Catcher is much more attractive than first base. He’s a player who will wear a first base mask one day.”
LG Twins manager Cha Myung-seok’s hopes are high, at least when it comes to hitting.
He’s the latest in a long line of Gyeongnam-go big hitters, following in the footsteps of Han Dong-hee, Noh Si-hwan, and Jeon Jeon-san.
He is not tall at 1m78, but his natural wrist strength and power have earned him praise as the right-handed version of Kang Baek-ho. They share a similar body type, and they both have soft hands, quick feet, and good athleticism for their size.토토사이트
He hit 10 home runs last year as a junior at Gyeongnam High School. It was his first double-digit home run season since switching to a wooden bat in high school baseball. That’s why Cha Myung-seok said, “We expect the proper name Kim Bum-seok to become synonymous with Korean baseball” when he was selected in the rookie draft.
He was initially considered a favorite to go to Lotte, but the team opted for Whimungo’s Kim Min-seok instead. In his first year as a full-time outfielder, Kim has the upper hand, batting .259 (102-for-400) with three home runs, 39 RBIs, and a .652 OPS. But the real competition is just beginning.
Due to a labral tear in his shoulder, which he has been dealing with since high school, there has been speculation that he might switch to first base in the pros, like his high school teammate Jeon Eui-san. However, the LG organization has focused on Kim’s potential as a catcher and has repeatedly pledged to develop him for the long term.
In the recent second round of the draft, LG gave up military catcher Kim Ki-yeon, and in the rookie draft, the team only selected Bae Kang in the seventh round. Aside from Park Dong-won and veteran Heo Do-hwan, the next players to wear the catcher’s mask are Jeon Jun-ho on defense and Kim Bum-seok on offense. Even after the second round of the draft, Cha said, “He’s much more attractive as a catcher than a first baseman. He’s a player who will wear the captain’s mask someday. Even from next year, I want Kim Bum-sik to help me on Park Dong-won’s days off.”
Kim proved to be a solid long ball hitter with six home runs for the Futures. He even had the pleasure of starting at first base against Lotte in Busan on Oct. 5. His pitching was stable but his delivery was shaky, but he got his first hit on October 7 against Gocheok Kiwoom. On October 9, he hit his first home run against Jamsil Lotte.
Against Cheongbaeik, he gained the trust of the coaching staff and was included in the Korean Series roster as the third catcher. He came in as a pinch hitter in the fourth game and hit a single, completing the rare feat of making his fall baseball debut and winning his high school debut season.
In his rookie season, he earned the Taegeuk mark. He was selected to play for the Korean National Baseball Team at the Asian Baseball Confederation Championships. Although the team failed to reach the final, Kim Bum-seok shined.
LG’s Kim Bum-seok rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run to left field in the second inning of the game between Lotte and LG at Jamsil Baseball Stadium on Sept. 9. Jamsil = Heo Sang-wook 기자[email protected]/2023.10.09/
South Korea’s national team lost 2-5 to Japan in the Korea-Japan game of the Asian Baseball Confederation Super Round at the Taipei Dome in Taiwan on Monday (Sept. 9), dropping them into the best-of-three series against the Philippines.
However, No. 4 hitter Kim Bum-seok showed off his long-ball power with a solo shot and a double off the fence. It was the first arch in eight games at the Taipei Dome, which opened three days ago.
He proved that he has a lot of potential. Now it’s just a matter of showing it in the professional stage. We look forward to seeing how Kim Bum-seok, a catcher, will perform next season.