“I’m doing my own swing.”

Samsung Lions outfielder Kim Hyun-joon suffered a canopy fracture during a batting during an exhibition game against KT Wiz on March 19, when the season began late.

He made a comeback, but he was not good with a batting average of 0.237 in May, but he recovered completely in June. He quickly regained his senses, and despite the late start of the season due to injury, he played in 45 games in the first half and showed good performance with a batting average of 0.303, 53 hits, two home runs, 12 RBIs, and 21 points.

The second half is even hotter. He is making a big success as the Samsung leadoff with a batting average of 0.343 in 15 games, 23 hits, 11 RBIs and 16 points. Except for May (0.237), his monthly batting average exceeds 30%. He is very active with 0.357 in July and now 0.320 in August as well.
In the first half and second half, he had a batting average of 0.314, 76 hits, 2 home runs, 23 RBIs and 37 points in 60 games. Although he did not make it to the top of the rankings because he failed to fill the required batting order, he has the same batting average as Kim Hye-seong (Kiwoom Heroes), who is 7th in batting.

Kim Hyun-joon’s last season was his first full-time season. He played 118 games and scored 100 hits and 22 RBIs, brilliantly filling the vacancy of Park Hae-min, who moved to the LG Twins as a free agent. This season, his performance surpasses him and is a great help to Samsung coach Park Jin-man.

Director Park Jin-man said, “I am doing my own swing. He used to not be able to swing his own swing, and he used to swing to catch up on bad counts. But now, even if the ball count is unfavorable, the ability to produce hits while swinging has improved. He gained confidence at the plate,” he praised.

It’s not just an attack. There was also room in defense. There may be difficulties as a center fielder who has to cover a wide range, but Kim Hyun-joon continues to grow.

Coach Park has become much more relaxed in defense. He has developed his ability to follow the bat comfortably. “I have the time to start studying fast or slow.”
“Genius hitter” Lee Jung-hoo (Kiem) underwent surgery due to a left ankle injury, and it is virtually difficult to participate in the Hangzhou Asian Games with only three months left in rehabilitation. In this situation, names such as Kim Hyun-joon, Yoon Dong-hee, and Kim Min-seok (Lotte Giants) are being mentioned.

Director Park Jin-man said, “If you look at it now, isn’t it number one?” As a team, it may be regrettable to be at the end of the league, but looking at the player’s long-term future will help him in his career. If I go to the national team, I will grow. If I can represent the team, it will be a great help to my career.”

Kim Hyun-joon, who gave up his dream of the Asian Games due to an injury in an exhibition game, can play in the Asian Games as a substitute for a genius hitter.


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