Choi Won-joon → 1st base, Ryu Ji-hyeok → 3rd base, Park Chan-ho → shortstop, Kim Do-young no position? KIA infield ‘It’s war’

“Wonjun is only thinking of first base and outfielders.”

KIA coach Kim Jong-guk has no intention of using Choi Won-joon as a third baseman, second baseman, or shortstop. He may change his mind later, but for now. His most played position in the infield is third base. However, coach Kim Jong-guk said that Choi Won-joon felt more comfortable defending first base than third base.스포츠토토

Moreover, there is a 30% leadoff Ryu Ji-hyeok at third base. In the center infield, shortstop Park Chan-ho and second baseman Kim Seon-bin are solid. There are all-weather infield backups named Kim Kyu-seong and Choi Jeong-yong. Therefore, when Choi Won-jun enters the infield, he has no reason to go to any other position other than first base.

KIA currently has the lowest offensive production of first basemen. On the other hand, in the outfield, Lee Woo-sung and Ko Jong-wook, centered on Socrates Brito, perform more than expected. Lee Chang-jin can sortie anytime. At the earliest, Na Seong-beom will return at the end of this month. It is an environment that is difficult for Choi Won-joon to squeeze into.

Choi Won-joon also naturally thought, “I can play as a first baseman” while watching the KIA game at Sangmu. In fact, he was instructed by the team to train as a first baseman, and went out as a first baseman for about two games in Sangmu. “I practiced for about a week,” he said. On the 13th, when he went out as the second baseman, he showed a good defensive ability in his comeback match with Kiwoom.

As this happens, there is a possibility that the method of using Kim Do-young, who will return at the end of this month or early July at the earliest, will become ambiguous. Of course, Choi Hyeong-woo said, “Do-young was a backup last year too” right after the match against Doosan in Jamsil on the 10th. It is true that he is a player whose average is still difficult to predict.

However, it is clear that he is an infielder with the greatest potential ever. There is a reason why coach Kim Jong-guk was trying to use Kim Do-young as a full-time starting third baseman this year. To expand Kim Do-young’s range of uses, Choi Won-joon should go to the outfield. This is because Ryu Ji-hyeok moves to first base while Kim Do-young can move to third base.

However, if Choi Won-joon is sent to the outfield to use Kim Do-young, Choi Won-joon’s scope of use will inevitably be narrowed. As long as Choi Won-joon returns, there is no guarantee that Kim Do-young will take on a fixed role after returning at the end of this month or early next month. On the other hand, if even Kim Do-young returns, there is a possibility that the position of existing first basemen such as Byun Woo-hyuk will be further narrowed.

For director Kim Jong-guk and KIA, it is a happy imagination and a worry. In the end, it means that Yasujin’s depth is getting thicker, and it means that he will have the power to endure injuries and physical strength issues. When Kim Do-young returns, the infield becomes saturated, and various combinations can be drawn in the infield and outfield, including Choi Won-joon. Conditions and data on the day are the main considerations. Director Kim said, “I am still hungry.”

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