LG catcher Park Dong-won faced KIA for the first time in an exhibition game.
Park Dong-won started as the 6th catcher in the Gwangju KIA match on the 20th and recorded 2 hits in 3 at-bats. He hit KIA starting pitcher Shawn Anderson in the 2nd inning and hit the right in the 4th inning, respectively. In the 2nd inning, it was a shot to create a chance, and in the 4th inning, it was a shot to prevent a tripartite offense.
Park Dong-won chose LG for 4 years and 6.5 billion won in the 202-2023 FA market. KIA tried to sign a non-FA multi-year contract with Park Dong-won from the end of the season, but it was not possible. Although the difference between KIA and LG’s offering amount was not large, Park Dong-won chose the metropolitan area team.메이저사이트
For LG, Yoo Kang-nam had an early relationship with Lotte and needed a new catcher, so they chose Park Dong-won, who is two years older than Yoo Kang-nam. Park Dong-won has minor injuries and is older than Yoo Kang-nam, but he possesses the ability to stop stealing, excellent defense, and punching power to hit 20 home runs. There are many evaluations that he suits LG well.
Park Dong-won has a good batting pace in this demonstration game. In 7 games, including 2 hits, 6 hits in 15 at bats, batting average of 0.400, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 3 runs scored and 4 walks. He is so cohesive in his at-bat that he only strikes out once. He has never shown a good performance in an exhibition match, but this season he has a good start.
LG lost 1-3, scoring only 1 point on 7 hits and 4 walks. It is said that the content is more important than the result, but Park Dong-won’s two hits were comforting. However, Park Dong-won does not have to be happy. There is no guarantee that good performances in demonstration games will lead to the regular season.
Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop expected at the Scottsdale camp that if Park Dong-won and Lee Jae-won hit a hole in the 6th and 7th batting order, they would be able to create synergy with the top batting line and change the trend of the lagging game and lay the foundation for a come-from-behind victory. Since LG has a strong bullpen, this is important.
For KIA, Park Dong-won’s two hits can be heartbreaking, but it has already passed. After missing Park Dong-won, he even tried to trade, but failed, and decided to start the 2023 season with Han Seung-taek and Joo Hyo-sang, who was recruited by trade from Kiwoom. Han Seung-taek and Joo Hyo-sang are good enough catchers. He trained faithfully in Tucson and Okinawa, and is expected to fill the vacancy of Park Dong-won.