Running from March. There is no nightmare of 0.227.
KIA foreign hitter Socrates Brito recorded a batting average of 0.311, 17 homers, 77 RBIs, 83 points and 12 stolen bases OPS of 0.848 in 127 games in the 2022 season. It’s a pretty good performance, but it wasn’t the performance of Jose Pirella (Samsung), the best foreign hitter last year.
Kim Gwang-hyeon (SSG) had a fractured nasal bone in the sand dune, and after taking a break for a month, his productivity in the second half of the season fell slightly. Equally, the beginning of the season was teetering on the pitch. In April of last year, his batting average was 0.227, 1 home run, 9 RBIs, 12 points and 1 stolen base in 24 games. It was not easy to adapt to new KBO league pitchers. In the demonstration game in March, he had a batting average of 0.250, 1 home run, 4 RBIs and 5 runs in 12 games.
Then, what about Socrates’ March and April of this season? I have experienced enough of the KBO league for a year, and I have accumulated my own know-how. In the industry, there is a strong belief that performance at the beginning of the season, whether as a team or individual, eventually leads to a good harvest at the end of the season. On the contrary, if you die too much in April, you will make up for it and then a year will pass, and your average will often be reduced.
This year’s exhibition match is definitely different. In 4 games until the match against Doosan in Gwangju on the 18th, he had 3 hits in 9 at-bats and a batting average of 0.333 and 3 RBIs. It is difficult to attach significant significance to the sample because of the small sample size. Still, it is true that Socrates’ bat looks light. The Doosan match was good with 2 hits in 2 at-bats.
KIA is now difficult to be satisfied with simply advancing to the postseason. This season, I have a sense of purpose that I have to achieve something in fall baseball. If you are a foreign player who has adapted to the league for a year, there is no expectation that you can lead the team’s upward flow by making an early rush without time to adapt. If you show what you showed in May and June of last year from the beginning of this season, there is nothing more you want from KIA.
Naturally, it can ignite the competition for the best foreign hitter this season. While Pirella is trying to keep his pride, the new foreign batter, Brian O’Grady (Hanwha), stands out the most in the demonstration game. There are many players to watch, such as Jose Rojas (Doosan), returning Edison Russell (Kiwoom), Jason Martin (NC), Guillermo Heredia (SSG), and Austin Dean (LG).
Socrates will be the center batting line this season as well. It is possible to be a table setter in terms of style, but there are many domestic hitters who can play the role. Basically, if you show at least as much productivity as last year, you can be satisfied with KIA.토토사이트 If you do better, you can be reborn as the best foreign hitter.
And you have to go full time without getting hurt. Even in July of last year, the KIA lineup without Socrates felt like a screw was missing. In addition, if the center outfield is well guarded, the icing on the cake. Even if you run from the beginning, it is unlikely that you will run the so-called ‘hillbilly marathon’. Last year proved the grade. KIA’s expectations for Socrates are high.