Song Chan-eui (LG) showed a good hitting feeling on the Australian stage. Can it be a big help for LG this season?
The time when Song Chan-eui, who was nominated by the LG Twins with a total of 67 in the 2nd 7th round of the 2018 rookie draft, drew a lot of attention during the exhibition game last season. Song Chan-eui, who could not play in the first team after joining LG, enlisted in the military after the 2019 season. Song Chan-eui, who returned from military service, became the home run king of the demonstration game by hitting 6 home runs in 12 games in the 2022 season demonstration game.
Due to his performance during the exhibition game, he was included in the opening roster. However, Song Chan-eui’s performance fell short of expectations. He was expunged from first-team entry in April, going 3-for-16 with 2 RBI for a batting average of 0.188 OPS and 0.410. Song Chan-eui, who was called up again in May, played an active role with 8 hits in 25 at-bats, 2 home runs, 5 RBIs, and a batting average of 0.320 OPS and 1.033, but in June, he was sluggish with 3 hits in 23 at-bats, 1 RBI, 0.130 OPS and 0.341 batting average, and went down to the second team again. Song Chan-eui, who had no chance after that, returned to the first team in October and recorded 3 hits, 1 home run and 2 RBIs in 8 at-bats. His performance last season was 72 at bats, 17 hits, 3 home runs, 10 RBIs, a batting average of 0.236 OPS of 0.699.
After the season, Song Chan-eui went on a new experience wearing the Geelong Korea uniform. In the Australian Professional Baseball League (ABL), Song Chan-eui swung hard. He appeared in 28 games, where he went 33-for-102 with 7 homers and 24 RBIs for a 0.324 OPS of 0.979. In particular, he showed a good sense of hitting at the beginning of the season and was even selected as the best hitter of the week in the 1st and 2nd rounds.메이저놀이터
LG has a player who has established himself in the first team after performing well in Geelong Korea. Hong Chang-ki is the main character. Hong Chang-ki wore the Geelong Korea uniform after the 2019 season. Hong Chang-ki hit hard with 41 hits, 3 homers, 21 RBIs, a batting average of 0.333 OPS and 0.961.
Hong Chang-ki, who returned to LG, made a big success with 114 hits in 408 at-bats in 135 games in the 2020 season, 5 home runs, 39 RBIs, a batting average of 0.279 OPS of 0.827, and was ranked second in the Rookie of the Year vote. In the 2021 season, he topped the on-base percentage with 144 games, 524 at-bats, 172 hits, 4 homers, 52 RBIs, a batting average of 0.328, an on-base percentage of 0.456, and an OPS of 0.865, and won the first Golden Glove in his life. The record for the 2022 season is 118 games, 437 at bats, 125 hits, 1 home run, 51 RBIs, a batting average of 0.286 OPS and 0.745.
Ahead of this season, Song Chan-eui is warming up his sense of hitting. I look forward to seeing if he can spread his wings like Hong Chang-ki. Meanwhile, the Geelong Korea team, which has completed their season schedule, will return to Korea via Incheon International Airport on the afternoon of the 23rd.