Kim Do-young Rival’s emotional first-team debut but… Struck out on three pitches and missed a foul fly. The first drink made me hungry.

May 29, 2023 0 Comments

The prospect who was dubbed the rival of “super rookie” Kim Do-young throughout his high school career finally made his first first-team appearance. However, he was not satisfied with his first drink. He was disappointing in both offence and defence.

The KIA Tigers removed infielder Hong Jong-pyo from the roster ahead of their game against the LG Twins in Gwangju on the 28th and called up second-year infielder Yoon Do-hyun instead. It was Yoon’s first first-team call-up.메이저사이트

Yoon was known as “Kim Do-young’s rival” in Gwangju. Kim Do-young of Gwangju Dongseong High School and Yoon Do-hyun of Gwangju Ilgyo High School naturally became rivals. Until their sophomore year, it was hard to tell who was better, but in their junior year, Kim Do-young’s breakout performance earned him a first-round pick, while Yoon Do-hyun was selected by KIA with the 15th pick in the second round. Rivals playing for the same team.

Last year, when Kim Do-young was in the spotlight as a “super rookie” after winning the batting title in an exhibition game, Yoon Do-hyun had to watch on TV. He fractured the metacarpal bone in his right hand after colliding with a fellow fielder while fielding in an exhibition game against the Samsung Lions in Daegu on 14 March last year. His rehabilitation was lengthy, and his 2022 season was over.

This year’s season was again interrupted by a hamstring injury early on, but he quickly rehabilitated and started playing in the Futures League on the 3rd, and finally made his first team debut on the 28th.

In the Futures League, he showed off his long bat. His batting average wasn’t the best at 2.33 (9-for-38), but he hit three home runs and showed off his long ball.

He got his chance to play quickly. After Byun Woo-hyuk, who was the starting third baseman for LG Electronics on the day, made an unfortunate throwing error in the first inning and struck out in the bottom of the second inning, KIA manager Kim Jong-guk brought in Yoon Do-hyun in place of Byun. It would have been nice to have a good batting performance from the start, but reality is reality.

In his first at-bat as the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning, trailing 0-7, Yoon was unable to hit the ball and returned to the dugout. Facing Im Chan-kyu, LG’s best pitcher of late, Yoon let a first-pitch slider slip by, swung wildly at a 110km curveball for a 2S count, and swung wildly again at a 115km curveball for a 3S count. Three strikes.

The defence was also disappointing. In the bottom of the seventh inning, leadoff hitter Park Dong-won hit a ball that flew towards the third base dugout and missed the catch. Yoon Do-hyun, who was already in the dugout, chased the ball as it curved inward but couldn’t catch it. It was recorded as an error.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, he batted second with the bases loaded, but was replaced by pinch-hitter Kim Kyu-sung.

Kim suffered a broken left pinky toe while running the bases against the SSG Landers on 2 April. He has been receiving treatment in Japan and is expected to return in July at his current pace.

Can Yoon Do-hyun step up before Kim returns? I wonder if we’ll get to see the one-hit wonder he had in the Futures.

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