Pittsburgh Bae Ji-hwan Opening Day Entry Key?[SS Focus]
There is a big difference between a veteran and a rookie in spring training.
Veterans are in the stage of raising their pace in preparation for the opening of the season. Andrew McCutchen, former MVP who returned to his parents’ home, is a case in point. He is currently hitless in 8 at-bats. However, the rookie has to run with all his might, as if he were running a marathon. It is Rookie Bae Ji-hwan. If the veteran is not injured, he is included in the 26 entries for the opening game. The rookie is in a position to start the season in the minor leagues due to lack of skills.
Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Bae Ji-hwan (23), who played against the Minnesota Twins in the Florida Grapefruit League on the 6th (Korean time), only struck out 1 in 3 at-bats. 1 hit in 12 at-bats in 5 games. His batting average is 0.83.스포츠토토
Last year, he participated in 10 major league games, and his contact ability with 11 hits in 33 at-bats and a batting average of 0.333 is missing ahead of entry into the opening game of the 2023 season. In 13 at-bats in the Grapefruit League, he walked 1 and struck out 4. His on-base percentage is only 0.154. Coach Derek Seldon appointed Bae Ji-hwan as the top hitter and second baseman in four games. The intention is to save fast mobility. However, he is not living up to the director’s plan at all. The club is also looking forward to trust and growth in Bae Ji-hwan.
Bae Ji-hwan, left-handed hitter, made a safety foul on the ball count of 0-1 in the first at-bat of the day. Greg Brown, caster of Pittsburgh’s exclusive broadcasting station Sportsnet, said, “(Bae) Ji-hwan’s powerful weapon is his quick feet. He emphasized his mobility, saying, “He is a player who can put a safety bunt even when the ball count is 0-1.”
Pittsburgh is a team in rebuilding mode. Last offseason, he upgraded his power by trading with a free agent, but it is not enough to influence the team power. This year, the National League Central District is expected to be in the lower ranks. Since it is a rebuilding team, utility man Bae Ji-hwan also has a chance.
However, in the Grapefruit League, his contact and on-base percentage must be up to expectations before he can join the Opening Day 26-man roster. Bae Ji-hwan is not a power hitter. The team expects the role of stealing the score through contact and on-base. Mobility also needs to be on base to become a ‘lethal weapon’. This year, the base has grown from 38.1cm to 45.1cm, which is advantageous for quick players. Like Bae Ji-hwan, a green light runner is very advantageous because he can use the strategy from the position of coach Sheldon.
Last year, he stole 3 bases in 10 MLB games and 30 bases in 108 games at Triple-A Indianapolis.