“Shocked, out of my mind…” KKKK with a career AVG of 6th to a unique experience, but still a base 3 ‘dinosaur power’
“It’s hard to say I’m 100%, but…I’ve improved a lot.”
NC signature center fielder Park Min-woo (30) boasts a career batting average of 0.319, which ranks sixth among all KBO players with more than 3,000 at-bats. His ability to make contact is second to none. Even this season, he was hitting .310 with one home run, 24 RBIs, 36 runs scored, 15 doubles, and an OPS of .746 in 65 games prior to the game against the Changwon KIA on May 25.
However, Park Min-woo had a shocking day. On June 28, he went 0-for-4 against Doosan in Jamsil and struck out four times. Min-woo, who was interviewed before the game on June 25, remembers the day with a smile. “It was a shock. I’ve struck out up to three times in a day, but four was the first time,” he said.온라인바카라
In the first inning, Park swung and missed at a fastball and slider from Doosan left-hander Jang Won-jun. In the third, he watched a slider enter the strike zone and struck out looking. In the fourth, he was hit by another Jang Won-jun pitch. In the seventh inning, he led off with an 11-pitch at-bat against Choi Seung-yong, but again swung and missed at a slider.
It was a cycle where his hitting was slightly off. He went 2-for-8 against Hanwha in Changwon on July 23-24, and then went 0-for-7 in a two-game series against Doosan in Jamsil on July 27-28. The team unexpectedly dropped two games to Hanwha and one against Doosan.
The team won 4-1 on the day that Min-woo struck out four, and he quickly returned to form. He had back-to-back two-hit games against KT in Suwon on the 1st and 2nd and against Gochuk on the 4th. He was sidelined for a while with a sore shoulder at the end of the first half, but rested well during the All-Star break and healed up nicely.
“My defense (fielding) is fine, but my hitting is a little off,” Park said. “It was a cumulative injury, like sliding. I had to keep treating it and watch the game.” Still, he came back at the start of the second half and is on a good pace with a hit in three games.
“I think that’s baseball,” Park said. I’ve been hitting in the 3-for-5 range, and in the last year or two, I’ve been in the mid-2s a lot. Every year, there is something called luck. The last year or two, I was a little unlucky, and this year, I’m getting lucky.”
His batting average dropped to 0.261 and 0.267 in 2021 and 2022, but this season he is batting 0.310, showing that his average is still in the high teens. Between leadoff man Son Ah-seob and No. 3 hitter Park Geon-woo, he’s been able to bat, get on base, and showcase his mobility, acting as a lubricant for the top of the order. Seo Ho-cheol and Do Tae-hoon have backed him up at times, but Park Min-woo is ideally suited to anchor the Dinosaurs’ right-center infield.