5-for-5 in second half, ‘explodes’ for first career 2G, 3-hit game…24-year-old, 6-foot-3 outfielder is a force to be reckoned with in Samsung outfield
Samsung Lions outfielder Kim Sung-yoon (24), the team’s “little giant” at 163 centimeters, is having a breakout second half.
After joining the Samsung Lions with the 39th overall pick in the 2017 Second Fourth Round, Kim had only played in 110 games until last year. Even last season, when he played the most games, he didn’t make much of an impact with eight hits, two RBIs, and 14 runs scored in 48 games.
However, this season has been different. In the first half of the year alone, Kim has played 52 games, mostly as a pinch hitter and defender, and he’s been an energizing force for Samsung. Despite playing most of his games off the bench, he still managed 15 hits, seven RBIs, 11 runs scored, and six stolen bases.
Kim Sung-yoon’s second half has been nothing short of spectacular. Photo by Kim Young-koo
Then came the second half. Kim Sung-yoon has become a new force in the Samsung outfield. After seven games in the second half, he is batting .500 with nine hits (one home run), five RBIs, and three runs scored.
In particular, on the 28th and 29th of this month, against the Gochuk Kiwoom Heroes, fans got to know the name Kim Sung-yoon. In the 28th game, he didn’t come up with the game-winning hit in the 5-5 tie, but he did provide a valuable RBI to give his team the lead in the top of the 12th inning. On the day, Kim went 3-for-6 with a home run, one RBI, and one run scored.
He also shined in game 29. He went 5-for-5 with three doubles and three RBIs. Of Samsung’s seven runs scored that day, Kim was responsible for nearly half of them. His hits were to center, left, and left-center field. Samsung extended their winning streak with a 7-2 victory
For the first time in his professional career, Kim had three hits in two consecutive games. Park Jin-man has been a breath of fresh air for Samsung, taking advantage of the opportunities he’s been given. This has freed up Jose Pirela and Koo Ja-roo to take turns batting designated hitter. The offense has multiplied.
After the game, Kim Sung-yoon told the host broadcasters, “I always go into the batter’s box with confidence and try to accomplish the goals I set for myself.” “I’m focusing on the process, focusing on my batting speed, and my ups and downs are disappearing,” he said.
“Hitting coach Tachibana gave me some good words before I stepped up to the plate, and coach Bae Young-seop talked about my fastball, so I prepared myself to not go out late, and the results were good,” he said of his two-run triple in the eighth inning.스포츠토토
Kim was a career .173 hitter going into last season, but he has since bounced back in the second half of the season and is a breath of fresh air in the Samsung outfield.