KT aiming for V2, will the ‘finish master’ battalion take the lead?

KT Wiz, who achieved the first combined championship in the 2021 KBO League, finished the season in 4th place last year. There was also a prospect that it would be possible to build a two-game losing streak and a dynasty, but it was difficult to avoid from the beginning of the season as injuries continued to appear one after another. They rebounded late in the second half of the season, but were eliminated in the semi-playoffs by Kiwoom Heroes with 2 wins and 3 losses. 

Another reason for kt’s lower-than-expected performance last year was the batting line. It was 8th with a team batting average of 0.254, 2nd with 119 homers, 7th with an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.705, and 7th with an average run per game of 4.38. Other than the home run, which benefited from the signing of free agent Park Byeong-ho, all other important indicators of team batting were in the lower ranks.

The battalion, which was expected to play a leading role in the kt lineup, but was sluggish, also contributed to the poor record of the team lineup. Bae Jeong-dae was the only player in the team to play in all 144 games, but was sluggish with a batting average of 0.266, 6 home runs, 56 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.695. His batting average stayed in the mid-20s, and his OPS did not reach 0.7. 

The double-digit home run achieved for two consecutive years with 13 home runs in 2020 and 12 home runs in 2021 could not be followed in 2022. In 2021, he hit 1 home run per 42.50 at-bats, but in 2022 he halved it with 1 home run per 84.67 at-bats. Strikeout versus walk, that is, ‘bolsambi’ was 0.43, close to geopo, but the actual home run index was not suitable for ‘gonggalpo’. As a result, he could not guarantee either the accuracy of his hitting or his long hitting power.

In 2021, Bae Jeong-dae mainly took on the 2nd hitter, who is a member of the table setter, or the 5th hitter, who acts as a solver in the center line. But last year, he was unable to stick to a specific batting order, and he drifted in various batting orders. It is interpreted as the result of poor overall hitting indicators. WAR (Based on Kaby Report), which represents the contribution to victory compared to substitute players, was 2.18, which was the worst since 2020, when he became a main player in the first team. 

Some are expressing regret that Bae Jeong-dae’s growth is not remarkable compared to his expectations when he entered the professional field. Bae Jeong-dae graduated from Seongnam High School and was nominated by the LG Twins in the 2nd 1st round 3rd place in 2014. 

In the recent KBO League, outfielders have fewer top-ranked nominees compared to pitchers, catchers, and infielders. There are cases where a player who played infield until high school, like Lee Jeong-hoo (Kiwoom), turned into an outfielder after entering the professional league. In this trend, the reason why LG nominated Bae Jeong-dae at the top is because it was evaluated that it had the potential of Hotajun to lead the team’s batting line and outfield in the future. He also emphasized his value as a right-handed outfielder, which is gradually disappearing in Korean baseball. 온라인카지노

Ahead of entering the first team in 2015, kt, a new club, took a designated team with a special designation other than 20 players. LG’s exclusion of Bae Jeong-dae from the list of 20 protected players was known as an inevitable choice with tears in it. It is a story that I had to let go of the assignment table that I hadn’t even raised properly due to the composition of the team. However, since then, Bae Jung-dae has not grown into an outfielder representing the league, such as achieving a 30% batting average at kt, winning an individual title, or being promoted to the adult national team.

Bae Jeong-dae, born in 1995, is likely to enjoy his heyday as he turns 28 this year. It is noteworthy whether Bae Jeong-dae, who is called ‘the master of finishing’, as he shows a particularly strong figure in the finishing situation, will spend his best season after his professional debut and take the lead in kt’s second overall victory.

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