Rebuilding the Futures → .062 batting average…the endless fall of the $1 million man

Can Jose Rojas (30-Dusan Bears) hit rock bottom and climb back up?

The Mountain Bears signed Rojas for a total of $1 million this offseason. As you can see from the price tag, expectations were high. He was seen as a better hitter than Jose Miguel Fernandez, who had been the best player in the game for the past four years, winning two batting titles. He was expected to have some power along with finesse and be a solid center fielder.

In 55 games this season, Rojas is 1-for-9. He’s tied for seventh in home runs with 10, but he lacks precision.

He was eventually removed from the roster on Nov. 11 to rebuild in the Futures League.

Rojas returned to the first team on the 22nd, but his batting average was even colder, going 6-for-3 in six games. He hasn’t hit a home run in more than 20 days.

Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop also expressed his frustration. He said, “He’s hitting pitches that miss. I don’t see the ball all the way through and make a quick judgment. I need to push to get a wide hit, but I’m getting hit hard. It should be an in-and-out swing, but it’s not working.”

A slight health scare at the beginning of the season has been a setback. “I had a nagging ankle injury early on. It was good as I recovered, but then my back got worse, and that’s when my hitting got worse,” he lamented.

Doosan needs Rojas to bounce back. Doosan is eighth in the league with a team batting average of 2.052 this season. Even when the pitching staff pitches well, the team has been unable to score enough runs to win, losing games by one or two runs.

On April 28 against the Jamsil NC Dinos, Rojas struck out the side in the top of the seventh inning after rallying from 0-2 to 1-2, and Doosan lost 1-4, ending their two-game winning streak.

Time is running out for Rojas. Lee said he’s giving him a chance by keeping him in the game for now, but there will come a point when he has to make a decision if he can’t rebound.온라인바카라

“It’s not an exaggeration to say that Rojas is the key to the batting lineup right now,” Lee said, adding that he hopes the “outfielder” will wake up.

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