Professional baseball Lotte Giants “Super Rookie” Min-seok Kim (19) reported his first RBI in his first starting game. Kim Min-seok, who was called “the biggest hitter in high school” in last year’s rookie draft, is showing outstanding skills in offense and defense and is predicting a big success from his debut season along with pitcher Lee Tae-yeon (19), who was his motivation for joining the team.
Lotte won 5-3 in the match against Shinhan Bank SOL 2023 KBO League KT Wiz held at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan on the 9th. With this, Lotte got out of the mire of three consecutive losses and accumulated a valuable number of wins. Lotte is in 8th place with 2 wins and 4 losses in 6 games since the opening on the 1st.
On this day, Lotte won its second win with starting pitcher Na Gyun-an (24) pitching 7 innings, 8 strikeouts, and no runs. In the attack, newcomer Kim Min-seok, along with Hwang Seong-bin, who struck the final blow, caught the eye. Kim Min-seok, who started for the first time in the game as the second batter and center fielder, participated in all of the team’s RBIs and played a big role with 2 hits and 2 RBIs in 4 at-bats.
At the end of the 7th inning, in a situation where the team was leading 1-0, with 1st and 2nd bases unscathed, KT hit a 6th ball that was excluded from selection and reported his first professional RBI. Even at the end of the 8th inning, Kim Min-seok called Seung-min Ko, who was at second base, home with a hit that fell in front of the center fielder in a situation with 2 out on 1st and 2nd base.
Kim Min-seok also performed well in defense. In defense in the top of the 7th inning, KT’s Park Kyung-soo wonderfully caught a long hit that hit the deepest part of the Sajik Stadium, and the scene where the team overcame the crisis was decisive.
Right-handed left-hander Kim Min-seok joined Lotte with the 3rd overall pick in the KBO rookie draft last year. Born in Whimungo, he was evaluated as a ‘5-tool hitter’ with strong shoulders, excellent batting balance, long hitting skills, and quick feet from his high school days. The Lotte club chose Kim Min-seok, who had a solid mindset for baseball, as their first choice and gave him a down payment of 250 million won.
After finishing his first professional start, Kim Min-seok said, “It seems like a movie-like game is over.” Kim Min-seok confessed his nervous mind, saying, “The day before the game, he heard the news of the start from his coach and he was so nervous that he couldn’t sleep.” Kim Min-seok recalled, “In the 7th inning, I hit with the idea of somehow sending runners to second and third base, and the moment I got out into the outfield was really like a scene from a movie.”
Min-seok Kim expressed his anticipation for a pitching matchup with KIA Tigers pitcher Yoon Young-cheol (19), who was the motive of his professional debut. Yoon Young-chul, a graduate of Chungam High School, joined the KIA with the second overall pick in the rookie draft last season. Kim Min-seok expressed his strong will, saying, “Young-cheol is so good at pitching that he struck out a lot in high school.”
Kim Min-seok also revealed his desire for long hits. Kim Min-seok clenched his fists, saying, “As I achieved my first RBI, I want to hit a long hit with a quality batting ball in the next game.” 토토사이트