There was a reason why NC Dinos invested a huge amount of 4.6 billion won. Catcher transfer student Park Se-hyeok led the team to 4 consecutive victories with a timely hit that ended the pitching battle.
Park Se-hyeok started as the 2nd catcher in the season’s first match against KT Wiz in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Changwon NC Park on the 11th and recorded 1 hit and 1 RBI in 2 at-bats, becoming the protagonist of the final.
Park Se-hyeok signed a FA contract with NC for up to 4.6 billion won in 4 years in November last year. Coach Kang In-kwon drew up an unprecedented lineup that puts a catcher who consumes a lot of stamina in the second position while conceiving of his strength through the US spring camp.
There were reasons for everything. Coach Kang, whom we met prior to the game on the 11th, said, “Park Se-hyuk’s feet are not slow. It can be said that he focused on the on-base rate.” He is not a player who will neglect defense because of offense,” he said, revealing his firm trust.
Park Se-hyeok has already played twice in 5 out of 8 games, with a batting average of .296, 2 homers, 5 RBIs, a slugging percentage of .519 and an on-base percentage of .367. And on this day, too, he repaid the coach’s trust by striking the final blow at the decisive moment.
After a foul fly by third baseman in the first inning and a sacrifice bunt from first baseman in the fourth inning, he showed off his presence as a strong second batter in his third at-bat. In the 6th inning, when the score was still 0-0, he appeared from 2nd out and 3rd base and hit a timely hit with 1 RBI that ended the pitcher’s battle. After watching the first ball of KT starter Bo Schulseo, who was cruising, he caught the second pitch change-up and connected it with a timely hit. It was the moment when the final blow was struck. 안전놀이터
Park Se-hyeok also proved the value of 4.6 billion won in pitching lead. On the 5th, against Doosan in Jamsil, Shin Min-hyeok, who was somewhat shaken by 6 innings, 7 hits (1 home run), 3 walks and 3 runs, teamed up with Shin Min-hyuk to pitch 6 innings, 6 hits, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts and no runs. Afterwards, Kim Jin-ho, Kim Si-hoon, and Lee Yong-chan showed off their perfect teamwork with the bullpen pitchers, contributing to a new victory by one point.
Thanks to Park Se-hyuk’s karate performance, NC won 4 consecutive wins by defeating KT.