There is a batter with a batting average of .650 in Lotte.
Outfielder Ahn Kwon-soo (30), who newly joined Lotte ahead of this season, is emerging as a new vitality for Lotte’s batting line. Ahn Kwon-soo started as the first hitter and center fielder in an exhibition game against NC held at Changwon NC Park on the 24th, and led the team to a 6-5 victory by playing an active role in 4 at-bats, 3 at-bats, 2 hits, 1 walk, 1 RBI and 2 runs.
An attack in the top of the 3rd inning when Lotte trailed 0-3. Ahn Kwon-soo walked on base with 2 outs and saved the fire of the offense, which led to a chance for 2 outs and 1st and 2nd bases, and Jack Rex’s 3-run homer in the middle of the right led to a 3-3 tie. At the beginning, Ahn Kwon-soo was on base.
It was the same in the attack in the top of the 5th inning. After one out, Ahn Kwon-soo made a breakthrough with a right-handed hit, and Ahn Chi-hong’s left-handed two-run home run allowed Lotte to turn 5-3.
This time, it was Ahn Kwon-soo’s turn to act as the solver. In the top of the 7th inning, when the chance to run 2 out and 2nd base approached, Ahn Kwon-soo hit a right-handed hit to give the team a 6-5 lead, and became the protagonist of the game’s final hit.
In addition, Ahn Kwon-soo’s batting average in demonstration games jumped to .650 with a burst of multi-hits. He boasts an amazing hitting feeling of a whopping 13 hits in 20 at-bats. 4 at-bats difference from the team’s required at-bats (27 at-bats). We may soon see his name on the exhibition batting rankings.
“It’s an exhibition game now, so it’s more important to do well in the regular season. I’m paying attention to that part,” Ahn Kwon-soo said, “I think the balance is good now. Baseball is a mental sport. No matter how well you hit now, you can do well in the regular season.” I have to hit it,” he said, promising that he would continue his performance in the demonstration game in the regular season. 메이저놀이터
Coincidentally, Doosan is the opponent for Lotte’s regular season opening game. Doosan is the team where Ahn Kwon-soo worked until last year. Ahn Kwon-soo said, “I think I’ll stop thinking about that. It would be nice if the condition of the demonstration game goes as it is,” but as a pitcher he wants to face against Doosan, he said, “I want to face Won-jun Choi. I wish I could come out,” he joked.
Will Ahn Kwon-soo be reborn as Lotte’s new offensive spearhead? Proving his worth from his demonstration game, he is getting closer to entering the opening entry and to occupying a spot in the outfield. He, too, dreams of a full-time season. Ahn Kwon-soo said, “It was helpful to get a lot of bats last year. Last year, I lost my pace in the middle of the season because of my stamina, but I’m working hard to manage my stamina and taking care of it.”