LG Twins’ outfield line is expected to change in the 2023 season.
New head coach Yeom Kyung-yeop intends to use outfield resources to play in the rotation by using the designated hitter position. Moreover, if a foreign hitter is recruited as an outfielder, the outfield composition and business trips become more complicated. Hong Chang-ki, who won the on-base title last year, is expected to undergo the most changes.
Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “If we recruit a foreign hitter as an outfielder, we plan to appoint him as a right fielder.” LG plans to recruit the ‘best hitter’ regardless of position. Most likely to be an outfielder. There are many outfielders in the current candidate pool.
Hong Chang-ki, who was LG’s right fielder for the past three years, including this year, will move to left field. Manager Yeom said, “A right fielder must have a strong shoulder. (During a single hit), there is a big difference in whether or not a runner on first base advances to third base,” he said. “I plan to use Hong Chang-gi as a left fielder.”
In left field, there is Kim Hyun-soo, the team’s center hitter. Director Yeom said, “Kim Hyun-soo alternates between left fielder and designated hitter. I don’t play first base,” he explained. When Kim Hyun-soo plays as the designated hitter, Hong Chang-ki will play left fielder.
Kim Hyun-soo will play as a left fielder and designated hitter this year. He appeared in 96 games as a left fielder and 45 as a designated hitter.
In left field, Kim Hyun-soo pitched 802.1 innings, Lee Jae-won 204.2 innings, Moon Seong-joo 213 innings, and Hong Chang-ki 25.2 innings. When Kim Hyeon-soo played 스포츠토토 as a designated hitter this year, Lee Jae-won and Moon Seong-joo, who played left field, will play 400 innings for Hong Chang-ki next year.
In the 2022 season, LG’s outfield team was mainly played by Kim Hyun-soo, Park Hae-min, and Hong Chang-ki (Moon Seong-ju), and in the 2023 outfield, Kim Hyun-soo (Hong Chang-ki), Park Hae-min, and foreign hitter (Moon Seong-ju) are expected to be the main ones. Hong Chang-ki, who ranks second in the outfield position, and Moon Seong-ju, ranks first in the designated hitter.
The overall picture is that Hong Chang-ki, Moon Seong-joo, Kim Hyun-soo, and foreign hitters take turns playing in the designated hitter position to arrange the physical strength of the main players.