Oh Jae-il, who had high expectations for “He is a key player this year,” showed an endless slump with a batting average of 0.080 in the second division…The first team is already full

Samsung Lions manager Park Jin-man made the remarks about Oh Jae-il, 38, ahead of the opening of this season. Expectations were as high as ever. After suffering a severe slump last season, Oh also struggled hard to recover. Oh Jae-il barely managed to exercise all day. He even stamped on his official schedule at the Samsung Lions Park in Daegu every day. “Oh Jae-il did a lot of weight training. Even at a glance, he became slim,” testified Lee Jong-yeol. Oh Jae-il was also clearly motivated as he is set to become a second FA.토토사이트

However, Oh Jae-il disappeared from the first division. The official record is the end of the match against the KIA Tigers in Gwangju on the 5th. Oh Jae-il was notified of his move to the second division by coach Park Jin-man. It was because he decided that time was needed for reorganization. He also wanted to ease the mental burden on Oh Jae-il, who was in a slump. Coach Park Jin-man wanted Oh Jae-il to join the squad as soon as possible after the maintenance.

However, Oh Jae-il’s batting sense has hardly been revived. He has a batting average of only 0.080 (2 hits in 25 times at bat) in 10 games in the Futures League. His batting average collapsed as he remained silent with no hits in three times at bat against the Lotte Giants in the Futures League on the 27th. He failed to hit a single home run and only posted two RBIs. His on-base hit rate was 0.172 while his slugging rate was 0.080.

While Oh Jae-il is struggling with a slump, Samsung’s infielders are already full. Foreign hitter David McKinnon will wear the first base mitts. The head coach is also satisfied with McKinnon’s defense. “I feel comfortable seeing him at first base. He is doing so well, just like his nickname “Spiderman.” I feel a sense of stability. I am absolutely delighted that he is also good at defense despite his good batting performance,” he said in complimenting McKinnon for keeping the hot corner on the right side of the infield.

As the main shortstop Lee Jae-hyun who underwent shoulder surgery returned, Kim Young-woong moved to the third base. In addition, Ryu Ji-hyuk also returned from injury and is playing as a second baseman. All of them have outstanding defense capability and excellent batting performance. He has three homers, 15 RBIs and 13 runs in 26 games, a batting average of 0.374 (37 hits in 99 times at bat) and an on-base percentage of 0.495 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of 0.965. In addition, he has backup fielders who can play all the infield positions, including Kang Han-ul and Kim Jae-sang. Samsung’s infielders are already saturated.

Coach Park Jin-man told reporters ahead of the “2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League” Kiwoom Heroes match held at Gocheok Sky Dome on the 28th, “The infield is saturated. I have no worries.” “Oh Jae-il’s pace is not good right now. He needs to raise it further. The timing of his return will be determined by what he does,” he said. “If Oh Jae-il does not rebound, there will be no first-team call-up.”

At the end of this season, Oh’s four-year, 5 billion won FA contract with him ahead of the 2021 season ends. In his first year as a transfer player, Oh recorded 25 homers, 97 RBIs, 64 runs batted in, 0.285 (119 hits from 418 times at bat) with an on-base percentage of 0.366 with an on-base percentage of 0.512 OPS of 0.878 in his 120 games. He led Samsung to the second place in the regular season. Thanks to Oh’s performance, Samsung took the postseason stage for the first time in six years.

In 2022, Oh Jae-il played the role of a center hitter with 21 home runs, 94 RBIs, 57 runs batted in, 0.268 (126 hits in 470 at-bats) on-base percentage, 0.491 OPS 0.836, but Oh Jae-il struggled with a severe slump with a batting average of 0.203 (64 hits in 364 at-bats) on-base percentage of 0.302 with a slugging percentage of 0.356 OPS of 0.658 in 106 games in the 2023 season.

Even if the infield is already saturated, Oh Jae-il is still necessary for Samsung. Will Oh Jae-il be able to shake off the slump.

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