No more pitchers”…Kiwoom’s Two-Totation Prospect Kim Gun-hee Committed to ‘Batter’

Kiwoom Heroes manager Hong Won-ki met with reporters at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on Tuesday and revealed his blueprints on Kim Gun-hee. “Kim Gun-hee is no longer a pitcher. He has decided to play only as a batter. That’s how he has changed his direction,” Hong said.토토사이트

Originally from Won High School, Kim Kun-hee was drafted sixth in the first round and joined Kiwoom. During his high school years, he worked as both a pitcher and a batter. He was praised for his outstanding talent in both fields.

Until his second year of high school, he focused more on catcher. In 2022, he was a senior. In that year, he played in 16 games with a batting average of 0.378 (17 hits from 45 times at bat), one homer and nine RBIs, a slugging percentage of 0.600, on-base percentage of 0.462, and an OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of 1.062. He lost three games, had an ERA of 1.29 and 14 strikeouts with six outs in 13 ⅔ innings in nine games. He had only two hits.

Immediately after Kiwoom’s nomination, Kim Gun-hee said, “I am confident that both pitchers and catchers will do well while learning hard.”

He immediately debuted in the main league last year. However, he did not have many opportunities. As a batter, he only posted a batting average of 0.182 (two hits in 11 times at bat) in nine games. As a first baseman, he pitched 28 ⅓ innings. As a pitcher, he pitched as a relief pitcher in three games and two innings, and had six hits (two homers) and two walks and five runs, earning an ERA of 22.50.

He did not even make it to the opening entry of this season. He has improved his skills in the Futures League for the second tier. He played in 19 games as a batter, posting a batting average of 0.310 (18 hits in 58 times at bat), 10 homers and RBIs, a slugging percentage of 0.431 and a 0.403 on-base percentage. He displayed stellar performance in the game. He served as a designated hitter and first baseman, and recently started as a catcher.

As a pitcher, he started seven ⅔ in three games and lost three games with a 7.04 ERA. He allowed six hits, walked 12 and struck out four and allowed nine runs (six earned runs). In the game against the Doosan Bears on April 4, he allowed three hits, gave up four runs (one earned run) in three innings, gave up two hits in four ⅔ against the Hanwha Eagles on April 10, and gave up one run, one hit, six walks and four runs in zero innings against the Hanwha Eagles on April 21. He has exposed his weaknesses in ball control and other factors. Since then, he has been on the field as a batter only.

“I gave him many options after seeing his talent in the field. However, I thought it would be our responsibility to narrow down the answer in the end,” Hong said. “Being versatile can be very difficult for a player. I have to work too many things. As I can’t complete everything, I decided on my original position as catcher, or fielder, and made him focus more on batting.”

“I was a catcher when I was a high school student. I just need time,” he said. “Since joining the pro league, I have never received balls from various pitchers. I have never received balls from first-team pitchers, either. I think it will take time for me to adjust to catcher again and focus on hitting.”

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