150 home run record, honestly I didn’t know” …Rojas is establishing himself as the best foreign hitter in KBO history

As a foreign player, I am happy to leave a record in the KBO league.”

Foreign hitter Mel Rojas Jr. of the KT Wiz started as the first batter in the left field in the final game of the three consecutive weekend series against the “2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League” LG Twins held at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on Sunday. He had four hits (two homers) and three RBIs and three runs from five times at bat on the day. He led his team to an 11-2 victory.밤알바

From his first at bat, Rojas produced results. He took the lead as a batter in the bottom of the first inning, and opened the game with a hit in the middle. KT led the game by a large margin, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. In the bottom of the second inning, when his team was leading 4-0, Rojas blasted a cannon. He took the lead as a batter and hit a four-seam fastball by relief pitcher Kim Dae-hyun. He hit a 115-meter solo shot (Season 17) that fell into the right outfield stands to make the game 5-0.

Rojas had his third hit to the left at bat. He hit another cannon at the last at bat. He hit a four-seam fastball by relief pitcher Kim Jin-soo and hit a 135-meter long solo home run (Season 18) over the right fence, making it 10-0. Since then, KT has garnered a landslide 11-2 victory.

KT manager Lee Kang-chul praised the fielders’ performance after the game and gave a thumbs-up, saying, “Lohas’ home run determined the game.”

“I honestly didn’t know the record of 150 home runs, but as a foreign player, I’m happy to set a record in the KBO league. It’s always an honor to be able to leave a mark in the footprints,” Rojas said after the game.

Rojas signed a contract with KT in 2017 and took his first step in the KBO league, playing for four seasons until the 2020 season. Rojas won the league MVP in 142 games with a batting average of 0.349 (192 hits in 550 times at bat) with 47 homers and 135 RBIs and an OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of 1.097, and later transferred to the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese Professional Baseball (NPB). After playing in the Mexican league, he returned to KT.

Rojas returned after a four-year hiatus. He is still performing well. Currently, he has a batting average of 0.305 (74 hits in 243 times at bat), 16 homers and 51 RBIs with OPS (on-base plus slugging) of 0.996 in 63 games, energizing his team’s offense against the KT. Rojas recorded a total of 150 home runs in the KBO league as his last at-bat home run on the day. He is one step closer to becoming the fourth foreign hitter in the KBO by posting 150 home runs following Ryu Hyun-woo (former Doosan Bears / 174 home runs), Jay Davis (Hanwha Eagles / 167 home runs), and Jamie Romak (SSG Landers / 155 home runs).

With his outstanding slugging capability and clutch ability, Rojas has been deployed mainly in the center lineup, including the third batter, but is currently taking the leadoff role. Although he does not fit into the traditional leadoff due to his lack of focus, he is spearheading the team’s offense by banking on his outstanding offense. His batting average of 0.372 (32 hits in 86 times at bat) with seven homers and 24 RBIs. The leadoff also fits well, just like his clothes.

Regarding playing as the first batter recently, Rojas said, “When I first heard about the first batter playing, I thought if I would be suitable, but now that I see it, I think it’s the coach’s insight. It’s helpful to see a lot of the ball in No. 1, and I feel like the entire team’s batting line is also revived because strong players are holding out behind me.”

KT acquired the trophy the year after Rojas left (2021 season) by winning the championship overall. The aspiring golfer expressed strong commitment to win the championship. “It’s getting hot now, but I have to always maintain my best condition to win. The first step in goal is to advance to the playoffs. If I go to the playoffs, I will maintain a good feeling and am confident in advancing to the Korean Series. I really want to win the championship,” he said.

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