“It’s comfortable to come to the baseball field this year”… The second Lee Jong-beom, armed with confidence
“It seems to be comfortable coming out of the baseball field this year.”
Kim Do-yeong (20, KIA Tigers), the ‘second Lee Jong-beom’, was armed with confidence. He promised to perform differently this year than in the first year of his debut.
On the 30th of last month, Doyoung Kim left for Tucson, Arizona, USA, where the team’s field training will be held through Incheon International Airport. Regarding his first overseas training before leaving the country, he expressed his feelings, saying, “I have a different resolution as I am going to spring camp abroad for the first time. I think I should have a special resolution even in my current position.”
Last year, Kim Do-young drew a lot of attention as a super rookie. Born in Gwangju, his main position is shortstop. He was loved by many fans for his potential that reminded him of Tigers legend Lee Jong-beom, who went through Haitai and KIA.
As a super rookie, he showed impressive performances from the exhibition game. He had a batting average of 0.432 (19-for-44), 2 home runs, and 5 RBIs in 12 games, placing him first in the batting average and most hits category during his exhibition period. Naturally, a lot of the spotlight followed, and he even earned the honor of joining the Opening Day roster and starting as the team’s number one hitter on his debut.
However, in the regular season, he could not continue the explosive impact he had during the exhibition game. He performed poorly during the month of April, posting a batting average of 0.179 (15 hits in 84 at-bats). In July and August, he rebounded slightly with a batting average in the mid-to-late 20% range, but the final performance batting average was 0.237 (53 hits in 224 at-bats), 3 homers, 19 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.674. The season was not as expected for the team or individual players.
Kim Do-young said, “There were a lot of things I really regretted. But there were also things I was satisfied with, so I think it was a good season. This year, I have a strong desire to settle down.” I think I have to prepare hard for it,” he said. 스포츠토토
Kim Do-young grew through one season, regardless of the results. He has some realizations in both offense and defense. “(In hitting), the positive thing in the second half was that I did not change my batting form. I think it was easy to find,” he explained.
He is still young as a second-year professional, but it is definitely different from last year. He got rid of the burden of being a super rookie and regained his confidence. “I thought I didn’t feel any pressure last year, but I think I felt a lot in my body. It seems that coming out to the ballpark this year is definitely comfortable. I don’t know if I’ve adapted, but it’s comfortable and I’ve become very close with my seniors and brothers.”
He added, “I always have confidence. Also, I am more confident this year than last year. I don’t know why, but I feel like it will be fun and excited. My goal is to finish the spring camp without getting hurt.”
Finally, Kim Do-young revealed his determination for his second season in his pro. He said, “I want to instill trust in the director and show a lot of stable images.”