On first day of expanded roster, second baseman Lee Seung-yeop, who didn’t get a first-team call-up, goes 2-for-5 with two homers and five RBIs

The KBO will implement expanded rosters on September 1. Each team will be able to add up to five players. In addition to strengthening the roster, it’s also a chance for teams to see how their prospects are performing in the Futures League.

Kim Seok-hwan, the KIA left-handed slugger who has been called the “next Lee Seung-yeop,” did not receive a call-up to the first team. Instead, Park Jun-pyo, Kim Dae-yu (pitcher), Han Seung-taek (catcher), and Hwang Dae-in (infielder) were given the opportunity to earn a spot on the first team roster.

Kim Seok-hwan put on a batting show in the Futures’ first game against Samsung at Gyeongsan Ballpark on April 1 to make up for not receiving a first-team call-up. Batting in the No. 4 spot, Kim racked up five hits, including two home runs, to help his team win the game.

After leading off the second inning, Kim struck out swinging on a full count against Samsung starter Choi Ha-neul. There were no second outs. Trailing 0-1 in the fourth inning, Kim stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs, and on a 3B-0S favorable pitch count, he pulled four pitches and connected with a superior solo arch. The ball traveled a whopping 130 meters.

Trailing 1-4 with runners on first and third in the sixth inning, Kim hit a sacrifice fly to right field, and trailing 2-4 with runners on first and second in the eighth inning, he sent a pitch over the fence. Samsung’s first-round pick, Choi Chung-yeon, drew a 6-pitch walk on a 2B-2S count to rob Woo Jung-wol of a three-run homer. 5-4 reversal.안전놀이터

KIA defeated Samsung, 7-5. After starter Kim Ki-hoon (3⅔ innings, 3 hits, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts, 3 runs (2 earned)), second-round pick Yu Ji-sung pitched 3⅓ innings, 3 hits (1 HR), 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, and 1 run for his seventh win of the season. Kang added the save with two innings of one-hit ball, two strikeouts and one run (unearned). Kim Min-soo and Choi Soo-bin had multi-hit games.

Kim Seok-hwan hasn’t really shown what he can do in the first team this season. In four games, he went 1-for-14. On the other hand, he is unbeatable in the Futures stage. He leads the league in home runs (16) and RBIs (61). In his last 10 games, he is batting 4-for-6 with 15 doubles (32 RBI), six home runs, and 22 RBI.

As he continues to show off his bat on the Futures stage, we wonder if he’ll be given a chance to move up to the big leagues. He needs to be called up to the big leagues when he’s hitting well to really showcase his talent.

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