Are the effects of Kang Jung-ho School finally showing up?
NC had difficulty building a central batting line at the beginning of the season. Foreign hitter Jason Martin left early due to side pain. Veteran Park Seok-min also withdrew due to a hamstring injury. Manager Kang In-kwon had no choice but to entrust captain Son Ah-seop to hit number 4.
Son A-seop hit 4 times in 15 games this season. He appeared in 30 games, so exactly half. His grades weren’t great. As he went 4, he went 14-for-56 with a batting average of .250 and 7 RBI with 11 strikeouts. Manager Kang In-kwon said, “It seems Son Ah-seop has a burden on hitting number 4.”
He knew the burden, but he had no alternative, so he pushed on. Director Kang seemed to be sorry. He still had to make a decision. Son A-seop led off seven consecutive games from Daejeon Hanwha on April 28 to Suwon KT on April 10.
His performance during this period was 14 hits in 31 at-bats with a batting average of 0.452 and 3 RBI. He has good grades when he goes out as the number one hitter this season. 17 hits in 41 at bats with a batting average of 0.415 and 6 RBIs. In the end, the season’s performance improved a lot. 38 hits in 121 at-bats in 30 games, batting average먹튀검증 0.314, 15 RBI, 15 runs, OPS 0.765.
Just like that, Martin is back. Kwon Hee-dong, who belatedly signed an FA contract, also joined. As they enter the center line, synergy with lead-off Son A-seop emerges. The NC lineup exploded in the game on the 9th and 10th against KT. Son A-seop’s lead-off arrangement also had an impact.
Of course, it is difficult to see that changing the batting order is everything. While preparing for this season, Son A-seop has been working on setting the launch angle of the batted ball to about 20 degrees to optimize the production of line drives. This was the conclusion reached at the Kang Jung-ho Academy in Los Angeles, USA last January.
In other words, Son Ah-seop’s sluggishness at the beginning of this season should be considered as a side effect of not fully adapting to the change in launch angle, apart from the effect of the batting order. Looking at Son A-seop’s batted ball recently, the quality is definitely good. He is basically an experienced hitter, so he has the potential to lead a good section for a long time if he gets a feel for it.
Coach Kang In-kwon induces an environment in which existing players make up for Yang Eui-ji’s (Doosan)’s hitting production with 10:00 general this season. However, there were many injuries at the beginning of the season. The start of some hitters who should be constant was also not good. However, in May, the other ships are slowly moving toward the normal track. The explosion in the last two games in a row is proof of that. In the end, captain Son Ah-seop, Park Gun-woo, Park Min-woo, and Martin must strike a balance to survive. The rediscovery of lead-off Son A-seop is significant.