‘FULL SEASON’ HANWHA COACH CHOI WON-HO “PREPARING FOR MULTIPLE POSITIONS COMPRESSING STARTERS CANDIDATES”

Choi Won-ho, Hanwha manager

Pro baseball coach Choi Won-ho of the Hanwha Eagles presented a rough sketch of the first full season. The field team, joined by new foreign hitter Yonatan Peraza and free agent (FA) Chi-hong Ahn, plans to control traffic through ‘multi-positions’, and plans to seek a harmony of old and new in the starting rotation, which has already narrowed down candidates once. am .For Coach Choi, who took over the baton midway through the season after former coach Carlos Subero was fired in May of last year, the 2024 season is the first season in which he takes steps from the planning stage .Coach Choi, who met at Incheon International Airport before leaving for spring camp on the 30th, said that first and second basemen will also play other positions. Ahn Chi-hong, who played as a starting infielder for the Lotte Giants, has had a significant impact since joining this season. Ahn Chi-hong will play both first and second base, and Chae Eun-seong, who was the starting first baseman, will also play right field.

If Ahn Chi-hong heads to first base and Chae Eun-seong heads to the outfield, one of Kim Tae-yeon, Jeong Eun-won, or Moon Hyun-bin will play second base. The remaining two go to the outfield. Coach Choi said, “Among Taeyeon Kim, Eunwon Jeong, and Hyunbin Moon, we will see who has good offensive ability and then we will consider their defensive abilities and the best player will enter the infield.” “If it’s good, we’ll put it into the game,” he explained. Moon Hyun-bin and Kim Tae-yeon are likely to play corners, and Jeong Eun-won is likely to play center field, but this will be confirmed after foreign hitter Peraza’s defensive position is decided. Regarding rookie Hwang Young-mook, who was invited to this spring camp, he said, “We are in a situation where we need to prepare a ‘third shortstop’ besides Lee Do-yoon ad Ha Joo-seok, and he is the most stable, so we are taking him in this time for testing purposes. “In the batting order, we are considering ways to maximize the synergy of Noh Si-hwan, Chae Eun-seong, Ahn Chi-hong, and Peraza. Coach Choi said, “We need to see whether putting four players in positions 1 to 4, 2 to 5, or 3 to 6 has a higher probability of scoring,” and added, “We will discuss the data with the coaching staff.”

The starting rotation has been confirmed, including the two foreign pitchers who renewed their contracts, Felix Peña and Ricardo Sanchez, as well as Dong-ju Moon. The 4th and 5th selection candidates were narrowed down to four, including Kim Min-woo, Lee Tae-yang, Younggun, Hwang Jun-seo, and Kim Ki-joong. Coach Choi introduced them as “two experienced players and two left-handed pitchers,” and explained the background, “If there are too many starting candidates, it is difficult to rotate and it is difficult to conduct proper testing.” Regarding the main bullpen, “I think Park Sang-won and Joo Hyun-sang are players who should be in the sure-to-win team,” adding that they will use Jang Si-hwan, Lee Min-woo, Kim Beom-soo, and Yoon Dae-kyung. In particular, regarding Kim Seo-hyun, who is in her second year, he joked, “I did as poorly in my first year as Moon Dong-ju’s first year,” and then said, “I’m hoping that I can do just as well in my second year as Moon Dong-ju.”Moon Dong-ju performed poorly in his debut season the year before last, with 1 win, 3 losses, and an average ERA of 5.65 in 13 games, but rebounded last year with 8 wins, 8 losses, and an average ERA of 3.72 in 23 games. Seo-Hyun Kim played in the second team last year and 토토 received a disappointing report card with an ERA of 7.25 in 20 games and 22⅓ innings.

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