180.6㎞ bullet hit – 1st place in the league in weekly batting average… Hanyu Island is back, the power of SSG is back
- on Sep 11, 2023
SSG has a strong image as a home run team. The team lineup was designed to take full advantage of Incheon SSG Landers Field, which is relatively small in size. However, this is not simply because the stadium is small. There are some players with top-level power in the league. And Hanyuseom (34) was one of the leaders.
He was Hanyu Island, who grew into a left-handed slugger representing the league, hitting 29 home runs in 2017 and 41 home runs in 2018. One force was beyond doubt. It was a power recognized by everyone. There was a period of ups and downs due to injuries, but I overcame it. In 2021, when the team changed its name to SSG and he also renamed himself Hanyu Island, he hit 31 home runs and announced his ‘strong power.’ He did his part last year as well, hitting 21 home runs and 100 RBIs. He was also captain of the winning team.
However, this year, the batting did not go as planned and a frustrating period continued. Han Yu-seom, who suffered from hamstring pain throughout last season and eventually suffered a serious injury of a hamstring rupture in the Korean Series, modified his batting form before the season to one that does not put too much strain on his lower body. It was a desperate measure to overcome the weight of age, which was now starting to become heavier. However, they struggled as they did not perform well at the beginning of the season.
After being in the 1st team, he performed poorly and was sent down to the 2nd team, and when he thought he had improved somewhat in the 2nd team, he was promoted to the 1st team again, but the routine repeated without any significant results. A difficult time has passed for both the coaching staff and players. It was hard to believe that Hanyu Island’s batting average remained at .196 (.196) until August 24th, well over half of the season. Even though the ball didn’t hit the bat, there was no chance of a long hit.
However, consistent efforts appear to be paying off at the end of the season. His batting skills have gradually improved since the end of August, and he is performing well in September, producing hits and extra-base hits. Hanyuseom is one of the best hitters in the league in September. He is leading the team’s batting lineup with a batting average of 0.520, on-base percentage of 0.571, slugging percentage of 0.680, and OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 1.251 in 7 games in September. His batting average (.542) last week was the highest in the league.메이저놀이터
It is not the home run race that fans expect from Hanyu Island. There was 1 home run in September. However, there is reason to expect that home runs will gradually increase in the future. Hanyu Island is finding its batting speed. Recently, fast balls hitting over 165 km/h have been appearing frequently in every game. If this hitting speed meets the appropriate launch angle, bombing the outfield stands can happen more often, considering Hanyu Island’s power.
This could be felt in the game against KT held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 10th. Hanyu Island contributed to the team’s come-from-behind victory with 4 hits that day. Of these, three hits were hard hits (hits over 152.9 km/h). According to the tally of ‘Trackman’, which provides tracking data to the 9 teams in the KBO League, the batting speed of the hit in the 3rd inning was a whopping 180.6 km per hour. It was a bullet hit. In this year’s league, there are less than 10 players who recorded an in-play batting speed (launch angle of 5 degrees or more) of 180 km or more.
Even athletes who lack strength can reach 160 km if they are lucky. However, 170km cannot be achieved through luck or hitting skills alone. There must be strength. Needless to say, 180 km. This can be good evidence that Hanyu Island’s athletic ability and strength are still intact. The batted ball speed in the 6th inning was also fast at 174.3 km, and the 9th inning also recorded 162.3 km, making only 3 batted balls over 160 km that day.
In fact, not much has changed technically in September. He is steadily continuing the steps he has taken so far, and it must be seen that he is now seeing results. If so, we can look forward to his future performance, which will be the most important moment for SSG. The fact that SSG’s batting lineup began to falter this year is also related to Hanyu Island’s sluggish performance. He has to figure this out on his own. Only when the power of Hanyu Island returns can the power of SSG also return.