‘Cha Myeong-seok’s 1st pick’ 19-year-old rookie catcher, “I want to hit seniors An Woo-jin and Kim Gwang-hyun… My role model is senior Yang Eui-ji”

LG’s 1st round rookie Beom-seok Kim, highly praised by LG general manager Myung-seok Cha, is sweating at LG Champions Park in Icheon.

Kim Bum-seok, wearing an LG uniform as LG’s first pick in the 2023 rookie draft, lost about 10kg last winter and is working hard on his shoulder rehabilitation, which he injured in his senior year of high school.슬롯사이트

Kim Beom-seok, whom I met in Icheon, said, “I have a flexible body, but it can put strain on my knees and ankles in defense, so I said it would be good to lose weight, so I lost it.” I hit the batting ball and I’m doing it almost normally,” he said.

The most important thing is to complete the shoulder rehabilitation in the spring camp to clear up future injury concerns. Naturally, the timing of his first team debut will also be delayed. This season, the priority is to build professional experience step by step.

Kim Bum-seok said, “I think it is better to fully recover my shoulder than to go to the 1st team camp. I am working hard thinking that this time will be memorable and will be the best time in my career as a player in the future.”

Kim Beom-seok participated in 25 games in his senior year of high school and recorded a batting average of 3.37 (28 hits in 83 at-bats), 10 homers, 31 RBIs, a slugging percentage of .759, and an OPS of 1.227. He won the 6th Lee Man-soo Home Run Award by setting the record for the most home runs in a season in high school baseball.

When asked about his goal for this season, Kim Bum-seok said, “I will go up to the 2nd team (after getting healthy) and show my ability while playing in the Futures League. My goal is to go up to the first team once within this year and play in a first team game. It is my dream to accumulate experience (in the 2nd team) and go up to the 1st team and play, even for a short time.”

When asked what kind of confrontation he expects on the 1st team stage, Kim Beom-seok said, “I want to hit senior An Woo-jin, who throws the fastest ball in Korea, and I want to hit senior Kim Gwang-hyun, as well as a foreign pitcher from the United States, the team’s first starter or ace seniors

. I want to hit the ball and test my skills. I think there will be a lot of enlightenment. Even if you hit badly, you will come to realize it, and if you hit it well, you will feel good and you will come to realize it. I think I need to see a lot of balls from first-team pitchers to get used to them, so I want to hit a lot of balls from top-class pitchers.

Kim Beom-seok said that it is a style to study while watching a lot of batting and defense videos of professional seniors. He said, “I don’t specify anyone, but if you look at the catcher, I’m copying senior Yang Eui-ji, and I saw a lot of swings by senior Kang Baek-ho in middle school. Look at the swings of home run hitters. Also look at Lee Dae-ho. The defense (catcher) also looks at all seniors equally.”

Regarding his own batting style, “Since I was young, I’ve always been told by coaches that my form is a little weird. Because I play in a comfortable form. I think my style is to hit according to the situation rather than strong and soft. Overall, I think it’s close to a smooth swing.”

In the future, while playing for a long time as a professional player, he mentioned grandiose goals such as home run king, batting king, RBI king, Golden Glove, and Korean Series MVP. The most successful player in the KBO league as a catcher can be said to be Yang Eui-ji (Doosan). Kim Bum-seok said, “It is a dream to become like that. You received more during the second FA,” he said with a laugh

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