“I wonder if those things have not been accumulated to some extent on what to do in the at bat.”
When Ha Jae-hoon’s story came out, a bright smile spread across SSG Landers coach Kim Won-hyung’s face.
SSG coach Kim Won-hyung talked about Ha Jae-hoon ahead of the home game against the LG Twins in the 2023 professional baseball KBO League to be held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 22nd.
Ha Jae-hoon, who started as the 6th hitter and left fielder in the game against LG in Jamsil the previous day (21st), made a big success with 2 hits in 3 at-bats, 1 walk, 2 points and 2 steals, leading SSG to a 6-4 victory.
Regarding Ha Jae-hoon, coach Kim said, “First of all, the timing to watch the ball improved after visiting Geelong Korea last year. I went back and forth before that (Futures League), but I still played a lot of first team games. He also went to Geelong Korea on his own initiative, but he seems to have found his own,” he raised his thumbs up.
In fact, Ha Jae-hoon’s move this season was far from flat. He didn’t make his first appearance until May after taking a hiatus from Okinawa spring camp with a fractured shoulder bone. Then, on the 12th of last month, he was excluded from the first team entry due to a fracture of his left thumb.
Confident, he returned on the 21st and showed off a clear presence.
Director Kim Won-hyung said, “Ha Jae-hoon was fine until he got hurt in Okinawa, and he was good at camp. He returned from injury and was good even before he injured his finger,” he said.
Next, coach Kim specifically said, “(Ha Jae-hoon) pitched technically, and the timing, not the timing of ball-to-ball meeting, but the timing of seeing the ball from the plate got better. So he seems to be hitting well,” he said. “The way he copes with two strikes has also improved a lot. Until last year, the strikeout rate after two strikes was very high, but now I make a lot of contact. Since he has power, even after two strikes, so-called go-go hits (missing hits) are coming out. He analyzed that such a result came out because he adjusted the timing well.”
However, since Ha Jae-hoon suffered a serious injury this year, coach Kim Won-hyeong must have concerns about him.
Coach Kim said, “You have to slide on the base. Yesterday, Jaehoon’s stealing is the process of creating a chance for the team. When I play, I try not to pay attention,” he confessed, “instead, I am a little worried when I forcefully slide when defending.”스포츠토토
The timing of the return of Guillermo Heredia, who currently ranks first in batting average (0.339), who left for the United States on the 10th to obtain US citizenship, is yet to be determined. According to the original plan, he should have already returned to Korea to play, but he returned home at 5:00 p.m.
Director Kim Won-hyung said, “Today, I just told you to go home. Tomorrow (23rd), I will come out and train briefly and see my face,” he said. “I was out for about 10 days. You have to adapt to the jet lag and look at your physical condition. I will decide when to join while watching the training from tomorrow.”