A rookie catcher who joined in the first round and is considered a promising player is entering the stage of his dreams. Director Yeom Kyung-yeop announced that he would add Kim Beom-seok to the Korean Series (KS) entry.
The LG Twins began training camp to prepare for the Korean Series at LG Champions Park in Icheon on the 19th.
LG, which finished its final game of the season against Doosan on the 15th, gathered again after a three-day break.
Because it rained in the metropolitan area that day, the first day of training was held indoors.
Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop plans to conduct training with a squad of 33 to 34 players.
About 4 people were missing here. This is because Lee Jae-won, Son Ho-young, Kim Beom-seok, and Son Ju-young are playing in the educational league.
Coach Yeom Kyeong-yeop explained, “We are playing in the training league due to a lack of game trips. We are planning to join the day after tomorrow. If 33 to 34 players enter camp training, 3 to 4 players will be left out when deciding on entries.”
There are also certain positions for which entry has been decided. It’s the catcher. It was expected that two catchers, Park Dong-won and Heo Do-hwan, would be taken, but surprisingly there were three.
Manager Yeom Kyeong-yeop said, “We are taking three players. Kim Beom-seok is also coming in. Kim Beom-seok will not be available as a catcher. He should not be there.”
Kim Beom-seok is a promising slugger who was selected by LG in the first round of the 2023 rookie draft. At the time of the draft, general manager Cha Myeong-seok nominated Kim Beom-seok and said, “I think the proper noun named Kim Beom-seok will become synonymous with Korean baseball.” Director Cha Myeong-seok’s evaluation continues to be talked about메이저놀이터.
However, after joining the team, Kim Beom-seok could not be seen in the first team right away. There was an injury. He spent time rehabilitating his shoulder, which he injured during his senior year at Gyeongnam High School.
So he failed to train as a catcher and only focused on hitting. He showed off his slugging ability by playing as a designated hitter in the Futures League.
His second-team performance was a batting average of 0.286, 56 hits, 6 home runs, and 31 RBI in 58 games, with an OPS of 0.789.
Kim Beom-seok, who had been steadily gaining practical experience in the second team, was called up last June and made his professional debut. He appeared in two games in June, going 0-for-4 with one walk, one strikeout, and one RBI.
And at the end of September, he was registered in the first team again. It was his second call-up this season. Manager Yeom Kyung-yeop wanted to check the right-handed pinch hitter’s resources.
This time, he gained experience by playing first base. He appeared in 10 games and had a batting average of 0.111 (3-for-27) with 1 home run and 1 RBI. Kim Beom-seok hit his first home run in his debut against Lotte on the 9th, making manager Yeom Kyung-yeop laugh.
With a strong impression, Kim Beom-seok secured a spot in the entry list. In fact, Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop planned to fill 27 players with ‘starting-level’ players, but use the remaining three positions as slots for young players to gain experience. The plan is to seize the present and the future at the same time.
Kim Beom-seok took this spot first. He doesn’t play catcher because his arm isn’t perfect yet. However, he evaluated that the first baseman’s defense was not bad. If he plays defense, he is expected to play first base.