The World Baseball Classic (WBC) Korean baseball team’s best lineup has been revealed.
The national team, led by head coach Lee Kang-cheol, is currently training in Tucson, Arizona, USA. Expectations were raised by winning all four practice matches against domestic clubs (KT Wiz, NC Dinos, KIA Tigers) from the 17th (Korean time). The field team with many veterans is showing good condition. He scored a total of 37 points. On the other hand, the pitching staff, who need to adapt to the official ball (Rollings), are improving their condition in line with the opening of the tournament.
Through the previous four evaluation matches, we were able to get a glimpse of the commander’s heart. In particular, the starting lineup is almost confirmed. Eui-ji Yang, the best catcher in active duty, is expected to guard the home, and Byeong-ho Park, the home run king in the 2022 season, is expected to take over as first baseman. As for the third baseman, Choi Jeong, who is second in career home runs (429), has secured his position. Lee Jung-hoo, the league’s number one icon, will be in center field, and national team veteran and ‘hitting machine’ Kim Hyeon-soo will be in charge of the left outfield.
In fact, the competing positions were designated hitter (DH) and right fielder. Kang Baek-ho is the most likely DH. After suffering two injuries in the 2022 season, he lost weight fiercely throughout the winter and sought a comeback. He showed the best hitting feeling, hitting two home runs in the national team practice game.
The right fielder was a contest between Na Seong-beom and Park Geon-woo. In the national team practice game, Na Seong-beom started 3 times and Park Kun-woo started 1 time. It is difficult to separate the superiority and inferiority of the two players in the career of the national team. Park Kun-woo has good contact and operational ability, and Na Seong-beom has superior long-distance hitting power.
There is not much time to breathe in real life. From Lee Kang-chul’s point of view, there is no choice but to give the starting player more chances at bat. There is a high possibility that Na Seong-beom will play right fielder.
The infield team left open the possibility of change. Major leaguers Kim Ha-seong and Tommy Edman are expected to play shortstop and second baseman, respectively. However, Oh Ji-hwan (shortstop) and Kim Hye-seong (second baseman), the representatives of the domestic team, showed a good sense of hitting. In particular, Kim Ha-seong only made two ‘3 hits’ games. It is unlikely to be pushed as a candidate for big leaguers, but there may be changes in the starting lineup depending on the opponent country and the type of starting pitcher.
Lee Jung-hoo’s batting order is also a concern. Coach Lee Kang-cheol placed him in the leadoff position in all four games. Lee Jung-hoo, who changed his batting stance during his team’s spring camp, was considerate so that he could handle even one more at-bat.
Lee Jung-hoo is the player who won the KBO league hitting king for two consecutive years (2021, 2022). He also posted an on-base percentage of over 40.2 for the second year in a row. It’s also not inferior to leadoff. In his team, he mainly came out as the number 3 hitter, but in the national team, great players such as Choi Jeong, Kang Baek-ho, and Park Byung-ho are lined up. 카지노
Kim Ha-seong and Edman digest their team’s camp schedule and participate in the national team’s training at the Gocheok Sky Dome on the 2nd of next month. As they are the starting players in the big leagues, their batting order is also a very important decision. In particular, Edmund is a player with quick feet enough to record more than 30 stolen bases for two consecutive years.
Lead-off, the starting point of the national team’s offense. It has symbolism. It is also an important position to improve scoring. Attention is focusing on whether we will be able to see Lee Jung-hoo in ‘Lead Off’.