LG Song Chan-eui (24) appeared like Cinderella last year.
Song Chan-eui, who was known through batting coach Lee Ho-joon in the early spring camp, flew around in demonstration games.
He appeared in 12 games, took in 41 plate appearances, and drove in 6 home runs. Of course, the home run king of the exhibition game was Song Chan-eui.
However, entering the regular season, it quickly showed its limits. In the end, he only recorded a batting average of 0.236 and 3 homers, going back and forth between the 1st and 2nd divisions.
In the new season, Song Chan-eui is determined not to repeat the same failure.
He also has a very good pace. As a member of Geelong Korea, he is achieving overwhelming results in the Australian league he is participating in.
Song Chan-eui has a slugging percentage of 0.629 and an on-base percentage of 0.398, which is a success. He is showing a whopping 1.027 OPS. He doesn’t overdo it even though he hits big, so it can be said that he is rising along with his on-base percentage.
He also hit 7 home runs in 26 games. Song Chan-eui’s performance is transmitted to the KBO League every day and thrills LG fans.
Because the stats are well-balanced and not skewed to one side, there is an evaluation that it is good to have expectations for this Australian league performance.
Then, how does director 안전놀이터 Yeom Gyeong-yeop, the head of LG, view Song Chan-eui? Does he have a plan to use it as a main player?
Director Yeom plans to use Song Chan-eui as his trademark ‘backup’. He is entrusted with first and second base, and when there is a vacancy, he draws a picture of putting it in immediately. The key point of ‘backup starters’ is to appoint them to fill their positions when they are resting, and to share the rest by using them as designated hitters when they feel good.
But before that, there are issues that need to be addressed. It is Song Chan-eui, who has not yet received a lot of attention on defense. If he is going to play many games as a starting backup, the defense must be backed up.
For example, let’s imagine that Song Chan-eui is appointed as a pinch hitter in the 7th inning and must block the remaining 8th and 9th innings. If you can’t play baseball that the defense shakes and protects for 2 innings, LG will get a big hit. It is possible to reverse for a while, but it is possible to play more stable baseball only when Suba is supported.
Manager Yeom said, “It is a waste not to use players with good pace like now. But once you are on defense, you will have more opportunities. If you can only use one pinch hitter, you must appoint another defender after the pinch hitter. It’s a huge waste of time for the team. When Song Chan-eui joins the spring camp, he plans to focus on first and second base training. If Chan-eui Song shows growth through that training, he will have more opportunities. Lee Jae-won and Song Chan-eui were not in the team, so I think it will be a really big plus for the team if their potential explodes.”
It can be said that it is difficult for Song Chan-eui to show his skills enough to become a starter right away. That’s why defense is important. When he can make up for what he lacks on offense on defense, he gets more playing opportunities.
Can Song Chan-eui keep the basics of baseball, “start from defense”? If that becomes possible, LG will be able to dream a little bigger.