LG’s Kim Hyun-soo, who is in the midst of his worst slump since his debut, will be given some time to recharge his batteries. It’s not a shock treatment like being dropped from the first team, but he’ll be out of the starting lineup and waiting on the bench.
Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop made the first call, and Kim accepted. The main players who have been playing without a break will take turns at designated hitter, and rookie Kim Bum-seok will also get a chance to start.
Kim Hyun-soo went hitless in four at-bats against the Jamsil NC on April 4 and had to watch his team lose 1-3. With runners on first and second in the ninth inning, he swung wildly at a forked ball from NC’s Kim Si-hoon and appeared to be unable to react at all. It was a swing that didn’t look like the ‘hitting machine’ Kim Hyun-soo. Kim went 0-for-13 in this game and in his last three games. He struck out four times with no walks.
He finished April with a .400 batting average and seemed to be on the verge of a sophomore slump, but the fall was swift. In May, he slumped and his batting average dropped to .254. He hit just .148 for the month of May, and in June, he had just one hit in four games. May is the only time in his career that he’s had a monthly batting average in the teens (20+ at-bats). He already had a 32-game hitting streak in May, and that has continued with a 15-game hitting streak in June.
After breaking his hitting streak with a five-hit, two-run multi-hit performance on May 17, Hyun-soo revealed that his back pain was causing his performance to decline, but he continued to play, and it became a vicious cycle as his feelings didn’t improve. Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop kept advising Kim to rest, but he was determined to play.
However, his last at-bat on the fourth day of the game resulted in a missed swing, which was hard to accept even for him. After the game, Yeom contacted Kim personally and asked him to rest for a while. Kim agreed.
Yoon said he would take Kim out of the starting lineup for three to four games. The designated hitter spot will be used to manage the physical fitness 안전놀이터 of the existing players. Oh Ji-hwan, Moon Bo-kyung, and Austin Dean will be the designated hitters. If Oh is out, Kim Min-sung will play shortstop.
The team will also give high school rookie Kim Bum-seok a chance to start. Kim Bum-seok came off the bench on the third day of the NC and went hitless in two at-bats. However, Yeom Kyung-yup gave Kim a passing grade for his performance before the game on the fourth, and although he went 0-for-2 with two ground balls, he felt that his approach to pitching was good.
“He had a better attitude in the game than in training, and although the result was bad, I saw potential in his ability to handle pitches and his swing. Next year will be his real professional debut season. It is the task of our coaching staff to develop him from now on to play in the first team. With Park Kyung-wan handling the defense and Lee Ho-joon handling the hitting, the goal is to create a player who can make the first team next year.”