Doosan Bears head coach Lee Seung-yeop has been excited about the development of his younger players since he took the helm, especially infielder Ahn Jae-seok and outfielder Kim Dae-hyun, who were both highly touted as “first-round picks” and wanted to expand their roles within the team.
Both players had received a lot of attention leading up to spring training and the exhibition games, but neither had much to show for their opportunities. Ahn hit .180 with nine doubles, one home run, four RBIs and a .502 OPS in 20 games and 50 at-bats with the first team this season, while Kim struggled with a .213 batting average with 16 doubles, one home run and seven RBIs in 25 games and 75 at-bats after starting the season late with a fractured right metacarpal.
But for a team that needs to compete for a spot in the standings, it’s hard to keep giving them chances, and Ahn and Kim have been stuck on the second team for an extended period of time after being removed from the roster on June 7 and June 2, respectively. With both players recently playing in the Futures League, the question is, when will they get a chance with the first team? 토토사이트
“They need to show more,” Doosan head coach Lee Seung-yeop said when asked about their call-up criteria ahead of the team’s 10th game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against the Samsung Lions at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on Monday, “and they need to be stronger to play in the first team, and they need to be strong men.” That means there are no plans to call them up for the time being.
It’s been a while since Ahn Jae-seok and Kim Dae-dae were sent down to the second team, but Lee Seung-yeop has been receiving reports from the second team about their physical condition. “I spoke with Lee Jung-hoon, the head coach of the Future Team, on the 8th, and I’m still asking about their well-being. I’m also checking their physical condition,” Lee said.
Both players are necessary resources for the team, and the best-case scenario is for them to step into the starting lineup in the medium to long term. However, the coach believes that if they don’t show changes, they won’t get a chance in the first team. “They’re not young players anymore, they’re professionals,” Lee said, adding, “I hope they come in a professional manner. We’ll keep an eye on them.”