Fit the bounds with your lower body.”
Byun Woo-hyuk (23), a new member of the KIA, is evaluated as weak in defense compared to his potential as a giant gun. Director Kim Jong-guk also said, “I plan to appoint Woo-hyuk after seeing his strengths.” However, there is no reason to develop a 23-year-old young beast who has completed military service as a ‘half-sized’ beast.
Byun Woo-hyuk’s main position is third base. Here he is also capable of first base. He put as much work into improving his defense as he did his batting during spring training in Tucson. I received a lot of punches from defensive coach Park Ki-nam. He is evaluated that his defense has improved internally.
Byun Woo-hyuk said at the Incheon International Airport Arrival Hall after finishing the Okinawa spring camp, “I have been pointed out that there is a weakness in defense. He practiced a lot.” He doesn’t improve his skills simply by receiving fungos. He said, “I am learning from coach Park Ki-nam how to look at the ball and how to move my legs according to the bound.”안전놀이터
Coach Park told Woo-Hyuk Byun and other infielders, “Before the ball arrives, hit the bound with your legs and lower body.” It means that you have to ride the rhythm with your legs so that you can naturally cope with the bounce. Byun Woo-hyuk said, “I received proofreading, and I think I absorbed it quickly.”
Byun Woo-hyuk is the new driving force in the KIA corner infield. With his addition, he has a healthy tension with third basemen Kim Do-young and Ryu Ji-hyeok, and first basemen Hwang Dae-in and Kim Seok-hwan at the same time. In fact, compared to the center infield, which has relatively good calculations with Park Chan-ho and Kim Sun-bin, the corner infield has become more complicated with the addition of Byeon Woo-hyuk.
KIA’s final goal is to build a hitter with long hitting power in both corners of the infield. It’s not easy, but it’s not impossible either. The team already has a role model. Beom-ho Lee is the hitting coach. Coach Lee was the best 3 baseman in the KBO League during his active career. He is in charge of the batting part now, but he will also have considerable third base defense know-how. Byun Woo-hyeok is a teacher to watch and learn from.
Byun Woo-hyeok went out more as a first baseman than a third baseman, from the Okinawa practice game to the demonstration game. It is because Kim Do-young is likely to be the starting third baseman. There was a little uneasiness at 1st base, which was as difficult as 3rd base, but it was generally stable. He even handled a foul hit by sticking to the dugout railing without sacrificing himself.
Now is the time for Byun Woo-hyuk to show his changed side to Gwangju fans. From the 18th to the 21st, KIA will have 4 home matches against Doosan and LG. Byun Woo-hyuk should present hope to Gwangju fans with his hot hitting and improved defense.