9 billion won is not a waste. The Hanwha Eagles are smiling at the Chae Eun-seong effect.
Chae Eun-seong started as the 4th hitter right fielder in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ kt Wiz game held at Suwon kt Wiz Park on the 14th.
Chae Eun-seong signed a 6-year free agent contract with Hanwha ahead of this season for a total of 9 billion won. He has been showing a hot hitting feeling since the beginning of the season. 10 games before this day, batting average 0.366 (15 hits in 41 bats), 3 homers, 11 RBIs, OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) 1.106.
Manager Carlos Subero said of Chae Eun-seong, 메이저사이트“He is a professional hitter,” and “I can calm down in a tense situation. Also, there are many things that young players can learn by watching their actions in the at-bat and off-the-ground.”
Chae Eun-seong continued his fierce hitting feeling from the first at-bat. At the beginning of the first inning, he attacked opponent starter Wes Benjamin’s curve from 2nd and 3rd base and hit a timely hit with 1 RBI to score a 1-0 first run.
Chae Eun-seong, who turned with a floating ball in right field at 1 out 2 base in the 3rd inning, immediately resumed the hit streak in the third at-bat. In the top of the 5th inning, when the team was trailing 1-3, he hit relief pitcher Kim Young-hyeon’s slider with the bases loaded, and hit a timely hit with 1 RBI, scoring a run in the 2-3 chase.
It didn’t stop, and in the top of the 6th inning, where it was behind 3-4, it hit 2 RBIs against reliever Kim Min in the top of the 6th inning, making it a 5-4 turnaround. At the beginning of the 8th inning, in the second base, he stepped on the first base with the opponent bench’s intentional choice of 4 pitches. It could be seen as a part of being conscious of Chae Eun-seong, where the kt bench was hot.
In the top of the 10th inning, the last at-bat, with one out and one on first base, the left fielder hit a floating ball and withdrew. The final score was 5 at-bats, 3 hits and 4 RBIs. The team drew 7-7 after a close match, but Chae Eun-sung’s presence was outstanding.
Chae Eun-seong is holding the center in the 4th batting order even after transferring. According to the baseball statistics site, Statties, Hanwha ranked first in batting average (0.413), RBIs (15 RBIs), and OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage, 1.165) in the fourth batting order this season, clearly seeing the effect of Chae Eun-seong.
Chae Eun-seong added 4 more RBIs that day, surpassing Kim Hyun-soo and Seo Geon-chang (hereinafter referred to as the LG Twins) to rise to the top of the league in RBIs. Attention is focusing on what kind of vitality Chae Eun-seong will bring to Hanwha’s attack this year, which launched a full-fledged signal of RBI eating.