League’s number one shortstop rating… A more sophisticated and stronger bat


Park Seong-han of SSG. Provided by SSG

Shortstop Park Seong-han (24, SSG) is evolving. Park Seong-han is dominating the ground with his natural hitting sense and tight defense in the 2022 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League.

Park Seong-han played 40 games until the 19th, maintaining a batting average of 0.301 (43 hits in 143 at-bats), 2 home runs, 18 RBIs, and 20 runs. OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) is 0.786. Although it’s still early in the season, he has the best hitting record among the league’s shortstops who have filled the batting rule this year.

An official from the SSG data center pointed out, “Now it seems that I have become a hitter who doesn’t want to be a matchmaker.” Park Seong-hwan is right-handed and left-handed. Park Seong-han had a hard time attacking left-handed pitchers until last year. Last year, his batting average against left-handed pitchers was only 0.196. But this year, he is wielding a batting average of 0.320 against left-handed pitchers.

There is another point that stands out. Concentration at the plate. Park Seong-han is maintaining a high batting average of 0.351 in the scoring zone this year. With a runner, he has a batting average of 0.383. In the absence of a runner, he’s a whopping 1.4 percent higher than his batting average of 0.241. The match against Jamsil Doosan on the 19th was a game where Park Seong-han’s concentration was fully demonstrated. He swept three runs in two scoring opportunities, leading the team to victory.

The secret to battling in the scoring zone is a ‘positive mind’ to enjoy the chance. Park Seong-han said, “If I take advantage of the chance, I will be more engraved. enjoy it I am not very conscious of the batting order,” he said. Efforts are supported here. Park Seong-han worked hard after last season’s personal training and strength training at spring camp. He especially developed his strength while maintaining his agility, such as not skipping weight training. Park Sung-han, who erased his sophistication and weakness, became a fearful presence for pitchers. SSG coach Kim Won-hyung has also recently hired Park Seong-han for the 3rd and 5th batting order, showing strong trust.

Park Seong-han is evaluated as a step up in defense as well. He pitched 354.2 innings, the most of any shortstop in the league, but made just seven errors. He also raised 121, the most among any league shortstop. SSG, whose infield is stable thanks to Park Sung-han’s growth, boasts the fewest errors in the league.

Park Sung-han’s rapid growth is also a boon for the national baseball team, which has been nurturing and changing generations. The baseball team is preparing for major international tournaments such as the World Baseball Classic (WBC) and the Hangzhou Asian Games in March next year. Park Seong-han was evaluated as a starting shortstop at the Hangzhou Asian Games, which was delayed by a year.

Last year, Park Sung-han was included in the Golden Glove nominations, but failed to win the award. But this year, last year’s Golden Glove winner Kim Hye-seong switched to second base. the door of opportunity has been opened. Park Seong-han said, “I am currently 50 points,” and “It is also the beginning of the season and I have to play a lot of games, so it is a bit difficult to give points generously. If I do better, I think I will go up.” He lowered his posture. Park Seong-han, who is showing off his rapid growth in air, water and state this year, is growing into a ‘complete shortstop’.

Reporter Jeong Se-young [email protected]

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