Following last year’s demonstration game, he once again wielded a burning bat and announced his name. As Hong Chang-ki did three years ago, he has been active as the best hitter in the team and is about to join the 1st team spring camp. This is the story of LG Song Chan-eui (24), who played the most games on the team and played an active role with a batting average of 0.324 and an OPS of 0.979.
It was the busiest off-season. Song Chan-eui, who played a full season in the Australian League as a member of Geelong Korea, returned home on the afternoon of the 23rd. He hit a home run from the beginning of the Australian league and predicted an active performance, and finished the season as the best hitter in Geelong Korea. In addition to his main positions of second baseman and first baseman, he also played left and right fielders. In order for a prospect to have a chance on the first team stage, it is advantageous for him to play at least one more position. If you can step into the plate at least once and continue to play an active role, the place of others becomes your place.Hong Chang-gi of the same team did that. Hong Chang-ki also wore the Geelong Korea uniform for the 2019-2020 season and played an active role with a batting average of 0.333 OPS 0.961. Afterwards, the opening of the season was delayed due to Corona 19, but Hong Chang-ki’s position gradually rose throughout the season. When Lee Hyeong-jong, one of the main outfielders, left before the opening due to an injury, he was included in a training group with Kim Hyun-soo, Chae Eun-seong, and Lee Chun-woong. During the period when Lee Chun-woong left due to an injury, he was placed in the first batting order, and the first batting order became his own. Hong Chang-ki is active with an on-base rate of 0.411 in 2020, an on-base rate of 0.456 in 2021, and an on-base rate of 0.390 in 2022.
types are different. Hong Chang-ki, a left-handed hitter, solves the game with single hits rather than long hits in an accurate lead. On the other hand, Song Chan-eui, a right-handed hitter, has power. Last year, during the exhibition game, he hit the most home runs with 6 home runs, and this time in Geelong Korea, he recorded 7 home runs and 7 doubles. In the 2022 season, he could not play more games in the first team than expected due to injuries and defensive anxiety, but he is still a special prospect that LG pays attention to.
Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop also predicted Song Chan-ui’s performance in Australia and included him in the main competition from the camp. Director Yeom said of Song Chan-eui, “He is a hitter with good power and a good swing. 스포츠토토 He has a good swing texture. He will definitely give Chanui a chance.” As both 1st and 2nd base are possible, it is a song that can compete with Lee Jae-won at 1st base and Seo Geon-chang at 2nd base. It is not certain whether he will be included in the lineup from the opening game, but he can be named in the lineup in a game where the opponent puts out a left-handed starter. LG has a high percentage of left-handed hitters. For Song Chan-eui, this part is also expected to act as an opportunity.
Of course, nothing is guaranteed. Recently, a virtuous cycle is steadily taking place to the extent that it is not an exaggeration to say that LG has promising players every year. Internal competition is also fierce. In addition to Lee Jae-won and Song Chan-eui, a new foreign player, Austin Dean, can also stand in the first base spot where Chae Eun-seong left. Basically, Dean’s position is expected to be right field, but we plan to check Dean’s first base defense at camp as well.
Attention is focusing on whether Song Chan-eui can reproduce the appearance of Hong Chang-gi, who had a particularly busy season three years ago, leaping to the starting lineup. At that time, Hong Chang-ki also passed through the needle hole due to outfield fire, taking advantage of only one opportunity.