“I’m not trying to hit. I’m not sure what happened.”
It’s a humble answer. This is the answer of Moon Seong-joo (26, LG Twins), who ranks first in batting average in exhibition games with a batting average of 0.545 (12 hits in 22 at-bats), 1 home run, 7 RBIs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 1.338.
Moon Sung-joo started as the second hitter left fielder in the Lotte Giants match of the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League Demonstration Game’ held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 18th.
Moon Seong-joo showed a good sense of hitting enough to record a batting average of 50% (9 hits in 18 at-bats) in exhibition games until this day. Except for the first day of his exhibition game (against Changwon NC Dinos on the 13th), he raised his batting average by recording multiple hits or more in every game.
Even on Lee Dong-il, Moon Seong-joo’s sense of hitting did not break. He energized the team’s offense by going 3-for-4 and scoring 1 point in a head-to-head match with Lotte. In particular, he drew attention by hitting against Charlie Barnes and Young-gun Choi Jun-yong, who are evaluated as opponent aces.
After the game, the reporters asked Moon Seong-joo the secret of his hard hitting, and the answer was unexpected. “I don’t really feel (that the feeling of hitting is good) during practice. I’m not trying to hit it. I’m not sure what happened.
Off-season Moon Seong-ju strengthened his simple and accurate hitting. He aimed to increase his slugging power, but after discussion with the coaching staff, he decided to focus on his contact ability. Right from the demonstration game, the results are being proven. Although the sample is small, it shows the best hitting feeling in the current league and raised expectations for the new season. Moon Seong-ju explained, “I try to hit with confidence (based on what I practiced at the camp).”메이저사이트
Moon Seong-joo feels really good at hitting right now, but it felt like it was an exhibition game to prepare for the season. “I think it would be nice if it was a season, but I can’t help it. (Kim) Min-seong Lee also said, ‘If it’s good, don’t worry about it,’ so I’m thinking that way,” he said with all his heart.
The 2023 season LG outfield is solid. Five players, including Kim Hyun-soo (35), Park Hae-min (33), and Hong Chang-ki (30), along with new foreign hitters Austin Dean (30) and Moon Seong-joo, compete for the third spot in the outfield. If you show good sense like now, you can aim for the starting position. However, Moon Seong-joo revealed that he would focus on what he had to do rather than his greed for the starting lineup.
“(The starting pitcher) is having a hard time looking forward to being greedy, and it seems that I will not be able to play my baseball.