Among the foreign hitters from the 10 KBO league teams, Guillermo Heredia (SSG Landers), Austin Dean (registered name Austin/LG Twins), Jose Rojas (Doosan Bears), and Brian O’Gredi (Hanwha Eagles) were the first to hit the Korean stage this season. , and Jason Martin (NC Dinos).
Foreign hitters experiencing Korea for the first time do a lot of training to understand the characteristics of the KBO league from spring camp. The general opinion is that the KBO League has a high ratio of manned balls, so it is not easy to adapt without careful study of the battery’s ball formulation and pattern. Of course, the shorter the adaptation period, the higher the probability of getting good grades.
Among the five new foreign batters, Heredia and Austin have been reborn as indispensable beings in SSG and LG’s other lines. There is also a common point that they are tied for first place in this category with four final strokes.
Through April, Heredia appeared in 24 games and had a batting average of .351 (33 hits in 94 at-bats), two homers, 19 RBIs, and an on-base percentage of .402. He struck out 11, but also walked 8, boasting an excellent pitching eye. Austin also recorded a batting average of 0.351 (34 hits in 97 at-bats), 2 homers, 20 RBIs, and an on-base percentage of 0.404 in 26 games. For LG, which has not seen any foreign hitter effect over the past two years, Austin’s performance is only welcome.스포츠토토
On the other hand, Rojas, O’Grady and Martin are struggling on the bench. Lohas, who had raised expectations with a strong hit (batting average of 0.400) in the demonstration game, has a batting average of 0.176 (13 hits in 74 at-bats), 4 home runs and 11 RBIs in 23 regular season games. At least, he left a strong impression with two final blows, so expectations are maintained.
O’Grady and Martin’s situation is dire. O’Gredi was notified of his second-team move on April 23, with a batting average of 0.127 (8 hits in 63 at-bats), 8 RBIs, an on-base percentage of 0.176, 31 strikeouts, and 4 walks in 17 games. The batting average is only 0.190 in 6 games in the Futures (2nd team) league. Martin also has a batting average of 0.222 (2 hits in 9 at-bats), 1 home run, and 2 RBIs in 4 regular season games, and is on hiatus due to injury. The current situation is all the more disappointing since he showed off his long hitting power as a 30-home run hitter in the minor leagues in one season.