Heredia, aiming for the batting king… Son Ah-seop, Hong Chang-ki, and Koo Ja-wook in hot pursuit
SSG Landers’ foreign hitter Guillermo Heredia is working toward becoming the batting champion at the end of the season.
Heredia recorded 3 hits and 3 RBIs in 5 at-bats in the away game against the Hanwha Eagles in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank Sol KBO League’ held at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon on the 6th.
On this day, SSG lost 5-6 in the bottom of the 11th overtime, but Heredia still boasted a hot bat.
Heredia is hitting a whopping .500 (15 hits in 30 at-bats) in 7 games since returning from his left thigh injury on the 30th of last month. He had four three-hit games in seven games.
Heredia, who raised his season batting average to 0.346, is ranked first in his batting average and looks to be the batting champion in his KBO League debut season. Heredia’s strength is a simple swing, and he has excellent hitting skills to attack both fast balls and breaking balls.스포츠토토
Looking at his current batting pace, Heredia has the highest chance of becoming the batting champion.
The only cases in which a foreign hitter won the batting title in the KBO League history were Cliff Brumbaugh of the Hyundai Unicorns in 2004 and Eric Thames of the NC Dinos in 2015.
NC Son Ah-seop also picks up the pace and challenges to win the batting title for the first time in his life.
Son Ah-seop recorded a high batting average of 0.373 in August, and his batting average in September was also high at 0.353. Son Ah-seop’s season batting average was 0.337, ranking second.
Son Ah-seop fell to second place due to Heredia’s recent rise in batting, but he is good at driving, so he has a good chance of becoming the batting champion.
Additionally, Son Ah-seop, who recorded a total of 2,375 hits, is looking to become the second player in KBO League history to reach 2,400 hits, following Park Yong-taek (2,504 hits).
Hong Chang-ki (LG Twins, batting average 0.333) and Koo Ja-wook (Samsung Lions, batting average 0.332) are also consistently ranked in the top ranks in the batting average category and are aiming to win their first batting title since their debut.
Hong Chang-ki has good batting skills, recording 11 hits in 22 at-bats in the last five games. Hong Chang-ki’s outstanding forward thinking is also his strength. He leads the league in walks (71 walks) and leads the league in on-base percentage (0.448).
Koo Ja-wook’s pace has dropped a bit recently. By August, he had a high batting average of 0.340, but in September, he performed poorly with 3 hits in 17 at-bats, leaving something to be desired.
However, in the game against the Lotte Giants on the 6th, Koo Ja-wook improved his batting ability by going 2 hits and 3 RBIs in 3 at-bats, including the 2nd RBI double in the final. Koo Ja-wook is once again aiming for an upward curve in his batting.