A batting average of 0.379’, the next-generation SSG mastermind who erased anxiety, will he make his hope a reality?
Expectations are high for catcher Cho Hyeong-woo (21, SSG Landers), who has shown further growth in both offense and defense.
Cho Hyung-woo was named as catcher along with Lee Jae-won (35), Lee Heung-ryun (34), and Kim Min-sik (34) on the 2023 SSG spring camp roster announced on the 20th. Among the young catchers in their 20s, he was the only one to board the 1st team camp and confirmed his position as the next-generation master.
Last year, SSG had its best season by winning the 카지노사이트 Korean Series after winning the regular season wire-to-wire. The thick player base was cited as an advantage, but it was not without weaknesses.
His primary position was catcher. I felt sorry for the Lee Jae-won and Lee Heung-ryeon system and brought Kim Min-sik from KIA, but it was the same. In terms of batting, Kim Min-sik had a batting average of 0.221 and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.618 in 104 games, not much different from Lee Jae-won’s batting average of 0.201 and OPS 0.574 in 105 games. Even on defense, Kim Min-sik may be better than Lee Jae-won with 19.7% (16th in the league) with 32.8% (8th in the league) in stealing blocking rate, but in the Pass/9 indicator, which quantifies blocking ability, it is 0.666, lower than Lee Jae-won with 0.477.
It was Cho Hyung-woo’s existence that gave hope to the regrettable homeroom. Cho Hyung-woo graduated from Gwangju Jeil High School and was nominated with the 8th overall in the 2nd round of the 2021 rookie draft. He was evaluated as a catcher whose strengths were his strong arm and power tool, matching his breath with Lee Eui-ri (21).
Last year was a year of further growth on both offense and defense. It’s a small sample, but in 34 Futures League games, he recorded a batting average of 0.379 (36 hits in 95 at-bats), 3 homers and 19 RBIs, an on-base percentage of 0.430, a slugging percentage of 0.526, and an OPS of 0.956. Thanks to this, he made his debut on the first team stage and even earned a championship ring by raising his name as the third catcher in the Korean Series.