“Dong-won hyung is more capable than me.”
KIA catcher Han Seung-taek joined Hanwha in 2013 with the 23rd rank in the 3rd round and was a backup throughout the 10 years. He had no season with more than 100 games except for 2019, when he played 105 games. He has played 544 games in the first team all of a sudden, but he has never played as a full-time starter.
His defense is decent, but his career batting average of 0.213 and only 19 homers were a hindrance. There was no reversal in the 2022 season, in which he played 66 games. In 66 games, batting average 0.176, 1 home run, 12 RBIs, 11 runs, OPS 0.486. Based on the baseball statistics site Statties, he was 12th in catchers with a WAA of 0.352, 4th in PASS/9 with 0.362, and 5th in stealing rate with 34.6%.
For Han Seung-taek, the 2023 season is another opportunity. In the 2022 season, when Park Dong-won (LG) left the team after half a year, the main catcher became Mujugongsan. KIA tried to trade with Samsung, but failed, and prepares for the season with the Han Seung-taek-Ju Hyo-sang system. Han Seung-taek seized the opportunity to leap to the starting lineup once again.
As a result, KIA’s trade with Park Dong-won ended with the achievement of advancing to the postseason for the first time in four years. Even so, Han Seung-taek felt certain. On the 16th (hereafter Korean time), KIA Spring Camp magazine said at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, USA, “Dongwon hyung is more capable than me.”
He said, “When I worked out together, he was a player who worked harder and steadily than I thought. Although each person has a different idea of the ball composition, Dongwon asked a lot of questions from his older brother, and he learned a lot. He was very helpful. He and Dongwon hyung still talk on the phone once in a while, and we talk about good things to each other.”
Park Dong-won is a style with many minor injuries, but has the best defense in the league, the ability to stop stealing, and the long hitting power to hit 20 homers. For Han Seung-taek, in the end, it was an overwhelming inferiority at the bat. He said, “I was just lacking in hitting. Now, I have to show something so that I can hear that my bat has improved. You shouldn’t make excuses. I have to do well, and I have to show it to become my ability.”
From off-season individual training, he increased his hitting training. Han Seung-taek said, “While hitting a lot of bats, I also did a lot of weight training, balance, and speed exercises. I am also in the process of making mine out of hitting. I need to have my own training method so that I can recover quickly when a slump comes.”
It didn’t change the hitting mechanism. Han Seung-taek said, “Rather than revising during spring camp, it is time to prepare during off-season individual training and change and check it at camp. The swing should be small바카라and short. I am practicing to have a good swing.
In the end, he came to the conclusion that he had to appeal with a long hit. Han Seung-taek said, “Of course, it is important to go to many games. If you want to show off your hitting, you have to feel like you’re hitting it right. As a long-distance hitter, you must be able to hit a home run. I’ve hit nine, but I want to hit a double-digit home run. I think the opportunity will come.”
Will Han Seung-taek be reborn as a well-equipped catcher like Park Dong-won? The beginning is to acknowledge Park Dong-won. Han Seung-taek said, “It would be a lie if it was not difficult, but he is preparing well. It can be different from the game preparation routine. He has to prepare anew, including what he has been doing so far.”