Ryu Ji-hyuk (27) is starting over in a Samsung Lions uniform.바카라사이트
Samsung completed a one-for-one trade with the KIA Tigers on Friday. Samsung sent catcher Kim Tae-gun to KIA and received infielder Ryu Ji-hyuk.
KIA solved its catcher woes by acquiring Kim Tae-gun, who is rated as an “instant power” catcher.
Samsung got an “all-rounder” infielder. Ryu Ji-hyuk, who joined Doosan in the fourth round of the 2012 rookie draft, moved to KIA via trade in 2020.
Ryu’s best attribute is that he can play any position in the infield. At the same time, he brings a lot of energy to the team with his enthusiasm on and off the field. At the plate this season, he batted .266 with eight RBIs in 66 games.
“Since the spring training in Okinawa, I have been talking to Kia manager Kim Jong-kook about the trade from time to time,” said Samsung manager Park Jin-man, “and a week ago, we started to have a clear understanding about the trade.”
Park continued, “Ryu Ji-hyuk has a lot of experience. Our outfielders are either younger or older. He’s around the same age as Koo, so he’ll help us in the middle of the order.” “I think he’ll also be a big help in the batting order. He has a lot of advantages.”
Ryu Ji-hyuk was added to the Samsung first team roster on the 5th. This means that he can play depending on the game situation.
However, he was unable to train normally. KIA was playing a three-game series against SSG Landers at SSG Landers Field in Incheon. Upon hearing the news of the trade, Ryu Ji-hyuk immediately travelled to Pohang, where Samsung and Doosan were playing, a distance of about 350 kilometres.
Thanks to his diligence, Ryu arrived at the Pohang Baseball Stadium before the game started and completed the team photo shoot. He wore number 42.
Coach Park knew right away that he wanted to use Ryu Ji-hyuk. “I plan to use him as a substitute in the second half of the game,” Park explained.
“He’s going to play third base,” he said, “and he needs to settle in and move around. We have Kim Dong-jin and Kim Ji-chan at second base, so I want him to do a good job at third base.”