See long and nurture.안전놀이터 This is the story of LG Twins catcher Kim Bum-seok (19).
Kim Beom-seok, who graduated from Gyeongnam High School, wore an LG uniform with the 7th overall pick in the 1st round of the 2023 rookie draft. In his high school years, he was highly valued as a big-time catcher prospect. At the time of nomination, LG general manager Cha Myung-seok expressed his expectations, saying, “I was selected because it was Kim Beom-seok. How can I surpass Kim Beom-seok? I think the proper noun Kim Beom-seok can become a byword in Korean baseball.”
Kim Bum-seok, who welcomed the season opening in the Futures (second team) league, drew attention with his explosive blow. He recorded a batting average of 0.376 (41 hits in 109 at-bats) in 34 games with the second team. He had a decent OPS of 1.072, a combined on-base percentage (0.439) and slugging percentage (0.633). Kim Bum-seok, who was training with the 1st team, was named in the first team entry for his debut on the 3rd. He immediately entered the at-bat with a pinch hit from 2nd out, 1st and 2nd base at the end of the 6th inning, which was behind the NC Dinos by 3-7 in the home game. The result was a shortstop grounder. In the ninth inning, the second at-bat was also grounded out by the third baseman. He finished his debut with two at-bats, but manager Yeom paid attention to his strengths rather than his weaknesses.
Coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop, who met with reporters prior to the NC game in Jamsil on the 4th, said of Kim Beom-seok, “I saw it better in the game than I saw it in practice. The result was bad, but when I saw him cope or swing at the plate, he didn’t get a hit, but he had a good chance. I saw it,” he praised. “I think next year is almost the first season for Beom-seok. It is the goal of me and the coaching staff to develop players from now until the finish camp,” he said. C. Now is the time to experience everything,” he reiterated.
LG’s main housekeeper is Park Dong-won. He has a hot sense of hitting enough to challenge the ‘Jamsil Home Run King’, but his backup resource is weak in offense. Heo Do-hwan and Kim Ki-yeon both have a slight presence at bat. This is why the growth of Kim Beom-sung, equipped with a bat, is more important. Director Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “If Beom-seok performs well, the number of cards (used in the 1st team) increases. Beom-seok can enter the designated hitter or Dong-won can enter. The number of right-handed hitters increases by one.” I want to raise him. Even if Dongwon doesn’t go to bat, it doesn’t matter if Beomseok is present… I think he has that kind of talent.”
“Then, I think our batting line can become a little stronger next year. I think he is a hitter with the ability to do that,” he said. It was lacking, but I felt that I could rise to a certain level if I ordered it.”