Hit, hit, hit, hit. Lotte’s “second Lee Jung-hoo,” Kim Min-seok (19), is spreading his wings once again.
Kim Min-seok’s bat has been on fire in July. Kim is batting .378 (14-for-37) with four RBIs in July. His season batting average, which was once in the double digits, is up to .274.
In particular, he went 4-for-5 with a home run and a stolen base against Sajik Kiwoom on July 22, including producing hits in four straight at-bats.
However, Kim was not satisfied. “Personally, it was the first time I had a hit in four consecutive at-bats, but I didn’t feel that good because the team lost. I was very disappointed that my fifth at-bat, which was really important, didn’t go well,” said Kim. Kim came up in the bottom of the ninth inning with runners on first and second, but was stranded on a fly out to left field. Yoon Dong-hee also flied out to center field, leaving Lotte with a 3-5 loss.
Although Lotte started the first three games of the second half of the season with a 1-2 record, the fact that Kim Min-seok drove in six runs over the three-game series is certainly a positive. The hot summer months can be the most difficult time for a 19-year-old rookie hitter. Even during the All-Star break, he had to juggle a hectic schedule to play in the All-Star Game, but Kim hasn’t let that stop him from continuing to hit well.
“I practiced my dance every day,” he says, “just to make sure I could do it properly.” “Personally, I thought, ‘What would it be like to play baseball like this?’ I think I worked really hard,” he says. I think I worked really hard,” he said, adding that his Jenny dance performance was a “product of hard work.
While imitating Jenny’s dance, Kim Min Suk didn’t let go of his baseball thoughts, saying, “What if I had played baseball like this? As it turns out, the ‘resignation idol’ is not only good at dancing. 스포츠토토
Lotte finished the first half of the season with a -1 win-loss margin. They are still in a precarious fifth place. However, Kim Min Suk said, “I don’t think about the first half because it’s already over. In the second half, I’m starting from scratch again, and I’m playing with my brothers with that mindset,” he said.
Lotte is hoping that if Kim Min-seok’s batting stays on fire and Ahn Kwon-soo, who recently resumed training at the Sajik Ballpark, is added to the mix, the batting lineup will be able to break through. “Ahn Kwon-soo is a senior who has been fighting a lot, and I hope he comes back soon,” Kim said.