Kim Hye-seong, who takes on the ML challenge, “Don’t be conscious, you have to step up in every area.”

Kiwoom Heroes Kim Hye-seong.

Kim Hye-seong (25, Kiwoom Heroes) will challenge the Major League following her ‘best friend’ Lee Jeong-hoo (26, San Francisco Giants). Like Lee Jeong-hoo, he was able to make a detailed plan by receiving permission from the club a year before he was eligible to advance overseas.

However, Kim Hye-seong does not think she is excited. Her club's 'permission' was a planned step, but it was also because her role in the remaining year became more important.

Kim Hye-seong, who was contacted on the 16th when news of the club's acceptance of overseas expansion was heard, said, "I am grateful that the team willingly allowed it, but I don't think it has changed much," and added, "As always, I will do my best to prepare for the season and achieve good results. “I want to pay it forward,” he said.

He continued, “My goal every season was to do better than ‘I did last year,’ and I think I’ve done well so far,” adding, “The 2024 season is also the same. “It’s impossible not to be concerned about advancing overseas, but as always, the first thing is to show a better performance than last year,” he said.

Kiwoom Kim Hye-seong.

Kim Hye-seong, who joined Nexen (now Kiwoom) in 2017, showed growth every year over the course of seven seasons until last year. His batting average, which was 0.270 in his second season as a starter, increased to 0.335 last season, and his on-base percentage (0.328 → 0.396) and slugging percentage (0.367 → 0.446) also showed remarkable growth.

Kim Hye-seong's goal until he entered the professional stage was to secure a starting position and become one of the best players in the league, but his goal gradually grew. Her dream deepened as she represented her country several times in international competitions.

He said, “In particular, my thoughts about advancing overseas became firm after playing the Asian Games and the Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC) last year,” and “More than anything, I am confident that I can play my role anywhere as far as base running, which does not require much adaptation.” did.

However, he did not mention anything about the change in defensive position. Kim Hye-sung changed his original position to shortstop during a meeting with reporters after the end of last year's season and expressed his intention several times. It was a position he felt comfortable in, and it was also a stepping stone for him to be able to increase his value by playing a variety of positions.

But she can't help but consider the team situation as well. Kiwoom's fourth-year infielder Kim Hwi-jip showed potential at APBC last year, and Kim Hwi-jip's main position is shortstop.

Kiwoom Kim Hye-seong (right).

Kim Hye-seong also changed from her previous position. He said, “Defensive position ultimately has to be tailored to the team situation. “I will follow whatever the director decides,” he said.

Kiwoom's situation ahead of the new season is not very good. Lee Jung-hoo left for the major league, ace Ahn Woo-jin enlisted in the military, and veteran catcher Lee Ji-young and last year's closing pitcher Lim Chang-min also left the team as free agents.

But Kim Hye-seong’s thoughts were different. He said, “Even if a key member is missing, new players can easily fill the position,” adding, “There are many young players with great potential on our team. “I have been thankfully given many opportunities to compete since I was young, but in the end, experience cannot be ignored,” he emphasized.

Kim Hye-seong, who will wear the 'captain' armband in 2024, which may be her last season at Kiwoom, has set her sights on 'fall baseball'. It is not a simple goal, but a firm belief that it is possible.

Kim Hye-seong said, “I placed 10th last year, but there is no one lower than that,” and “If you go through the season comfortably, you can get good results. “I believe it is possible for our team to advance to the postseason, which we have been doing all along,” he said.


Pub: 18 Jan 2024 00:44 UTC
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