[스포티비뉴스=고척, 최민우 기자] “Isn’t that a good result?”
After graduating from Gwangju Dongseong High School, Kim Min-hyuk (26) joined the Doosan Bears with the 16th overall pick in the second round of the 2015 KBO Rookie Draft. Since high school, he has been attracting attention as a big gun with slugging power, and Doosan has high expectations to the point that he has been marked as the ‘future 4th hitter’ early on.
However, Kim Min-hyuk’s baseball life was not easy. He had no place to squeeze into Doosan’s already strong infielders. His skills did not develop as expected. In particular, his defensive ability was an anklet, and the defensive burden had a negative impact on the attack as well. Even his strong hitting ability was not fully demonstrated.
After the 2020 season ended, Oh Jae-il, who was the starting first baseman, got a free agent (FA) qualification and left for the Samsung Lions and seemed to seize the opportunity. Coach Kim Tae-hyeong also included Min-hyeok Kim in the first-team spring camp list, and confirmed his skills at close range.
The result was a failure. Defense was the problem. At that time, coach Kim Tae-hyung saw Min-hyeok Kim during the trial match before the spring camp evaluation and said, “I was hired as first baseman, but I didn’t get good results. He seems to feel the pressure not only in hitting but also in defense,” he said, shaking his head. And as Yang Seok-hwan joined Doosan through a trade with LG Twins, Kim Min-hyuk was no longer given a chance. Min-hyuk Kim finished the year with only eight at-bats in six games during the 2021 season.
However, the light of Kim Min-hyuk’s baseball life, who endured hard times in the second team, is gradually shining. In a situation where Doosan was practically frustrated in advancing to the postseason, Kim Min-hyuk had more chances to stand at the plate as he decided to gain more experience with the ‘future 4th hitter’.
good grades too He has a .345 batting average in 29 at-bats in his last 10 games, with 10 hits, 3 homers and 8 RBIs. Now the commander looks at Kim Min-hyuk and nods his head. Manager Kim Tae-hyung said, “I haven’t been able to play often because I haven’t had a position. It’s hard for him to get in once in a while and get a hit. He didn’t even have the sophisticated hitting ability to be used as a substitute. Once he has no players on the team to hit long, he’s been given a starting opportunity. He’s also doing great, so he’s going to keep his name on the lineup.”
The season is not far away. Kim Min-hyuk continues to produce good results. Maybe the day will come early when the word ‘future’ will be removed from the modifier ‘future 4 hitter’ that was attached to Kim Min-hyuk.