“If you feel good… ·.”
In the first half of this season, Hanwha ran 8 consecutive wins in 18 years, raising its dream of leaping into the mid-table in the second half. It wasn’t just a wild dream when the mound that found a sense of stability took center stage, and the firepower of the batting line, whose role and batting order became clearer than at the beginning of the season, was added. Although there are ups and downs in the middle, the weight of the top lineup leading to Lee Jin-young, Kim In-hwan, Noh Si-hwan, and Chae Eun-seong is putting enough pressure on the opponent’s mound. What is regrettable is the batting line of Hanwha after Chae Eun-seong.
One of the worries of Hanwha coach Choi Won-ho in the first half was who to put behind the central hitter Chae Eun-seong. Referring to infielder Jeong Eun-won (23) among the candidates, coach Choi said, “The ability to pick out the ball and make contact is good in the team, so I think it’s best for Jung Eun-won to stick behind Chae Eun-seong if he’s in good condition.”
Although it is an assumption, if Jung Eun-won is in good condition this season as coach Choi wishes, he will have the ability to play an active part in the top batting order behind Chae Eun-seong. Jeong Eun-won, who wore a Hanwha uniform with the 24th overall in the 2nd 3rd round of the 2018 KBO League Rookie Draft, made use of her strengths such as a good batting, pioneering plan, and focus, and stood out as a pro relatively early. In particular, in the 2021 season, he played a big role as Hanwha’s leadoff with a batting average of 0.283 and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.791, and was selected as the second baseman Golden Glove winner in his fourth year as a pro. He faltered a bit compared to the 2021 season, when he wrote’career high’ in various batting indicators such as batting average and OPS, but last year also continued his energy with a batting average of 0.274 and an OPS of 0.745.
However, Jeong Eun-won is recording the lowest performance since her debut this season. In the 23 games he played in the opening month, he recorded a low batting average of 0.207, and even in May, he did not regain the sense of hitting and went out in 23 games, raising his batting average to 0.227. With his excellent ability to pick out the ball, he showed a high on-base percentage compared to his batting average, but he left a regret by not being able to conclude the moment he had to solve with a bat. Jeong Eun-won, who did not feel good at hitting, had no choice but to be placed in the bottom batting order. As the sluggishness of foreign hitters overlapped, the positions they filled were filled by high school graduates, such as Moon Hyun-bin.먹튀검증
It is fortunate for Hanwha that Jeong Eun-won is gradually recovering from the blow. His batting average in June rose to 0.241, and he is batting 0.267 in 9 games in July. In particular, he is in good shape by hitting 3 hits (1 home run) in 6 at-bats in the first 2 games of the second half against NC.
Will Jung Eun-won be able to show a different side of himself in the remaining games of the second half? In order for Hanwha to soar to a higher place this season, he needs a rebound.