The 2023 season started off strong by entering the spring camp of 10 professional baseball teams. As the Corona 19 crisis was resolved after three years, spring camps were held in the United States, Australia, Japan, and Guam. Everyone’s eyes are on the 42nd cup, but only one team is laughing. This year, the difference in power has decreased. The 10 clubs’ spring camp themes are also different.
Among the five medicines last year, Hanwha and Lotte strengthened their strength through strong reinforcement work. Hanwha, who was humiliated at the bottom for two consecutive years, recruited Chae Eun-seong, a native fourth hitter in the FA market. Lee Tae-yang, who is capable of selection and bullpen, also transfused. Oh Seon-jin was also brought in to fill the gap in Ha Seok-joo’s drinking discipline. Even pitchers Han Seung-hyeok and Jang Ji-soo were transfused through trades, boosting the power of pitching to the fullest.
Lotte led the FA market. He hired Yoo Kang-nam for 8 billion won and set up a good living room. Noh Jin-hyeok, an all-weather infielder and batting player, also signed a contract to reinforce the infield defense and offense. Ahead of the camp, FA pitcher Han Hyun-hee was also recruited. They recruited players such as Cha Woo-chan, Kim Sang-soo, Yoon Myeong-jun, and Lee Jung-hoon to fill the power vacuum created by Lee Dae-ho’s retirement.
Hanwha and Lotte dedicated their victory to the top 5 after years of sluggishness. Last year, in the 5th round, Hanwha was -28 wins and Lotte was -18 wins. The two teams presented 46 wins in the quarterfinals. Only when the deficit is reduced this year can the electricity market be shaken. In the spring camp, he had homework to create with his winning power. It is a time for a kind of declaration of war.
Champ SSG Landers changed all three foreigners. 184 innings, 13 wins, 2.69 ERA, Wilmer Font, who led the championship with honors, did not renew the contract. The strength of new foreign pitchers such as Annie Romero and Kirk McCarty determines the season. The fact that middle pitcher Kim Taek-hyung enlisted (as a manager) is also an unfortunate gap in the bullpen. Reinforcing the starting staff and bullpen is the hot topic of the camp.
The LG Twins, who placed second in the regular league, lost their main catcher Yoo Kang-nam (Lotte) and fourth hitter Chae Eun-seong (Hanwha). Park Dong-won, who left KIA, was recruited to fill the catcher void, but power loss occurred. Park Dong-won’s housekeeping became important. In order to fill the vacancy of number 4, young giants need to play an active role. The leadership of director Yeom Gyeong-yeop, who returned to the field, is also a point to watch at the camp.
KT, who fell to 4th place in the Defending Champ, was missing their main shortstop Shim Woo-jun. Kim Sang-soo, who had obtained his second FA qualification from Samsung, was quickly recruited to fill the void. As his pitching power is intact, he is evaluated as being in the top ranks this year as well. The point is the revival of Kang Baek-ho, who was sluggish last year. Kiwoom, the runner-up in the Korean Series, recruited bullpen agent Won Jong-hyeon and outfielder Lee Hyung-jong from the free agent market to reinforce their pitching power. Leading hitter Lee Jung-hoo will advance to the major leagues next year. It looks like he will go all-in for his first win.
KIA seems to have a large outflow of catcher Park Dong-won. Living in the living room is the Achilles heel. Although he boasted the first place in offense last year, Park Dong-won’s 17 home run void must also be filled. Leadoff Choi Won-joon’s return in June is a good news. The strength of the right-handed duo of Sean Nolin and Thomas Panoni and Sean Anderson, who were recruited after giving up renewal contracts, and Adonis Medina, and the strength of new pitchers such as Kim Ki-hoon, Yun Young-cheol, and Kim Dae-yu must be confirmed at the camp. 토토사이트
9th place Doosan seeks to re-enter the top ranks with the best catcher Yang Eui-ji at the center. The themes are the leadership of novice director Lee Seung-yeop and whether Kim Jae-hwan will be revived. Samsung has a strong mound, but offense is key. Hitters with Pirella and Oh Jae-il were sluggish. Koo Ja-wook’s rebound signal is the key. NC filled Yang Eui-ji’s void with the recruitment of Park Se-hyuk. As Noh Jin-hyeok transferred to Lotte, his homework is to fill a huge gap in the offense. It is also of interest whether new foreigners will fill the vacancy of ace Drew Luczynski.