I already feel like ‘Hyeja FA’.
Kim Sang-soo (33, kt Wiz) started as the third batter shortstop in the SSG Landers match of the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League Demonstration Match’ held at Suwon kt Wiz Park on the 25th.
At the end of the first inning, with no runners and two runners, Kim Sang-soo opened the way to attack by getting an infield hit. kt took advantage of Kim Sang-soo’s on-base lead and scored two points.
In the bottom of the 5th inning with the team trailing 2-3, Kim Sang-soo scored a point using his whole body as a weapon. He hit the pitcher Song Young-jin with a heavy hit and went on the ground. After that, he quickly stole second base, and dug into third base while catcher Kim Min-sik’s throw was missing. In the meantime, another mistake was made by the opponent. Center fielder Choi Ji-hoon’s throw went into the dugout and succeeded in scoring with the right to advance safely. The final score was 3 at-bats, 2 hits and 2 runs scored. The team drew 5-5 after a close match, but Kim Sang-soo’s performance stood out.
Ahead of the 2023 season, Kim Sang-soo made a new nest by signing an FA (free agent) contract with kt for a total of 2.9 billion won over 4 years. It remains to be seen, but Kim Sang-soo’s performance during the demonstration game stands out. He is energizing the offense with a 0.571 batting average (4-for-7) and 3 runs scored in 4 games.
As a veteran shortstop, stable defense is an advantage. On this day, in the bottom of the 4th inning, when the 2-2 was a tight match, Kim Min-sik’s assault ball was caught well and thrown to 2nd base, 1 out 1 base, and the lead runner was caught and the flow was cut off.
In kt, Shim Woo-jun (28), who was the main off-season shortstop, enlisted as managing director, leaving a gap. The shortstop was so important that it was called the infield commander, so it was a position that needed reinforcement. For this reason, the team searched for free agents and acquired veteran Kim Sang-soo. 먹튀검증
Kim Sang-soo is showing the play the team wants on the ground. Although the sample is small, it serves as a link between the other lines with sophisticated contact ability, and provides stability to the infield with outstanding defense.
KT’s recruitment of Kim Sang-soo already feels like a ‘Hyeja free agent’. Attention is focusing on whether Kim Sang-soo will be able to continue his big success during the season.