“It will be of great help to me and the team”.

LG Twins manager Yeom Gyeong-yeop welcomed catcher Kim Ki-yeon’s (25) home run. 

On the 21st, in an exhibition game against the KIA Tigers held at the Gwangju-Kia Champions Field, Kim Ki-yeon raised a proper point. In the top of the eighth, he hit a three-run home run that turned the game around. 

On this day, veteran Huh Do-hwan wore a selection mask. From the 5th inning, when he was trailing 0-2, he inherited the mask instead and lived in the homeroom. He did not allow any runs while working with Jung Woo-young, Kim Yun-sik, Kim Jin-seong, Yoo Young-chan, and Baek Seung-hyeon. 

KIA’s stealing of second base was also stopped twice. It wasn’t just the defense. He saved the team with one bat. In his first at-bat in the seventh inning, he came out as the leadoff batter and got his first on base by getting a walk. 

Then, in the top of the 8th inning, trailing 0-2, after two outs, Song Chan-eui hit a left-handed double and Hong Chang-ki picked out a walk, giving him a chance. The KIA pitcher was left-handed sidearm Kim Dae-yu, who ate a pot of rice until last year. 

With a 3-1 lead on the ball count, Kim Ki-yeon turned the bat as the 136km two-seam was slightly driven to the middle. The moment he hit, he flew toward the wall to his left and drew a 115m arch. 

It was the first home run in an official game after graduating from Jinheung High School and being nominated in the 2nd 4th round in 2016. Although it was not a regular league, it was a meaningful home run. 

Coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop also said to Kim Ki-yeon, who hit a come-from-behind three-run home run that day, “I did a lot of karate training at the spring camp, and I made a result through the demonstration game. I think it will be of great help to me and the team.” 토토사이트

It is hot even in the demonstration game. He came in 13 at-bats, where he’s 6-for-12 with a batting average of 50% with 6 RBI. He is showing potential not only in defense but also in hitting. 

Director Yeom kept an eye on Kim Ki-yeon after taking office and invested a lot of time in the spring camp. They see Kim Ki-yeon as the third catcher behind main catcher Park Dong-won and second catcher Heo Do-hwan. 

Kim Ki-yeon had 0 at-bats in 2 games in 2018 and 9 at-bats in 12 games in 2022 as a first-team record. He seems to get more opportunities this year. It was the first home run toward that opportunity and toward a leap forward. Even in the homeland.

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