The characteristic of baseball is that small changes can produce big results.
Athletes who have already been physically and technically completed grow one step with only a small realization.
Noh Si-hwan (23), the right-handed giant of the Hanwha Eagles, is a good example.
Noh Si-hwan hit his 8th home run of the season against Lim Jun-seop in the 9th inning against SSG Landers at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 12th메이저사이트.
Noh Si-hwan, who maintains the best batting sense by hitting home runs in the last three games in a row, jointly led the league with Park Dong-won (LG Twins) in home runs.
Noh Si-hwan, whom I met after the game, said, “I think the pace is okay. It is important to maintain this pace. It is still early in the season and the season is long, so it is a blow to collapse in an instant, so we have to maintain the pace.”
Noh Si-hwan’s season performance was a batting average of 0.357 (2nd place), 8 homers (tied for 1st place), 20 RBIs (tied for 7th place), and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 1.049 (1st place).
His combination of hitting accuracy and slugging power reminds me of Lee Dae-ho (41), the best right-handed hitter in the history of the KBO League, who left the ground at the end of last season.
Noh Si-hwan, Lee Dae-ho’s junior at Gyeongnam High School, would seek advice from Lee Dae-ho whenever the opportunity arose.
Noh Si-hwan, who joined Hanwha in 2019 after being nominated for the 2nd first round, has been steadily receiving opportunities since his first year of joining.
Having grown smoothly with 12 home runs in 2020 and 18 home runs in 2021, he chose a change in hitting by putting the hitting point behind to catch two rabbits with hitting accuracy and home runs last year.
He calculated that if he watched the ball for as long as possible and hit it, he could reduce the number of strikeouts.
As a result, he succeeded in lowering his strikeout rate per plate appearance from 23.4% in 2021 to 19.4% in 2022.
However, it became difficult to put power on his bat, and his home runs plummeted from 18 in 2021 to 6 in 2022.
Noh Si-hwan trained to hit the hitting point in front during the winter, and the result was a great success.
He explained, “Last year, the hitting point (hitting point) was behind, so a lot of batted balls went from center fielder to right field, but this year, a lot of batted balls came out in the left field direction. It’s going well in the direction I thought.”
The result was that he was not afraid of striking out and focused on making a strong batted ball like a big shot.
In fact, among Noh Si-hwan’s home runs this season, only one each crossed the right fence and the middle fence.
The other 6 hit the ball in front of them and pulled it with all their might and sent it to the spectators.
Looking at the direction of the batted ball, last season’s home run king Park Byeong-ho (37, kt wiz) also comes to mind.
It is encouraging that the strikeout rate per at-bat this year is 19.7%, not much different from last season.
Noh Si-hwan said, “Being bold makes me confident. He hit passively while putting the hitting point behind, but rather boldly, the results follow.”
Noh Si-hwan, who shows potential as the next-generation right-handed hitter who will represent the league, made it clear that he would not be bound by numbers.
He said, “I was not greedy for long hits and only thought about hitting hard, so I came up with a home run. I focus only on winning the team day by day, I don’t think about the title at all.