Hit, hit, hit, hit.
Lotte Giants’ high school rookie Kim Min-seok (19) achieved 100 hits. On the 11th, against the Doosan Bears held at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, he played as number 8-center field and hit 4 hits. He filled 100. He left a strong impression on the 9,940 fans who watched the last home game of the season.
He hit a single to right in his first at-bat in the second inning, and followed up with a double to right-handed in the third and fourth innings. He reached base in his fourth at-bat in the sixth inning with an infield hit toward the third baseman.
Kim Min-seok said, “Regardless of the result, it was a very thankful game because many fans came to Sajik Baseball Stadium. The 100 hits were possible not because I did well, but because the manager and coach believed in me until the end.”스포츠토토
This is the 8th time in history that a high school rookie player has hit 100 hits in his first year. Previously, Hanwha Eagles Moon Hyun-bin (19) reached 100 hits in the game against NC Dinos on the 2nd.
Starting with Kim Jae-hyun in 1994, Lee Seung-yeop in 1995, Park Jin-man in 1996, Jeong Seong-hoon in 1999, Lee Jeong-hoo in 2017, and Kang Baek-ho in 2018, all hit 100 hits in their first year after graduating from high school and joining the team. Following in the footsteps of these legends.
Kim Min-seok is a prospect selected by Lotte in the first round in 2023. However, he plays like a key player rather than a potential rookie player.
Lotte, whose fall baseball season was frustrated, presented a refreshing victory to its home fans. They concentrated on 17 hits and achieved a 14-3 victory.
Kim Min-seok and Jeong Hoon each had 4 hits and 2 RBIs, and Yoo Kang-nam had 2 hits and 3 RBIs, including a home run.
Ace Park Se-woong, who returned from the Asian Games national team, earned his 9th win of the season with a good pitch, allowing 3 runs in 6 innings.
Kim Min-seok said, “I discovered a lot of shortcomings this year. I will become the Kim Min-seok of 2024 who has grown from the Kim Min-seok of 2023.”
Lotte players greeted their home fans with a placard in front of them that said, ‘We will come back stronger.’