1st team, OPS 1.421… Jeon Eui-san “Simply getting on base”
Geopo Jeon Eui-san (22), the future of the SSG Landers in the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO), has come through with two consecutive game-winning hits when his team was in danger of falling further behind.
He came through with the game-winning hit in the top of the 10th inning of a 5-5 extra-inning tie against the Doosan Bears at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Sunday, hitting a single to left field with two outs.
Jeon went 2-for-5 with two RBIs, including Kim Sung-hyun’s RBI double later in the inning, as SSG won 8-5 and extended its winning streak to two games.
When interviewed after the game, Jeon was humble, calling it a “really lucky hit,” but if it weren’t for his eighth-inning game-winning solo shot against Doosan the day before, the Doosan outfield wouldn’t have had to defend such a deep position.
After breaking into the first team midway through last season and establishing himself as SSG’s next big thing with 13 home runs in 77 games, Jeon went into this year’s season with big dreams.
However, slumps and injuries prolonged his stay in the second team, and after a long wait, he returned to the first team on the 18th.
Since then, Jeon’s bat has really caught fire.
In six games, he batted .444 (4-for-9) with four doubles, four walks, one home run, and two RBIs for an OPS of 1.421.
“My right side opened up a lot when I was hitting, and the second team worked a lot on correcting that. Since coming to the first team, I feel like I’m getting good results by going to the plate with ease and simplicity.”
Prior to the game, SSG coach Kim Won-hyung said to Jeon, “I want you to be as comfortable as you were when you first came up to the first team last year.”
Jeon replied, “Back then, I didn’t know what to do, and I was just hitting the ball and catching the ball when it came. At the beginning of this year, I really wanted to do well, so I put a lot of effort into it,” he said, adding, “I struggled, and thanks to the people around me who helped me a lot, I was able to come back like this.”
Jeon’s home run arsenal is yet to come.
This season, he has only cleared the fence four times in 44 games.
“In the beginning, I was greedy for home runs. But now I focus on making in-play hits,” he said, adding, “If I do that and it goes well, a home run or a long ball will come out.” He said he will continue to play with a clear mind. 먹튀검증