Entering the 2nd year season as a hitter. During the off-season, he steadily built up a sense of practice in Australia. SSG Landers Ha Jae-hoon (33), a former save king, promised success as a hitter.
Ha Jae-hoon is the owner of a somewhat unusual resume. After graduating from Yongma High School in Masan, Ha Jae-hoon signed a contract with a minor league team under the Chicago Cubs in 2008 and crossed the Pacific Ocean. Ha Jae-hoon, who could not step on the big league stage, continued his career as a player in the Japanese independent league. Up to this point, Ha Jae-hoon was active as a hitter.
Ha Jae-hoon returned to Korea ahead of the 2019 season. In the rookie draft, he wore the SK Wyverns (now SSG) uniform with the 16th overall in the second round of the second round. SK paid attention to Ha Jae-hoon’s shoulder, which spreads a fastball with a maximum speed of 155 km, and recommended pitcher conversion.
The result turned out to be a great success. Ha Jae-hoon appeared in 61 games in the 2019 season and recorded 5 wins, 3 losses, 3 holds and 36 saves. He was crowned the Salvation King.
However, ‘pitcher’ Ha Jae-hoon did not have a long run. He was plagued by injuries. Ha Jae-Hoon couldn’t show off his skills to the fullest because of his shoulder pain. In the end, after consulting with the club, he decided to become a hitter, and picked up the bat, dreaming of becoming a home run king. He challenged to achieve 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases.
Last year, his first season as a hitter, Ha Jae-hoon recorded 23 hits in 107 at-bats, 6 homers, 13 RBIs, a batting average of 0.215, a slugging percentage of 0.458, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.704 in 60 games. His record was not very satisfactory. Ha Jae-hoon boarded the plane to Australia without a break and experienced the Australian League as a member of Geelong Korea.
In Australia, Ha Jae-hoon recorded 11 homers, 18 RBIs, 4 stolen bases, a batting average of 0.306, a slugging percentage of 0.792, and an OPS of 1.146 in 21 games. Ha Jae-hoon said, “I played a good game in Australia. He has accumulated a lot of experience. He continued to play in the game and was able to get a feel for it,” he looked back. 메이저사이트
It is important to improve the batting ability, but it is also important to increase the speed for defense and stealing. Ha Jae-hoon said, “My legs have to be faster in this spring camp. Diet is also in progress. You have to develop dexterity. Power is important, but I want to have the speed to hit the ground.”
Ha Jae-hoon is ahead of the second year season as a ‘batter’. He has great aspirations to succeed to the point of giving up his off-season break. Attention is focusing on whether Ha Jae-hoon will be able to leave a mark as a batter.