‘WBC All-Star’ Yoshida, MLB’s first home run… Expected to hit 4th in the opening game

Japanese big leaguer Yoshida Masataga (30) revealed his prospects for the regular season by hitting the first home run in an MLB demonstration game. 

On the 29th (Korean time), Yoshida started as the 4th hitter and left fielder in the 2023 MLB exhibition game Atlanta Brave held at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, Florida, USA, and recorded 2 at-bats, 1 hit (1 home run), 2 RBIs and 1 walk. did. 

At the end of the first inning, when Boston was losing 0-1, in his first at-bat from 2nd and 3rd base, he hit a two-run home run in the middle right by targeting a fast ball outside (based on a left-handed hitter) of starting pitcher Charlie Morton. 

Yoshida had only played 5 games before, as he had to digest the final schedule of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) Japan team. He hit a home run in six games. He also recorded an RBI for the first time in an official MLB game. 

Yoshida participated in 7 WBC matches and recorded a batting average of 0.409 (9 hits in 22 bats) and 2 homers, leading Japan to win. He was also selected as an all-star of the tournament. After returning to the team on the 25th, he played an exhibition game and went hitless for two consecutive games. However, he went 1-for-3 against Atlanta on the 28th, and even hit a home run on that day (29th), ending the demonstration game with good energy. Yoshida recorded a batting average of 0.231, 1 home run, 2 RBIs and 4 strikeouts in a total of 6 games.  바카라사이트

Yoshida was listed as the fourth hitter in Boston’s opening game lineup predicted and announced by MLB.com on the 28th. Among new and old big league star players such as Raphael Devers and Justin Turner, the new face was expected to take a symbolic batting order. 

Yoshida signed a five-year contract with Boston for a total of $90 million. He is evaluated as a hitter with a pioneering eye, punching power, and contact ability. Some say that the level of ransom for Lee Jung-hoo, who declared a challenge on the American stage, will be determined by his performance in his big league debut season.  

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