Is Choi Ji-man (31) and the platoon system an unavoidable fate? Even in his new team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, Choi Ji-man is in a situation where he has to compete in the platen system.
Pittsburgh announced on the 19th (Korean time) that it had acquired outfielder and first baseman Conor Cho (30) through a trade with the Colorado Rockies. He traded for minor league pitcher Nick Garcia.
It is the return of Conor Joe, an outfielder and first baseman resource for right-handed hitters, to his home team. He was selected by Pittsburgh in the 2014 draft, but was subsequently traded to the Atlanta Braves. Joe, who went through the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies, returned to his home team after 9 seasons.
Joe played for the Colorado Rockies in the 2021-2022 season this year, leaving a record of .744 OPS with 147 hits, 15 home runs and 63 RBIs in 174 games.
The defense mainly went back and forth between left field and first base. He’s more of a left fielder. He played 375.1 innings in 50 games as a left fielder and 162 innings in 24 games as a first baseman this year. He also played 16 games and 132 innings in right field. The designated hitter’s appearances were not small, with 27 games. 메이저놀이터
In many ways, Choi Ji-man and his position overlap. Choi Ji-man joined Pittsburgh before Joe in November. Even during the Tampa Bay Race, Choi Ji-man, who received limited opportunities through the platoon system, could be different in Pittsburgh. However, Pittsburgh quickly came up with the best platoon alternative.
MLB Trade Rumors, which covers major league transfer news, said, “Joe joined other veteran players to complement Pittsburgh’s key young players. During his short major league career, he played first baseman and outfield corner positions, and generally showed good defensive records in first baseman and left fielder. I can share playing time with switch hitter Carlos Santana,’ he explained.
Comparing Joe’s career performance against lefties and righties, he showed off slightly higher productivity against lefties throughout his career. He went 2.4 2 against right-handed pitchers (94-for-389) with 9 home runs and 36 RBIs for a .715 OPS. Against left-handed pitchers, he posted a batting average of 2.5 8 Lee (54 hits in 209 at-bats), 6 homers, 27 RBIs, and an OPS of .759. There is a difference, but it is difficult to see it as a significant difference.
Nevertheless, while recruiting Joe in the US, they predict that Choi Ji-man and Platoon cannot be avoided. Choi Ji-man and the platoon system seem to have an inseparable relationship.