LG Twins rookie catcher Kim Bum-seok (19) had an unforgettable experience at Sajik Stadium in Busan.
Kim started as the No. 4 designated hitter for the Northern League All-Stars in the 2023 KBO Futures All-Star Game at Busan’s Sajik Stadium on Thursday, going 2-for-4 with a three-run home run, four RBIs and one run scored.
His performance helped the Northern League defeat the Southern All-Stars 9-7. Kim hit a grounder in front of the shortstop in his first at-bat in the second inning and a double to right field in his second at-bat in the bottom of the fourth inning with his team trailing 2-3.토토사이트
However, with runners on first and second in the bottom of the fifth inning with the score 4-3, he took a 143-kilometer-per-hour fastball from Han Jae-seung for a three-run home run over the left-center field fence. The ball hit 170 kilometers and traveled 128.3 meters.
After the game, Kim reflected on the circumstances of his home run and said he knew it was a home run the moment it was hit. “My timing tends to be late in my first two at-bats, so I tried to hit it in front of the plate with less effort, and it turned out well,” he said. “It was great to hit a home run at Sajik Stadium, which is very pitcher-friendly.”
After taking a 7-3 lead on Kim’s triple, North gave up four runs in the top of the seventh, including a two-run homer to Koo Bon-hyuk, to tie the game at 7-7.
However, in the bottom of the seventh, Kim Gun-i regained the lead with an RBI single to right and Kim Bum-seok added a valuable RBI single to right. After the game, Kim was named the MVP of the Futures All-Star Game.
He said, “I was honored to be selected as a Futures All-Star, but it feels great to come out and perform well. A lot of my family and friends came to see me, which gave me more strength.”
Kim, who is batting 3-for-6 with six doubles, six home runs and 27 RBIs in the first half of the Futures League this year, will remember the day. “I performed well in front of a lot of fans, so I think it will help me later when I go to the first team. It was a good experience to become a better player in the first team.”
Kim Bum-seok, who joined LG in the first round of the 2023 rookie draft (7th overall), is expected to be the next big gun to lead the LG batting lineup. With so many senior players in the lineup, it will be difficult for him to establish himself in the first team right away, but LG is keeping an eye on the future.
“He is a player who is in the process of preparing for the future of LG next year and beyond,” Yeom Kyung-yeop said.