“I will prepare well for the season.”
This winter, I hit an inflection point in my baseball life. He left KT Wiz, where he had been with for a long time, and wore the Samsung Lions uniform. He trained all winter, promising a fresh start with a new team. He has been integrating into the team, playing with his teammates in spring camp. Kim Tae-hun (27), wearing a blue uniform, is aiming for a reward player myth.
Kim Tae-hoon, a graduate of 스포츠토토Yushin High School, joined kt in the 53rd overall in the 2nd 5th round in 2015. In his high school days, he boasted one-hit power, but his professional wall was only high. He did not perform well in the first team stage. However, his Futures League performance was different. In 64 games in the 2020 season, he recorded 229 at-bats, 84 hits, and a batting average of 0.367, winning the batting title.
Kim Tae-hoon, who could not find a place in the first team. This winter, free agent infielder Kim Sang-soo moved to Samsung as a compensation player following his transfer to kt. Samsung revealed the reason for choosing Kim Tae-hoon, saying, “Kim Tae-hoon has excellent ability to deal with breaking balls and contact. It is expected that he will be useful as a pinch hitter. In addition, it will help strengthen the team’s outfield depth.”
Wearing a blue uniform, Kim Tae-hoon was named to the 1st team spring camp and has been in sync with the Samsung outfield. Jose Pirella, Koo Ja-wook, and Kim Hyun-joon are already holding out in the outfield, but they challenged themselves to the starting lineup.
On the 9th, Kim Tae-hun, who played as the left fielder with the 4th hitter in the first leg of the spring training game against the Nippon Ham Fighters. He went 0-hit in 3 at-bats, but he showed his potential for improvement by finding points of improvement. He also showed a sense of stability, such as catching difficult batted balls. Samsung lost to Nippon Ham 0-3.
After the game, Kim Tae-hoon said, “It’s a practice game, but it’s unfortunate that we lost the first game. Through practice and training, communication with the defenders seems to have improved. Even difficult hits, thanks to Kim Hyun-jun’s good call play, I think I played a good defense. I will prepare well for the season by improving my batting stance during spring camp.”
This is Kim Tae-hoon, who is gradually melting into Samsung. He continues to draw his growth curve and aim for the myth of a reward player. Like catcher Kim Jae-seong, who joined as a compensation player following the transfer of FA outfielder Park Hae-min to the LG Twins last year, he is staring at a soft landing in the first team.