“It’s an honor to be mentioned with my seniors, so I’m a little conscious.”

Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Samsung Lions at Daejeon Baseball Stadium on the 27th. Moon Hyun-bin, who started as a sixth-second baseman, hit two consecutive at-bats in the second and fourth innings. In his first at-bat, he hit a changeup in 2S and hit a slider in 2B2S. All of his 94th and 95th hits of the season were made against Samsung starter Taylor Wide.

The second round of the subsequent doubleheader. He went to second base and walked in his first at-bat in the second inning. He hit a timely RBI single in the fourth inning with one out and one on the first base. It was the final hit that led to a 4-0 victory. In the 1B, he hit Samsung starter Hwang Dong-jae’s 137km/h fastball and connected it with a double to the left field. His 96th hit of the season.

Hanwha Eagles’ first-year high school graduate infielder Moon Hyun-bin (19) is on the verge of 100 hits. There are four steps left until the record that even “Legend” Kim Tae-kyun and Noh Si-hwan have never played.

Kim Tae-kyun, who graduated from Bukil High School, recorded a batting average of .335 with 20 home runs and 54 RBIs in 2001 and won the Rookie of the Year award. He had only 82 hits in 88 games. He reached triple-digit hits in 2003, his third year as a professional. He hit 153 in 133 games that year. Since 2003, he has had more than 100 hits for 13 consecutive seasons, recording 2,209 hits in total.

Noh Si-hwan, a native of Kyungnam High School, was a prospect who was selected in the first round of the second round of the 2019 rookie draft. However, he failed to play as a starting member in his first year of joining the team. He batted .186 with 33 hits, one homer and 13 RBIs in 91 games. In 2021, his third year as a professional, he hit 103 over 100.

However, rookie Moon Hyun-bin, who graduated from Bukil High School, is on the verge of achieving a record that his sky-like seniors have never done. already

He broke the most hits in his first year of high school. He said, “I was satisfied with breaking the record for the most hits in the first year of the club’s high school graduate, but I thought I could do better.”

Second First Round pick of the 2023 Rookie Draft. As soon as he joined the club, he received attention. Everyone said in unison that they didn’t look like high school graduates. After spring camp in the first division, he continued to play in the first division until exhibition games and regular seasons. Hanwha’s people were excited with his performance that met expectations. He has become a symbol of the generational change of fielders. Moon Hyun-bi has the most games and hits among rookie fielders this season.

Since professional baseball was launched in 1982, only six high school graduates have hit 100 hits.

In 1994, Kim Jae-hyun (LG Twins) hit 134 hits, causing a high school graduate wind. Since then, the best players have followed. Lee Seung-yeop (Samsung Lions) hit 104 in 1996, Park Jin-man (Hyundai Unicorns) hit 102 in 1996, Jung Sung-hoon (Haetae Tigers) hit 107 in 1999, Lee Jung-hoo (Heroes) 179 in 2017, and Kang Baek-ho (KT Wiz) hit 153 in 2018.

Now, if Moon Hyun-bin adds four hits, he will be on par with them.

First year of high school professional season. He is a freshman in college. Everything is unfamiliar, but Moon Hyun-bin started as a designated hitter from the opening game. He quickly adapted and became the main player. He is third in the team after Noh Si-hwan and Chae Eun-sung, tied for 4 RBIs

It is an honor to be mentioned with prominent seniors, so 100 hits are a little conscious. But I try not to be tied to 100 hits. As usual, I am thinking of swinging strongly when the ball comes to my favorite course. I think I’ve got my own way of coping according to the breaking ball or the game situation of the game.”


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