NC main outfielder Park Kun-woo boasts a career batting average of 0.327. It is third among all hitters in the KBO League who have played more than 3,000 at-bats. He hit 20 homers twice (2016-2017), but it is his 98th career home run in his 14 years as a pro. He is a right-handed outfielder and alternate hitter representing the KBO League.
He is also a member of Doosan’s winning Korean series in 2015-2016 and 2019. He even broke a 6-year, 10 billion won jackpot contract in the 2021-2022 free agent market. In a word, he is a successful player who has achieved everything he had to accomplish as a baseball player. Now, the desire to win the Korean Series will be the greatest for NC, which has recognized its value.
However, Park Kun-woo also has painful memories. He was not so pleasant in the senior national team. Park Gun-woo participated in the 2017 WBC, the 2019 Premier 12, and the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. However, the 2017 WBC is a tournament that is always mentioned when discussing the disgrace of Korean baseball, and the 2019 Premier 12 was runner-up, but it was a tournament that clearly felt the walls of Japan. The Tokyo Olympics also left a disappointment with no medals.
The 2017 WBC and the 2019 Premier12 were not very good personally either. He entered one fight in the WBC but did not record any records. He was a thorough outfield backup. The Premier 12 was 5 at-bats, 1 hit, 0.200 batting average, 1 run and 1 walk in 6 games. He wasn’t a solid starter.
Even at the Tokyo Olympics, he was a backup to support Kim Hyun-soo (LG), Lee Jung-hoo (Kiwoom), and Park Hae-min (LG). He barely got a chance and struck out as a pinch hitter in the last minute of the winner’s semi-final against Japan. After that, he started in the loser’s semifinal against the United States and scored after hitting the lead batter in the 7th inning. He also started in the bronze medal match against the Dominican Republic and scored a hit at the right time. However, there was no scene that could change the flow of the game in either game.
In the upcoming WBC outfield, Na Seong-beom 메이저사이트 (KIA) will join the Tokyo Olympics four-man. Park Kun-woo is the only right-handed outfielder and has the potential to strategically stand by as a pinch hitter. He can also start when a lefty starts or against a country with good lefties.
Park Kun-woo is fully qualified to be a game changer. He has not had many good memories in international competitions, so he will want to leave an impression this time around. He had many scenes blocked at important moments in the KBO League postseason, but his scoring position batting average in the 2022 season was good at 0.317.
Is Park Kun-woo’s WBC reversal drama possible? It is best to show his competitiveness in the WBC and carry that good energy into the 2023 season of NC.