A player (Park Yu-yeon) with an annual salary of 33 million won completely filled the void left by a large catcher (Yang Eui-ji) with an annual salary of 15.2 billion won. It was possible because it was Doosan, the kingdom of catchers.메이저놀이터

Doosan backup catcher Park Yoo-yeon (25) started as the 8th catcher in the 9th game of the season against Samsung in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 8th. filled the gap of Yang Eui-ji with He had one of his best days since his pro debut, reporting multiple hits on his first double. 

Yang Eui-ji, who had not had a good side since last week, was diagnosed with a 1.8cm damage to his left flank muscle as a result of a hospital examination on the 7th. As a result, he was excluded from the first team entry on the 8th, and coach Lee Seung-yeop entrusted the starting mask for the Samsung match the day before to Park Yoo-yeon, not Jang Seung-hyun, who was in charge of Yang Eui-ji’s backup. In the 2017 rookie draft, Park Yoo-yeon joined Doosan in the 60th round of the 2nd round and was the third catcher with only 19 first-team experience. 

I highly bought Park Yoo-yeon’s attack power. There was also an aftermath of Jang Seung-hyun’s index finger injury in the match against KT in Jamsil on the 6th. In fact, Park Yoo-yeon drew attention as an offensive catcher from the time he joined Doosan. He hit 23 home runs in six futures league seasons, and his career slugging percentage reached .431. After participating in the Australian spring camp this year, he showed off his firepower with 7 homers and slugging rate of .445 in 42 games, waiting for coach Lee’s call-up. \

Park Yoo-yeon reported her first hit of the season with an infield hit after one out in the second inning with a 2-0 lead. It was the first hit in about a year and two months after the game with LG on June 12. And still leading 2-0, in the 4th inning with 2 out and 1st base, he hit a huge double that hit the left wall directly and called 1st base runner Min-hyeok Kim home. It was her debut moment when she simultaneously achieved her first double and multiple hits. After that, Park Yoo-yeon stepped on the home base when Heo Kyung-min’s first RBI triple hit and even scored. 

Park Yoo-yeon, whom she met after the game, said, “Her parents called me yesterday (7th) to say don’t be nervous and do well. So I think I did well without shaking,” she said. Thanks to her, she was able to relax. (Yang) Eui-ji sunbaenim just left without saying a word. She seems to have silently supported me,” she said, expressing her feelings of filling the void between Yang Eui-ui. 

What was the taste of the first double hit in debut? Park Yoo-yeon said, “After hitting the double, I couldn’t see the ball until the end. At first she didn’t know she had gone that far. I think if she had worked a little harder, she would have passed,” she laughed, “Actually, this is the first time I’ve been hit so well. Since she thinks she hits from the front, she hits the center well. It tasted good,” she said with a bright smile. 

In addition to her attack, Park Yoo-yeon showed off her fantasy breathing with Choi Won-joon’s replacement starter Choi Seung-yong. Choi Seung-yong, who became a winning pitcher in about three months with 3 hits, 1 run, 1 strikeout and 1 run in 5⅓ innings, said, “There were some difficult parts after a long time as a starting pitcher, but thanks to (Park) Yoo-yeon hyung’s good lead, I was able to pitch well. I was able to do it,” giving the credit of Hotu to Park Yoo-yeon.

Park Yu-yeon said, “I talked a lot with (Choi) Seung-yong before the game. Seung-yong was very good with the ball, so he took the lead aggressively. He showed a bit of weakness in the 6th inning, but Seung-yong still followed him with confidence. Today, Seung-yong played the ball well, and he hit me well, so I feel good,” he congratulated his junior on the victory.

Yang Eui-ji will undergo up to three weeks of rest and rehabilitation due to a side injury. As a result, Jang Seung-hyun and Park Yoo-yeon will be guarding Doosan’s home for the rest of August. It is not easy to fill the void left by gunner Yang Eui-ji, but Park Yoo-yeon showed off her skills she had honed in the Futures League on the 8th and revealed her future prospects.

Park Yoo-yeon said, “I practiced a lot because I didn’t hit too hard in the Futures League. I stayed and trained alone, but after doing that, I got better naturally.” 

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