In 2024, KIA Tigers Kim Do-young’s dream becomes even grander. Kim Do-young, who joined the Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC) national team, is expected to prepare to grow into a heavy hitter third baseman after finishing this year as a ‘national tiger’.도메인
Kim Do-young played in 84 games in the 2023 season and finished the season with a batting average of 0.303/103 hits/7 home runs/47 RBI/25 stolen bases/on-base percentage of 0.371/slugging percentage of 0.453.
He was eventful. Kim Do-young, who suffered a long injury absence due to an unexpected fracture in the opening series, showed off his indispensable presence in the team in the second half of the season. At the end of the season, the team’s seniors, including Choi Hyung-woo, Na Seong-beom, and Park Chan-ho, suffered injuries one after another, so he was virtually alone in leading the team’s lineup. Among them, he reached the significant number of 1
Kim Do-young also showed great stability in third base defense. In order to coexist with starting shortstop Park Chan-ho, he had no choice but to focus on third base defense, but Kim Do-young played third base defense skillfully in the second half of the season and helped stabilize the team’s infield.
His impressive performance in the second half of the year led to his selection to the APBC national team. Kim Do-young boarded the ABPC national team along with his teammates Lee Eui-ri, Choi Ji-min, and Jeong Hae-young. Kim Do-young took the opportunity to become a national star by being selected for his first adult national team.
The APBC national team infield consists of Kim Do-young, Moon Bo-kyung, Noh Si-hwan, Kim Hye-seong, Kim Joo-won, and Kim Hwi-jip. Considering the composition of the infield during the Hangzhou Asian Games national team, third baseman Noh Si-hwan, shortstop Kim Joo-won, second baseman Kim Hye-seong, and first baseman Bo-kyung Moon are expected to form the starting lineup.
However, the variable is the Korean Series schedule. If the Korean Series schedule largely overlaps with the APBC national team schedule, Moon Bo-kyung, who plays for the LG Twins, who went directly to the Korean Series, may not be able to join the national team. In this case, with the selection of a replacement infielder, there is a possibility that Noh Si-hwan will move to first base and Kim Do-young will take charge of third base defense.
Moreover, you can learn a lot about offense and defense by watching Noh Si-hwan, who plays the same defensive position, right next to you. This is also an opportunity for Noh Si-hwan, who became the home run king with 31 home runs this season, to get tips on how to grow into a big gun third baseman. Above all, if he returns home with good results with the national team, it is expected to give great confidence to Kim Do-young as he prepares for the 2024 season.
If Kim Do-young increases his slugging power and shows more advanced offensive ability in the 2024 season, he can literally grow into a hot hitter worthy of the ‘second Lee Jong-beom’ that was expected at the time of his nomination. As a third baseman capable of hitting 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases, this proves that KIA was a player worthy of being selected in the first round. Attention is being paid to whether Kim Do-young will be able to gain experience as a ‘national tiger’ and create an opportunity for further growth in the 2024 season.
00 hits for the first time in his debut.