“Moon, and Moon.”
Carlos Subero (51), head coach of the Hanwha Eagles, mentioned the two young players as expected young guns at the end of the second spring camp in Okinawa, Japan. One is Moon Dong-joo (20), a promising pitcher in his second year, who threw a ball at 156km/h from practice. He was a player that fans could easily think of as well.
Another was a surprise. Head coach Subero paid attention to the potential of Moon Hyun-bin (19), a rookie high school graduate. Hanwha performed well in spring camp practice matches with 5 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. Among them, coach Subero paid attention to the versatile rookie Moon Hyun-bin.
On the 13th, the 2023 KBO League demonstration game schedule began. Moon Hyun-bin is already confirming that the command tower’s evaluation was not for nothin안전놀이터g.
In an exhibition game against KT Wiz held at Daejeon Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park on the 16th, Moon Hyun-bin started as a center fielder with the second hitter and hit a double, 4 at-bats, 1 hit and 1 point.
His exhibition batting average was 0.300 (3 hits in 10 at-bats). He recorded hits in both games as a starter, and as the second batter, he scored 3 runs and made the command tower smile.
Director Subero highly praised Moon Hyun-bin, saying, “The mental maturity ahead of his actual age is a great advantage and weapon.” Team senior Jeong Eun-won (23), who won the Golden Glove as a second baseman in 2021, also showed caution, saying, “It seems to be beyond the threat level. It seems to be eaten.”
With his outstanding batting ability, his attitude to strike with a more sincere look than anyone else, and even a rookie-like spirit overflowing. On this day, he hit a fastball from KT foreign pitcher Bo Schulseo and left a deep impression with a double in the middle right. Hanwha fans are also raising expectations for Moon Hyun-bin.
Another thing that raises Moon Hyun-bin’s value is his defensive utilization. Moon Hyun-bin, who mainly played as a shortstop in high school, was tested in various positions during the camp. Moon Hyun-bin, who had only played in the infield as a shortstop and second baseman, was unexpectedly appointed as center fielder in a practice game against the Samsung Lions in Okinawa on the 8th.
Fans expressed their curiosity about the use of Moon Hyun-bin rather than many outfield resources. Some complained that it was demoralizing existing outfield resources. However, this was a plan that was in Subero’s head early on. He said, “Based on Moon Hyun-bin’s high school outfield experience, I hired him to refer to his positional flexibility on the professional stage.”
Moon Hyun-bin, who entered the game, played an unexpectedly stable defense. On the 14th, his first start in the exhibition game, he started as a second baseman against the KIA Tigers, made multiple hits, and showed a sense of stability in defense. After reliably catching a fly ball in the early stages of the game, he quickly chased Kim Jun-tae’s big ball to the fence in the 5th inning. Moon Hyun-bin did not panic and caught an overhead batted ball, which is said to be the most difficult for an outfielder.
Director Subero is immersed in happy troubles. This is because he awakened Jeong Eun-won from the camp period with the advent of a bold newcomer, and he has one more option in the outfield resources. Moon Hyun-bin is at the core of ‘strengthening depth through competition’ emphasized by director Subero.