“If you don’t have a position, you’re not going to make the first team”: The Futures All-Star MVP’s time to make a decision comes down to the wire
LG Twins catching prospect Kim Bum-seok (19) could remain a catcher.
LG manager Yoon Kyung-yeop revealed his thoughts on Kim Bum-seok’s position in an interview before the game against the Kiwoom Heroes of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on April 1.
Kim Bum-seok, who was selected in the first round (No. 7) of the 2023 rookie draft, is a big-bat prospect with high hopes for LG. While he’s yet to make an impact in the big leagues, going 0-for-4 in two games, he’s batting 2-for-9 (177-for-53) with six home runs, 29 RBIs and an .831 OPS in 52 games in the Futures League. At the Futures All-Star Game, he went 2-for-4 with a double, home run, and four RBIs, earning MVP honors.
Kim Bum-seok has already gained some recognition for his batting. The problem is defense. His natural position is catcher, but he hasn’t been able to field as a result of his shoulder injury. There are doubts that he will be able to maintain the position in the long run.
Coach Yeom Kyung-yup said, “Kim Bum-seok is not a catcher yet. His shoulder injury makes it difficult for him to throw. It’s going to take a while,” and “I think I’ll have to make a decision after this season. I can’t just keep going like this,” he pointed out.
“I also need to think about switching positions,” said Yeom Kyung-yup, “I’m trying to decide by synthesizing the opinions of the scouting team, the development team, and the training part. If you’re going to change, it’s better to change quickly. You have to decide whether to go to first base or catcher, or play first base and then go back to catcher.”
Currently, Kim Bum-seok can only be used as a designated hitter in the first team. With the infield and outfield already established, and LG utilizing the designated hitter spot to give the main players a break, it’s difficult for the team to utilize Kim Bum-seok in the first team.스포츠토토
“If you don’t have a position, you can’t use him even if you put him in the first team,” said coach Yeom Kyung-yup. “You have to give him a position to give him a chance. We need to give him a position so that he can do final training and spring training accordingly. Kim Bum-seok is also one of the hitters who should be given a chance next year. We need to decide his position quickly,” he emphasized again.
Kim Bum-seok is a prospect who should develop into LG’s next big gun, but he needs a position to play right away in order to give him a chance with the first team. It would be a shame to give up the catcher position, but he might want to try another position, such as first base, to get a better chance. It will be interesting to see how Kim ends up developing.