Pushed aside even by second-teamers…Choi Won-ho gives up hope on Williams, Hanwha foreign batsman summarized as a disastrous failure
It looks like the Hanwha Eagles’ search for a foreign batsman this season will end in disaster. After Brian O’Grady, Nick Williams was declared ineligible. Even coach Choi Won-ho, who had hoped to fix and improve their weaknesses and utilize them to the fullest, has virtually given up hope. Not only is his hitting ability poor, but his defense is also below average.
Williams was left out of the starting lineup against the KIA Tigers in Gwangju on the 27th and the Lotte Giants in Daejeon on the 29th. The 29th game was canceled due to rain, and even if the game had been played, it would have been difficult for him to play given his recent struggles.
Williams was benched on the 27th with no substitutions. Choi In-ho replaced Williams on the left wing in the 27th game, and Euryeol was in the starting lineup on the 29th. Both players were recently promoted from the Future Team (second team). Williams was effectively ruled out of the squad.
Williams joined the team in late June as a replacement for O’Grady, who had become a “taboo subject. The club had to think long and hard before making the move, as a number of players who were originally on the club’s list were called up to the major leagues.
The team’s last-place batting average is now batting eighth, and a foreigner is batting eighth. Takebacks at the plate
With fewer moves, he had a sparkling performance in the middle of the month. The sharp swings didn’t last long, though, as Hanwha got people a little excited.
In his last three games, he went 0-for-10 with four strikeouts. In 28 days, he’s batting 2-for-32 (144 at-bats) with four home runs and 18 RBIs. It was noted early on in his career that he had issues with his leadoff stuff, and it hasn’t improved at all. In 149 at-bats, he has 37 strikeouts and only one walk.스포츠토토
His defense in left field also leaves a lot to be desired. Both his throwing and catching are below average for a professional outfielder. Choi Won-ho said that he sees it as “quite low”. If he had a good offense, he would be able to take advantage of his weak defense, but that’s not the case.
Choi said, “I’ll use him as a designated hitter if he can hit,” meaning he’s been patient with him, but he’s not going to give him an unconditional chance in the future.
Even for a player who has come up from the second team, Williams is losing out. At this rate, it’s unlikely he’ll be re-signed.
This year, O’Grady and Williams have combined to hit just .187 (42-for-224) with four home runs, 26 RBIs, and 19 runs scored. That’s a disastrous record.