It’s four home runs in the last four games. ‘Park Se-hyuk compensation player’ Park Jun-young (26, Dusan) has been demonstrating powerlessness in the second team every day.
Park started at first base against the LG Twins in the 2023 KBO Futures League at Icheon Bears Park on Thursday and went 2-for-2 with a double, a home run, three RBI, one walk and two runs scored. His performance helped the team to a 6-3 rainout victory.
He started the home run barrage in his first at-bat. With the score 0-0 in the first inning, he led off with a solo home run off LG starter Kim Dong-gyu. After working a favorable 2B-1S count, he took the fourth pitch and connected with a 110-meter home run to left field. It was his third home run of the Futures League season and his second in a row after hitting one against the Icheon NC on the 2nd.
His second at-bat was also a home run. In the top of the third inning with a 2-0 lead, he again faced Kim Dong-gyu for a two-run home run. After watching two pitches, he took the third pitch and smashed a 115-meter home run to left field. Starting with his first home run against the Seosan Hanwha on June 25, Park’s two-run blast against the NC on June 2 and his two home runs on this day, Park has hit four home runs in his last four games.
In the fourth inning with a 5-1 lead, he drew a walk and stole second against Kim Dae-hyun. It was a valuable at-bat that set up Kim Tae-geun’s run-scoring single later in the inning.
Jun-young Park wore a Doosan jersey as compensation for Park Se-hyuk, who became a free agent last December and moved to the NC Dinos. Park, who signed a four-year, 4.6 billion won free agent contract with NC on Nov. 24, is a Class A player, and after discussions, Doosan received compensation of 200 percent of Park’s previous salary (300 million won) and one player outside the 20-man roster.먹튀검증
Park Jun-young was selected by the NC with the first overall pick in the 2016 KBO Draft out of Gyeonggi State. At the time, he was a pitching prospect with a fastball in the mid-140s and showed promise in his rookie year, going 1-3 with a 6.95 ERA in 32 games and five starts. However, he underwent elbow surgery late in the season and decided to switch to hitting while serving in the military as a social service worker.
Park began hitting in earnest in the 2020 season. Defensively, he had no problem playing shortstop, having played both pitcher and shortstop in high school. However, he didn’t make much of an impact and ended up batting just 2-for-7 with 109 hits, 12 home runs, and 53 RBIs in 221 games. His 2022 season was also a disappointment, as he batted just 2-for-6 with four home runs and 19 RBIs in 75 games.
Park underwent surgery for a dislocated shoulder last October and was designated for assignment while rehabbing. At the time of his surgery, he was given an eight-month rehabilitation schedule, but he recovered quickly and has been playing in Futures League games since mid-May. His Futures League stats are 2-for-4, 7 RBI, 4 home runs, and 10 RBI in 27 games.
Doosan, who drafted Park last year, said, “We weighed the potential of the future rather than the present. He’s not an immediate powerhouse, but we’ve been watching him since high school. We think highly of his potential. We also need another third baseman someday,” he said, noting his future.
It will be interesting to see if Park’s four-homer performance in his last four games can be included in Lee’s plans.