It is impossible to talk about the LG Twins this season without mentioning this player. It is Shin Min-jae (27) who has made the leap to second baseman. Unleashing his full potential, he leads LG’s No. 1 solo run.
After graduating from Incheon High School, Shin Min-jae was nominated by the Doosan Bears as a foster player in 2015 and moved to LG through the 2017 KBO 2nd draft. Even if he wore a striped uniform, his role was to play as a major runner and defensive back.
In particular, last year, he played in only 14 games, the fewest since his professional debut, recording no hits in 3 at bats, 2 stolen bases and 2 runs scored.
However, within a year he had a complete metamorphosis. After director Yeom Gyeong-yeop took over, his role changed. At the beginning of the season, he was a major runner and defensive agent, but as the second baseman position was left empty, Shin Min-jae had an opportunity, and he succeeded in winning it.
Starting from the end of May, Shin Min-jae, who had more and more opportunities to start, started to explode his potential in earnest. He is becoming a great force on both sides of Gongsuju.
He is writing career highs in all metrics, including a batting average of .327 in 88 games, 56 hits, 21 RBIs, 29 stolen bases and 32 runs scored. In particular, he is ranked first in the stolen base category.
He has a high batting average and has the ability to solve problems. In the match against Incheon SSG on the 19th, he drove a whopping 4 RBIs and led the team to a great victory.
The impressive thing about him is that his defense is gradually improving. Even when he got a chance to play second base, coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop said that Min-jae Shin’s defense needs to be further improved. That’s why I practice basic skills with defensive coach Kim Il-kyung before the game.먹튀검증
Is that why? He is also showing a great performance on defense. It also has a sense of stability. He catches difficult bounds easily.
Shin Min-jae said, “As I continue (defense), I can see the bound. So I decided whether to go forward or not.”
This growth was supported by the big and small help of his colleagues. As for the hitting part, I get advice from Kim Hyun-soo. Shin Min-jae has quick feet, so if he makes a ball in play, he has a chance to live on first base. But he’s not in a hurry to get it right.
He said, “I try to hit the ball that I really can’t hit, but I try to swing other than that. Rather than hitting and running, I asked (Kim) Hyun-soo hyung to make a proper swing. Then, I received advice to make my swing stronger. The coaches also He said it’s better to hit and run, so that’s what I’m doing.”
You can get a glimpse of his will to improve by finding his own points of improvement.
Beyond his advice, there is also something to see and learn. It’s Bentleg Sliding. One of the sliding postures is sliding with one leg bent inward. This motion is also used in defense, but Oh Ji-hwan is using it as a proprietary patent in LG.
However, Shin Min-jae has shown this before.
He said, “(In the meantime) I saw (Oh) Ji-hwan hyung do it. When a fast runner came out, it seemed that it wouldn’t be a game if he threw it normally. So it seems to work because I tried to speed up about half the tempo. It came out without me knowing.” I think it worked because I saw him do it. I don’t practice separately. I think I’ll get hurt while practicing,” drawing surprise.
In this way, Shin Min-jae is gradually becoming a perfect second baseman. I wonder what would have happened without Shin Min-jae at LG this year.