Last year, “if you miss, you’re out”

this year, “next at-bat even if you don’t” pinch-hitter → first game as a starting second baseman. “More responsibility. It’s not my spot yet.”

He’s a force to be reckoned with. He’s consistently starting and playing in trials, picking his own time to come in and improving his form.

Until last year, he was always on the bench. How about Shin Min-jae’s first trial game as a starter, when he had to take advantage of the occasional batting opportunity to play in the first team?

Shin started playing against the Samsung Lions in Daegu on the 11th. He went 0-for-5 until the 12th, but on the 14th, he went 3-for-3 with a home run, a run scored, and two stolen bases against the Changwon NC Dinos, and on the 15th, he went 2-for-1 with a home run, a walk, and a run scored. He quickly found his groove.

Shin Min-jae, who started at second base in the No. 9 spot on Friday, started the big inning with a double down the left field line in the top of the third inning. He scored on Hong Chang-ki’s single. Tae-soon walked to load the bases. This time, he grounded out to the second baseman on a full count. In the top of the sixth inning, he was replaced by Kim Tae-woo, who drew a walk. In four exhibition games, Shin is batting 4-for-10 with two runs scored and two stolen bases.

“In the beginning, I was playing with what I had prepared in camp and checking the strike zone in ABS, but now I’m doing what I usually do when I go to the plate,” Shin said.

“I felt good hitting in Daegu when I was practicing, but I only saw one fastball, and I was facing changeups and sliders. When I came to Changwon, I got my timing by watching fastballs, and I think that’s how I got my timing on changeups.”

The difference between the starters and the substitutes was the margin. Shin Min-jae, who described the time when he was competing for the first team as a substitute as “if I didn’t do well, it was over,” said, “But now I have the next at-bat and the next game, so I can fix it. I think I’m a little more relaxed at the plate because I think I have more chances.”

When asked if he felt a sense of accomplishment in becoming a starter, Shin shook his head. “I think I feel more responsible than that,” he said, “and I think I need to do 토토 better so that I can do it again next year, since the coaching staff is so considerate.”

He doesn’t consider himself a starter at second base yet. “I think the moment I think I can keep it, it’s over,” Shin said, “I don’t think it’s my place yet. I think I need to do well for two or three years before I can consider it my spot. This is my first year as a starter. That’s why I think this year is more important.”

He was second in stolen bases last year. He was in first place, but was overtaken at the last minute by Jeong Soo-bin of the Doosan Bears. Before thinking about the title, Shin wanted to improve his stealing success rate.

“I think I’ll focus on improving my success rate like the coach said,” Shin said. “The distance between the bases has decreased a bit as the bases have gotten bigger. In the past, if it was a tight enough situation to get a video read, it might be safe. But there aren’t many of those situations, so I think the start is more important. It’s important to run when the opponent throws a changeup,” he said. Shin had 37 successful stolen bases last year, but also 17 unsuccessful ones. His stolen base success rate was 68.5 percent.

It’s his first year as a starting second baseman. He is challenging himself with his mindset.


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