“(Among the reasons why Noh Si-hwan’s long hits increased), the biggest thing is the change in his hitting point.”
Hanwha Eagles manager Choi Won-ho told us about the reason for Roh Si-hwan’s recent success, who has been wielding a fire bat.
Noh Si-hwan, who has been active only in Hanwha until this year after being nominated by Hanwha for the 3rd overall in the 2nd round of 2019, is a right-handed infielder. Until last year, he recorded a batting average of 0.250, 37 homers and 199 RBIs in 420 games in his career.
This season, Noh Si-hwan showed off his skills. As of the 10th, his batting average was 0.315 (8th place), 96 hits (5th place) and 57 RBIs (tied for 2nd place) in 77 appearances. In addition, he sent 19 batted balls off the fence and is tied for first place in home runs with Choi Jeong (SSG Landers). What is the reason Noh Si-hwan was able to grow like this?
Regarding this, Hanwha coach Choi Won-ho, whom I recently met, said, “The biggest thing is the change in the hitting point. (Roh) Si-hwan put the point behind last year by focusing on reducing the strikeout rate and raising the batting average and on-base rate. Then, he was not fooled by the breaking ball and his on-base rate increased, but his strong point, long hits, decreased. This year, I am boldly abandoning those things and putting the heating point in front.”
Director Choi continued, “That change is the biggest. Even when Noh Si-hwan practices, he puts all his points ahead of him. The change in the hitting point is the biggest secret to making a good hitting ball,” he said. In most cases, if you leave the point in front, you usually can’t hit a breaking ball, but Roh Si-hwan matches the timing of his fastball and even hits a breaking ball. So he is making career high grades.”
Noh Si-hwan made the bold decision to put the heating point in front of him. He swung the bat more fiercely as the season progressed. He only hit two homers in April, but he hit seven balls off the fence in May and hit six homers in June. Even in July, he is showing off his long hitting power by drawing 4 arches.
In particular, Noh Si-hwan showed his true value perfectly in the Daegu Samsung Lions match on the 1st (Hanhwa won 10-4). In the top of the 4th inning, he pulled Samsung’s ace David Buchanan’s high 148km fastball and hit a left-handed solo shot. As the command tower said, it was a scene that showed that it was possible to cope with fastballs as well as breaking balls.안전놀이터
Manager Choi Won-ho said, “As a result, the pitchers facing (Noh Si-hwan) are also anxious about throwing fastballs and find it difficult to throw breaking pitches. But he laughed, saying, “Can’t you just throw a manned ball?” and then said, “The water has completely risen.”
With Noh Si-hwan taking center stage, Hanwha has been on a strong upward trend since 2005, winning 8 games in a row. The season record is 9th with 33 wins, 4 draws and 40 losses (as of the 10th). It’s a location.
Will Noh Si-hwan be able to lead Hanwha’s attack by showing his long hitting power in the future? This is also an essential element for the Eagle Corps, which dreams of advancing to fall baseball beyond the fierce competition for mid-ranking.