I ran while noticing, but ‘first’ since Lee Jung-hoo… KIA Kim Do-young “I will run more boldly”
Despite this, he set the first record since Lee Jung-hoo (25, Kiwoom). Kim Do-young (20, KIA), who proved his all-time potential with this alone, promised the future king of stealing with a bolder run.
During his time at Dongseong High School in Gwangju, Kim Do-young drew attention as a 5-tool player to the extent that he received an offer from the major leagues. He was called the second Lee Jong-beom, receiving an evaluation from former general manager Jo Gye-hyeon, saying, “A shortstop with offense, defense, and land has come out in our region.”
Lee Jong-beom is a 5-tool player who excelled in all aspects, but his running base was particularly dominant, as his nickname ‘Son of the Wind’ and his record of 510 stolen bases (2nd all-time in the KBO) indicate. Kim Doyoung also resembled Lee Jongbeom in that respect. Even at the time of high school, where physical growth had not yet been completed, his speed and agility were already overwhelming enough to reach from home to first base in 3.96 seconds.
His overwhelming speed was also proven on his professional stage. Last year, Kim Do-young had a batting average of 0.237 (53 hits in 224 at-bats) in 103 games, an on-base percentage of 0.312 and a slugging percentage of 0.362, but her batting performance was somewhat poor, but she stole the opponent’s base 13 times even with few on-base. He failed only 3 of 16 attempts (81.3% success rate) and even managed to steal third base once먹튀검증. It is the first time since high school graduate rookie Lee Jung-hoo stole 12 bases in his debut season in 2017.
However, this was not a 100% performance of my skills. On the 16th (Korean time), at the KIA 1st spring camp in progress at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, USA, Doyoung Kim carefully revealed the story behind, “Honestly, I noticed a lot last year. So there were many cases where I couldn’t run in a situation where I could run.” .
It is all the more surprising when you recall that he entered the season without proper running training as he could not participate in the spring camp due to an injury last year. This is because it is an achievement achieved only with pure physical talent. Of course, there was also help from coach Jae-Young Cho (43), a teacher who produced KBO stolen kings for two consecutive years, such as Kim Hye-seong (24, Kiwoom) in 2021 and Park Chan-ho (28, KIA) in 2022.
Regarding the achievement of stealing 13 bases, Kim Do-young showed a humble appearance, saying, “Honestly, I didn’t do anything well. Coach Jae-young Cho taught me how to attack the opposing pitcher, so I think I was able to run easily and comfortably. That’s why I’m very grateful to the coach.” He continued, “This year, when the situation arises, I plan to run more boldly. Coach Jae-young Cho said, ‘Now that you’re a pro, let’s run while thinking about it.’
To steal a lot of bases, getting more bases is a priority, and before that, playing in many games as a starting fielder is a priority. So, for Kim Do-young, who has not yet secured a starting position, the King Do-ru is still a long way off. But he never gave up on that dream.
Kim Do-young expressed his strong aspirations, saying, “Rather than aiming for the steal king, I think I will have to go to many matches. This year, I said I wanted to quickly settle down in the first team, but if that plan goes well, I want to aim for the steal king as well.”