From child members to players. The baseball boy who grew up dreaming while watching Hanwha wore an orange uniform. The main character is Kim Hae-chan (19), a promising Uta player.
Kim Hae-chan was nominated by Hanwha with the 41st overall pick in the 5th round in the 2023 KBO Rookie Draft held in September of last year. Hanhwa, a team related to the lack of right-handed long hitters in the outfield, selected Kim Hae-chan, who showed the quality of a big hitter by playing as the 4th hitter since his freshman year at Daejeon High School.
Kim Hae-chan recorded a batting average of 3.57 (35 hits in 98 at-bats), 4 homers, 26 RBIs, 6 walks and 13 strikeouts in 25 high school baseball games last year. Along with Park Han-gyul of Gyeongbuk High School, who was nominated by NC as the 14th overall pick in the second round, he was evaluated as a noteworthy outfielder among right-handed outfielders.
To Haechan Kim, who grew up in Daejeon, Hanwha is his hometown team. He said, “When I was young, I was a member of the Hanwha Eagles. His father liked baseball, so he came to like baseball as he often followed him to Daejeon Stadium,” he recalled.
Kim Hae-chan, who entered the path of a baseball player like that, entered the pros as a Hanwha player like fate. Kim Hae-chan, who now dreams of becoming a Hanwha franchise star, said, “I want to do well at Hanwha for a long time without moving the team.”
Kim Hae-chan, who has been training at the rookie camp in Seosan since last month, said, “The schedule is the same, but the coaches change every week, so I learn a lot. I am training to build the basics solidly. Also, 70% of exercise time is weight. Originally, I have good strength, but I continue to lift weights to maximize my strengths.” 안전놀이터
Although he is a long hitter, his strength is that he does not strike out many times. His speed isn’t fast, but his arm is strong, so he can be used in outfield defense. He said, “I want to reduce strikeouts by supplementing the starting pitching plan. He said, “I will pay attention to the on-base rate.” He wants to develop a sense of overall stability in defense.”
Kim Hae-chan, who also had a relationship with Hanwha outfielder Noh Soo-gwang, who had winter training in Jeju Island during his middle school days, said, “I learned a lot from my senior at that time and it was helpful. Even when I come to Hanwha, many seniors help me by saying a word. I want to learn a lot from seniors Jung Eun-won and Roh Si-hwan, who settled in the first team not long after joining.”
As the pitcher he wants to face in the pro, he picked Jung Woo-young (LG), a top-notch sidearm. “I was weak against sidearm pitchers in high school. I want to make up for my weaknesses while dealing with Jung Woo-young, the fastest sidearm senior.