The hitter who has recently received the most attention in the major leagues is Masataka Yoshida (30‧ Boston). This is because he overcame the sluggishness at the beginning of the season and has been leading Boston’s uptrend by wielding a fire bat recently.
His sluggish performance at the beginning of the season brought suspicion. Until April 19 (Korean time), the batting average for the season was only 0.167. He showed patience at the plate and a pioneering eye, but that was all. didn’t really yield any results. There were too many ground balls, and his batting average plummeted as the ball got stuck in the infield.
However, once the ball starts to hit the bat, he is terrifyingly hitting hits. Yoshida batted .438 in 16 games from April 20-8. He hit in all 16 games, a record that currently stands at the top of the major leagues. During this period, he hit 28 hits, including 10 extra-base hits (5 doubles and 5 home runs) with doubles or more. His OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) is 1.229.
Even so, it is a godly bat. Exclamations come out when you see the right-hander’s ball pulled out and sent to the left or center. There is no other hitter like him as he even hits a long hit, regardless of left or right. There is a reason why Boston invested a total of about 105.4 million dollars (about 139.3 billion won) in Yoshida for 5 years, including the amount of posting. 스포츠토토
In fact, there was a lot of controversy over ‘overpay’ until Boston recruited Yoshida. It’s clear he’s a player with good hitting, but criticism has been that he’s not worth the $100 million or more. There was also a skeptical view that it would not be easy to create long hits even if the batting average came out to some extent. But Boston believed in Yoshida’s hitting ability.
Then why did the other teams filter out Yoshida? According to multiple media reports, the battle for Yoshida’s recruitment was not that hot, and the theory so far has been that Boston paid too much for it compared to other teams’ proposals. In summary, Boston saw Yoshida’s strengths, and other teams were too obsessed with Yoshida’s weaknesses.