Foreign hitter Jason Martin (28, NC Dinos) started a ‘return’. It is expected that it will be a turning point that can change the atmosphere for NC, where the decline of the team’s batting line is prominent.
Martin participated in the 2nd group (Futures) game against the Lotte Giants held at Masan Baseball Stadium on the 3rd and digested three at-bats. Considering his physical condition, he played the ground as the designated hitter and recorded no hits and one walk in two at-bats. NC coach Kang In-kwon said, “I don’t think there are any symptoms of 안전놀이터 body awareness. (I watched the game myself) The timing didn’t look bad either.” Coach Kang personally checked Martin at Masan Baseball Stadium prior to the LG Twins home game held at NC Park in Changwon on the 3rd.
Martin was dropped from the first team on the 6th of last month. Micro damage to his right flank muscle was the problem. As the hiatus was longer than expected, NC lasted almost a month without a foreign hitter. Unfortunately, veteran Park Seok-min left due to injury, and the batting cycle of key players including Son Ah-seop, Park Min-woo, and Park Kun-woo declined, and the weight of the other line dropped. NC’s team batting average in the last 5 games is 0.219, and in the first 2 games played in May, it is 0.143 (9 hits in 63 at bats), which is the lowest in the league. The on-base percentage is also 0.194, which is the last.
This is why Martin’s comeback has become even more important. Last year, Martin played 129 games in Triple-A (Oklahoma City), a minor league affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and recorded a batting average of 0.285, 32 homers, and 107 RBIs. His strength is his one-hit extra-long hit, with Matt Davidson (32 home runs) tied for first place in home runs in the Pacific Coast League (PCL). He was sluggish in demonstration games (9 games, batting average 0.120), but expectations inside and outside the team are high. He even appeared as the fourth batter in the actual season opener. For NC, which has a weak fielder depth (player base), when Martin returns, the team management will be able to breathe to some extent.
First of all, Martin checks the condition of his flanks while playing defense in the Lotte 2nd team match on the 4th. Director Kang said, “I’m thinking of deciding (when to call up the 1st team) after seeing that.” If there are no major problems, he is expected to be able to return to the KIA Tigers for three consecutive home weekend matches.