Professional Baseball August MVP Competition… KT Mound vs KIA Bat Composition
KT Park Young-hyun and Cuevas, KIA Na Seong-beom and Park Chan-ho are August MVP candidates
In the professional baseball August Most Valuable Player (MVP) competition, the confrontation between the KT Wiz mound and the KIA Tigers bat stands out.
Korea Baseball Organization
On the 4th, the Korea Baseball Organization announced eight MVP candidates for the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League August, including Park Young-hyun, William Cuevas (KT), Na Seong-beom, and Park Chan-ho (KIA).
Park Young-hyun and Cuevas led KT’s leap to second place in the league as a bullpen and starter, respectively. 스포츠토토
Second-year pitcher Park Young-hyun recorded 10 holds and 3 saves in 15 games in August.
With 28 holds this season, she overtook Noh Kyung-eun (SSG Landers, 22) and is leading the category.
Cuevas earned a quality start plus (within 3 earned runs in 7 or more innings as a starter) and wins in all 5 games he appeared in in August.
Cuevas, who has a monthly ERA of 0.50 (1st place) and 37 strikeouts (2nd place), has accumulated 8 wins of the season without a loss and is looking to achieve a ‘100% winning rate + 10 wins’.
KIA Na Seong-beom and Park Chan-ho led the team to the semifinals with their hot hitting skills.
Outfielder Na Seong-beom recorded multiple hits (two or more hits per game) 11 times in 22 games in August,
recording a batting average of 0.376 (32 hits in 85 at-bats).
He also ranked high in major indicators, including 3rd in home runs (5), 3rd in RBIs (22), and 2nd in slugging percentage (0.647).
Infielder Park Chan-ho ranked 5th in batting average (0.382), 3rd in on-base percentage (0.466), 2nd in scoring (22), and tied for 5th in stolen bases (6).
In addition, prominent candidates entered the MVP race.
Aaron Wilkerson, the new foreign pitcher for the Lotte Giants,
ranked first in strikeouts (39) and second in ERA (1.43)
was included in the candidate list just one month after his transfer.
Ja-wook Koo of the Samsung Lions ranked second in batting average (0.412) and showed off his slugging power by hitting doubles in four consecutive games,
ranking first in slugging percentage (0.671) and tied for fourth in home runs (4).
38-year-old shortstop Kim Jae-ho (Doosan Bears) recorded the highest batting average (0.435)
with 27 hits in 62 at-bats along with an 11-game hitting streak.
He also has the highest on-base percentage (0.538).
July’s MVP, Noh Si-hwan (Hanwha Eagles), challenged to win the MVP title for two consecutive months by posting the most home runs (8) and RBIs (24).
The August monthly MVP will be selected by combining fan votes and Korean Baseball Reporters Association reporters’ votes
held on Shinhan Bank’s mobile application Shinhan SOL from this day to the 8th.
The final results will be revealed on the 11th, and the winner will receive a prize of 2 million won.
In addition, a donation of 2 million won will be delivered to the winner’s middle school in the player’s name.