Kiwoom Heroes new foreign hitter Ronnie Dawson, newly recruited after putting an end to his accompany with Edison Russell, is expected to start as soon as he enters the country on the night of the 21st and is registered in the first team on the 22nd.바카라사이트
Kiwoom released Russell on the 13th. Russell, who wore a Kiwoom uniform in 2020, played in 65 games and recorded 62 hits, 2 homers, 31 RBIs, 22 points, a batting average of 0.254 OPS and 0.653, and took off the uniform before the season was over. As he was a key player in the World Series (WS) victory of the Chicago Cubs, he had high expectations, but his performance fell short of expectations.
After breaking up with Kiwoom, Russell, who played in the Mexican League, came into contact with Kiwoom once again prior to this season, and in 59 games, he recorded 63 hits, 4 homers, 42 RBIs, 59 runs, a batting average of 0.286 OPS of 0.739, and showed better results than his first season in the KBO League. However, he suffered a wrist injury at the end of the first half and broke away from the front line, and after showing no signs of getting better over time, he tasted the bitter taste of being released again.
After breaking up with Russell, Kiwoom moved quickly. At the same time Kiwoom announced the release of Russell, he recruited Ronnie Dawson, who was playing in the American independent league. The total contract size is 85,000 dollars (approximately 110 million won). Ko Hyeong-wook, general manager of Kiwoom, revealed the background of the recruitment of Dawson, saying, “In order to rebound in the second half, it is necessary to increase scoring production through various attack routes, so we strategically replaced him.”
Dawson was nominated by the Houston Astros with the 61st overall pick in the 2nd round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft, and in 2022 with the Cincinnati Reds for two seasons, 4 games, 8 at-bats, a batting average of 0.125. In the minor leagues, he recorded a batting average of 0.247 with 581 hits and 72 home runs in six seasons in his career, and this year in Lexington, an independent league, he scored 70 hits and 13 home runs with a batting average of 0.282.
More than a week has passed since signing a contract with Kiwoom on the 13th, but Dawson has yet to set foot on Korean soil. The reason is the issue of visa issuance. However, even this will soon be resolved, and it is expected that Dawson will be able to see Dawson wearing Kiwoom’s uniform soon. According to Kiwoom officials, Dawson is expected to enter the country on the night of the 21st and be registered in the first group on the 22nd.
Prior to the resignation Lotte game on the 21st, coach Hong Won-ki was asked, “Is Dawson scheduled to register tomorrow (22nd)?”, “Dawson came to Korea (a few days ago) and did simple training at the 2nd Army Stadium. I don’t think there’s a need for a big confirmation process because I’ve been through it. Once I enter the country today, I’m going to register tomorrow.”
Dawson’s strength is that he is quick on his feet, and despite being a foreign player, he can bet on various strategies. Coach Hong Won-ki explained, “I didn’t watch many videos, but I judged stealing, running, defense, attack, and shoulder above average.
If there are no major problems after entering Busan on the 21st, Dawson is expected to be registered on the 22nd and start playing immediately. The command tower added, “First of all, I think I will have to think about what Dawson did the most for one more day and draw up a lineup tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, Kiwoom, which finished the first half with 7 consecutive losses, registered Kim Dong-hyuk, Kim Dong-heon, Lee Won-seok, and Kim Byung-hui prior to the game, Lee Hyeong-jong (right fielder) – Kim Hye-seong (2nd baseman) – Lee Jung-hoo (center fielder) – Lee Won-seok (designated hitter) – Song Seong-moon (3rd baseman) – Lee Ji-young (catcher) – Kim Soo-hwan (1st baseman) – Kim Joo-hyung (shortstop) – Kim Jun-wan (left fielder) formed a starting lineup.