Clutch left-handed hitting and defensive versatility…not for the faint of heart.
“Normally, it’s three and a half dollars”.
The Lotte Giants’ new outfielder Rico Goodrum, 31, has made his presence felt by showing off his clutch ability. He’s still batting in the double digits after one week of action, but his manager has high hopes that he’s producing strong at-bats.
Goodrum recorded a multi-hit game in Gwangju against the KIA Tigers on April 28, swiping four bases. The left-handed switch-hitter led the way with a series of long balls and runs-scoring hits. The team lost 5-6, but Goodrum’s work ethic was on display.
Starting at third base, Goodrum hit a grounder to shortstop in the first inning. But in the top of the third inning, trailing 0-3 and with the bases loaded, he crushed a slider to right-center field off KIA starter Lee Yi-ri. It was the game-winning double from the right field seats.
In the sixth, he led off with a walk and stole his second base. The next batter, No. 4 Jeon Jun-woo, singled but was stranded at second. In the eighth inning, with runners on first and second, Jeon lightly pushed a pitch from Jeon Sang-hyun for a three-run double. It was a run-scoring hit to make it 4-6.
It was the most RBIs in his first seven games in the league. It was his second multi-hit game after going 3-for-4 with two RBIs against Doosan on May 25. Singled to left field with runners on second and third in the seventh inning. Wearing black, full-rimmed glasses, he was not a casual full hitter, but his ability to connect with pitches on the right track stood out.
He started at shortstop and later moved to third base. His ability to play all positions in the infield showed off his multiplayer skills. In an earlier game, he also played left field. Provided versatility on defense.
In seven games so far, he’s 27-for-32 with seven doubles, two triples, a home run, six RBIs, and a .745 OPS. It’s not honorable mention quality yet. He’s also struck out seven times. He still needs time to adjust to the league’s pitchers, who are good at throwing strikes and not giving up good pitches.
Manager Larry Sutton said of his one-week evaluation, “He looked good at the plate. Regardless of the pitch, he makes contact with his changeup or fastball. He’s hitting 3-for-5, 3-for-6 on pitches in front of the plate. He’s a switch hitter, which gives us flexibility in the lineup,” he said, giving him a passing grade as a hitter.
“I can play any position in the infield. He says he’s comfortable in the middle infield, at shortstop and second base, but he’s also good at third base. It gives us a lot of defense. If the other infielders are resting, she can step in. He’s a great addition to the team.” 스포츠토토