‘KBO MVP → Japan’s poor performance, exit → victory’… Unusual start, batting average explodes to .500, ‘Signal of revival’

Mel Rojas Jr., who played for KT Wiz, is continuing his active career in the Dominican Republic.

Rojas, who entered the Korean stage with KT’s hand in 2017, has been very active since his first year of debut. Rojas, who began playing in the KBO League in June as a substitute, had a soft landing with a batting average of 0.301, 18 home runs, and 56 RBIs in 83 games.메이저사이트

And his contract was successfully renewed. In 2018, his first full season, he exploded with a batting average of 0.305, 43 home runs, and 114 RBI in 144 games. In 2019, Rojas, who had a batting average of 0.322, 24 home runs, and 104 RBIs, contributed to KT’s first .500 winning percentage since its founding and won the Golden Glove Award in the outfield category.

He won the league in 2020, his 4th season with KT. He appeared in 142 games and recorded a batting average of 0.349, 47 home runs, and 135 RBI, winning the home run king and the RBI king. And he even won the regular season MVP.

In this way, Rojas became the best foreign hitter in KT’s history. He performed well in 511 games over four seasons, with a batting average of 0.321 (633 hits in 1971 at-bats), 132 home runs, and 409 RBI.

As LOHAS achieved good results, Japan also showed interest. Roxas’ heart also moved. He moved to the Hanshin Tigers of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) on a two-year, $5.5 million contract.

However, he did not perform as well as he did in Korea. He parted ways with a shabby record of 0.220 batting average, 17 home runs, and 48 RBI in 149 games over two seasons.

Rojas, who failed to renew his contract with Hanshin, attempted to make a comeback in the Dominican Republic Winter League. He played for Res del Riese in 15 games in the 2022-2023 season and recorded a batting average of 0.156 (7 hits in 45 at-bats), 1 home run, and 3 RBIs. In particular, he hit a walk-off hit in the final series and led the team to victory.

The team is the same this year as well. With the season starting in October, Rojas has been flying high from the beginning of the season. He is playing very well in 5 games with a batting average of 0.533 (8 hits in 15 at-bats), 1 home run, 4 RBIs, an on-base percentage of 0.600, and an OPS of 1.533. He is showing clear signs of resurgence.

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