Makoto Kadoki, 22, who hit the game-winning hit in the Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC) final, has signed a contract for next season for 31 million yen (about $270 million). The Yomiuri Giants announced on Monday that they have re-signed Kadoki for an increase of 22.6 million yen from 8.4 million yen (approximately $73.6 million).굿모닝토토 도메인
Kadoki had the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 10th inning of the APBC Baseball World Series against South Korea at the Tokyo Dome on April 19. With the bases loaded and two outs, he hit a single to left field to win the game 4-3. The first-year pro was selected to represent Korea and went 6-for-15 with a double and two RBIs. He was named to the tournament’s Best 9 as a second baseman and earned MVP honors.
South Korea scored a run in the top of the 10th inning of extra innings with the score tied 2-2. Yoon Dong-hee hit an RBI single to take the lead. However, they gave up two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to lose the title.
Yoon is a college rookie who was drafted with the 4th overall pick in the 2023 rookie draft. His primary position is shortstop, but he can play any position in the infield. In the APBC national team, he played second base instead of shortstop.
With his defense, he has changed the structure of the Yomiuri infield this season. He pushed Hayato Sakamoto (35), the starting shortstop for 10 years, out of the way to become the starting shortstop.
He seized the opportunity when Sakamoto fell into a severe slump early in the season. Even after Sakamoto’s return, the team’s signature hitter
He continued to play shortstop, second and third base. He dominated Sakamoto, who is in his mid-30s, on defense.
He was the only Yomiuri rookie to open the season with the first team and stayed with the first team all season. In 126 games, he batted .266 (83-for-316) with three home runs, 21 RBIs, 34 runs scored, and 11 stolen bases. He struggled with his bat in April and May, but gradually picked it up.
Kadawaki said, “Next year, I will do better than this year. I will aim for a third of the batting average, a fourth of the on-base percentage, the most walks in the team, and the Golden Glove.”
He invests his raise in himself. He will buy a lower body fatigue recovery product that he has been renting.
New manager Shinnosuke Abe (44) announces that Kadoki will be the starting shortstop next season. Sakamoto moves to third base, and captain and No. 4 hitter Kazuma Okamoto (27) moves from third to first base.
As he makes the jump to the leadoff spot, his jersey number changes from No. 35 to No. 5. This number is usually worn by home run hitters. Yomiuri’s single-digit number has been used by veteran starters. Sadaharu Oh’s number 1 and Shigeo Nagashima’s number 3 are permanent numbers.