‘KBO release → Mexico → NPB re-employment’ Foreign hitter, batting average in the 10% → 2nd run… another release crisis
- on May 26, 2023
Almonte, a foreign player who re-entered the Japanese professional baseball through the Mexican League after being released from the KBO League, was again in danger of being kicked out. He was demoted to the 2nd team with a batting average of 10%.
Almonte has a turbulent career. He recently played in different leagues every year: Japan-Korea-Dominican Republic-Mexico-Japan. Almonte played for KT Wiz in the KBO League in the 2021 season and was kicked out during the season. At that time, Almonte’s performance was a batting average of .271, 7 homers and 36 RBIs in 60 games. He wasn’t that bad, but he was replaced because he had many regrets in defense and running.
Previously, Almonte played three seasons for Chunichi in Japan from 2018 to 2020. In 2020, he recorded a batting average of 2.9, 4.9, 9 homers, 31 RBIs, and an OPS of .848 in 62 games. KT recruited Al Monte, who had experience in Asian baseball, as a mid-to-long-distance hitter with accuracy, but he did not live up to expectations.
Almonte, who was released from KT, played in the Dominican Winter League in the winter of 2021 and signed a contract with Monterrey in the Mexican League in 2022. In the hitter-friendly Mexican league, Almonte played in 90 games and had a batting average of 3.22, 27 homers, 95 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.044. Japan’s Chunichi re-recruited Almonte ahead of the 2023 season.
Almonte, who returned to Nippon Professional Baseball after three years, was completely different from before. He didn’t fit in well at the beginning of the season. In 28 games, he fell into a slump with a batting average of 1.8, 9 runs, 1 home run, 14 RBIs, and an OPS of .468. He was silent in scoring position, going 2-for-16 (.125 batting average).먹튀검증
In mid-May, he was pushed as a bench member and went on a business trip, and on the 22nd, he was canceled from the first team entry. In the game against Yomiuri on the 21st, it was the last at-bat for the 1st team to strike out as a pinch hit in the 5th inning with 2nd out and 1st and 2nd bases.
Meanwhile, Almonte is recording 4 hits in 18 at-bats in 5 games in the 2nd team and a batting average of .222.