As spring camp entered the third week, pitchers began to digest live pitching and actual pitching. The KIA Tigers 5 selection competition was also ignited in earnest. 바카라
KIA, which is in its first camp at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, USA, will start an evaluation match in earnest from next week. It uses the same facilities as the World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team, and there are also NC Dinos in the Tucson area. The national team on the 19th, and the NC on the 21st and 22nd.
The selection has been confirmed for two foreign players, Sean Anderson and Adonis Medina, as well as ace Yang Hyeon-jong and Lee Eui-ri. Coach Kim Jong-guk said that right-handed sidearm pitcher Lim Ki-young, left-handed swingman Kim Ki-hoon, and rookie pitcher Yoon Young-cheol will compete for the remaining starter spot. The three candidates enter the starting lineup instead of Yang Hyeon-jong and Lee Eui-ri and digest the actual game.
The most advanced pitcher is Lim Ki-young. His self-esteem must have been hurt just by competing with the other two pitchers. From the 2017 season, he played full-time selection, and in the 2021 season, he filled the regular innings and led the team selection team in the season when Yang Hyeon-jong left to advance to the American stage. Last season (2022) also suffered 13 losses (4 wins), but I can’t help but mention that there was no toxic win.
Nevertheless, the fact that he is a ‘candidate’ for the 5th starter also means that he has not been able to secure a seat. Last season, he also competed with Han Seung-hyuk, and thanks to the injury of a foreign player, he was able to re-enter the starting lineup. The ability to manage the game is not bad, but there is an evaluation that the power to overwhelm the opponent batter is poor.
Kim Ki-hoon was the first nomination prospect in 2019. It is a timber that former national team coach Seon Dong-yeol admired after watching the spring camp training. He enlisted (Sangmu Baseball Team) without showing much success on the stage of the first team in the 2019/2020 season, but he also did not waste 18 months. He digested the starting rotation in the Futures League, and his pitching improved. In fact, after returning to the team in September of last year, he lost 9 in a row and sent a lot of energy to KIA, which was in a crisis of defending 5th place. As he joined the bullpen, the mound operation became more breathable after the 6th inning.
It is known that the player prefers starting pitchers. He is also good at digesting innings. He is a pitcher who cannot but give a chance in the command tower position. However, if Kim Ki-hoon is not selected as a starter, there is a concern about giving the bullpen a player to play the role of a swingman. It is difficult for setup man Hyunsik Jang to join in the first month of the opening due to elbow surgery and rehabilitation treatment. Several factors are likely to be considered.
Rookie left-handed pitcher Yoon Young-cheol, who was nominated as the second overall pick in September last year, is also receiving good reviews. The coaching staff who watched the bullpen pitching are pouring in praise. His control and breaking ball perfection were particularly well received. A winning lottery ticket that has not yet been scratched.
The anxiety factor is also experience. 2020 season rookie So Joon So (KT Wiz) 2021 season rookie king Eui-ri Lee (KIA Tigers) has already been recognized for his extraordinary qualities early enough to be dropped as a starting pitcher from the beginning of spring camp. Yoon Young-cheol is not a fast pitcher (based on a four-seam fastball). Even in the 2021 season, the ‘technical group’ Kim Jin-wook (Lotte Giants), who was evaluated as a super rookie, fell short of expectations.
The three pitchers have clear strengths and weaknesses. This competition secures a reserve pick and can also strengthen the bullpen.