This season, Gwak Bin (23, Doosan), who once stood second to Golden Glove winner Ahn Woo-jin (23, Kiwoom), completely shook off his shoulder injury. After regaining 100% physical condition, his next goal is to join the adult national team for the first time in his life.
In a recent interview with OSEN, Kwak Bin said, “I shook off all of his shoulder pain. He said, “From next week, he is preparing to throw the ball in earnest.”
Kwak Bin finally came out of the egg this year in his 5th year as a pro. Even in the first half, he could not fix his chronic difficulty in pitching, but in the second half, he played the role of an ace, showing a drastic change with an average ERA of 2.98 and 5 wins and 2 losses in 11 games. In particular, for two months from August to September, he boasted a sense of stability with an average ERA of 2.29 with an average ERA of 5 wins and 1 loss in 8 games by spraying four-seam fastballs with a maximum speed of 155 km, which became a control. Former manager Kim Tae-hyeong praised Kwak Bin at the time, saying, “The ball is the second best starting resource after An Woo-jin.”
At the end of the season, Kwak-Bin complained of minor shoulder pain and trained and rehabilitated in the finishing camp recovery group. His injuries were not serious, but since he had dreamed of playing for the national team since joining the pros, even minor injuries in the offseason came as extreme stress. In the middle of rehabilitation, he had to worry about participating in the tournament as the MLB World Tour Team Korea roster was confirmed. However, the MLB World Tour Korea Series was canceled, and Kwak Bin focused on rehabilitation and regained his physical condition.
Kwak Bin said, “On the one hand, it was fortunate that the MLB World Tour was canceled. He’s already fully recovered, but he has a little more time to get back in shape and throw the ball. I think I will fully recover before the WBC,” he sighed in relief. 안전놀이터
Kwak Bin, who was a top-notch prospect at Baemyeong High School, received the first nomination for Doosan in 2018, but underwent an elbow ligament joint surgery in October of the first year, and took a break from the 2019 and 2020 seasons as the rehabilitation was longer than expected. But now there is no more sore spot. He threw 155km fastballs freely this year, proving his talent in the first nomination. Attention is focusing on whether his aspiration for the Taegeuk mark will be realized in March next year. Kwak Bin expressed his aspirations, saying, “I really want to go to the WBC by working hard.”