‘Illuminate the future of the Korean mound’… People from the WBC aspiring Rookie of the Year
- on Feb 16, 2023
온라인카지노 Korean baseball is also facing the task of ‘generational change’ in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC).
The most reliable pitchers in the WBC national team pitching team are Kim Gwang-hyun (SSG Landers) and Yang Hyeon-jong (KIA Tigers), who are considered the best left-handers in Korea.
There is also a saying ‘Kim Kwang-hyun or Yang Hyeon-jong again’, but it is also a disprove that there are no juniors who can surpass them.
Kim Gwang-hyun and Yang Hyeon-jong are already in their mid-thirties. I am 35 years old this year. It is uncertain whether they will be able to board the national team in the next international competition.
Through this WBC, Korea needs to find a lumber that will lead the mound in future international competitions.
KT Wiz coach Lee Kang-cheol, who leads the WBC team, and the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) Technical Committee also selected a large number of potential young guns for the pitching staff with this in mind.
Eui-ri Lee (KIA), born in 2002, So-Jun Sohn (KT Wiz), born in 2001, Yoon-Sik Kim (LG Twins), born in 2000, Bin Kwak, Cheol-Won Jeong (Doosan Bears) and Woo-Young Jung (LG), Woo-Seok Ko (LG), born in 1998; Koo Chang-mo (NC Dinos), born in 1997, was selected for the national team.
It is a composition that reads the idea that Kim Gwang-hyun and Yang Hyeon-jong, who have not only skills but also rich experience, will take the center stage and help young players grow while receiving know-how.
Among the expected young guns, there is also a rookie king from 2019 to 2022. They are Jung Woo-young (2019), So-jun So (2020), Lee Eui-ri (2021), and Jeong Cheol-won (2022).
Last year, the 4th year of his professional debut, Jung Woo-young rose to the league’s top bullpen pitcher.
Jung Woo-young, who was nominated by LG with the 15th overall ranking in the second round of the second round in 2019, recorded 4 wins, 6 losses, 1 save and 16 holds, and an average ERA of 3.72 in the first year of his debut, winning the Rookie of the Year title that year.
Jung Woo-young, who continued to grow by harvesting 20 holds in 2020 and 27 holds in 2021, recorded an average ERA of 2.64 with 2 wins, 3 losses and 35 holds last year, becoming the hold king. Along with closer pitcher Ko Woo-seok, he added strength to LG to have the best bullpen in the league.
Joon Sohn, who started his pro career after receiving the first nomination from KT in 2020, achieved an outstanding record of 13 wins and 6 losses with an ERA of 3.86 in the first year of his debut and won the Rookie of the Year title.
In 2021, there were ups and downs, such as winning 7 wins due to poor physical strength, but So-Jun Sohn boasted a further growth with 13 wins, 6 losses and an average ERA of 3.05 in 27 games last year.
In 2021, which was somewhat sluggish, he did not get on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic team, but based on last year’s performance, he succeeded in putting the Taegeuk mark in this WBC.
Eui-ri Lee joined KIA after receiving the first nomination in 2021, and from the first year of his debut, he took a place in the starting lineup. Eui-ri Lee, who recorded 4 wins, 5 losses and an ERA of 3.61 in 19 games that year, became the protagonist of the Rookie of the Year. It has been 36 years since Lee Soon-chul in 1985 as the ‘Tigers Rookie of the Year’.
Eui-ri Lee played as a full-time starter last year, his second year as a pro, and posted a record of 10 wins and 10 losses with an earned run average of 3.86. Although he had his ups and downs, he achieved his first double-digit multiplier in his debut by increasing his breaking pitch and improving his perfection.
Jeong Cheol-won, who appeared like a comet last year, was also called up to the national team.
Jeong Cheol-won, who was nominated by Doosan in the 20th place in the 2nd round of the 2nd round in 2018, went through twists and turns, such as being converted to a foster player, before stepping on the stage for the first time last year, the 5th year of joining the team.
Until the start of the 2022 season, he was not considered a first-team power, but Jeong Cheol-won, who made his first-team debut in early May, stood out and entered the Pilseung group. Last year, Jeong Cheol-won, who had an impressive record of 4 wins, 3 losses, 23 holds, 3 saves and an ERA of 3.10, became the rookie of the year, and even enjoyed the joy of being selected for the national team.
Joon So-jun and Eui-ri Lee are players who have been expected to be the next generation Korean aces from the time they joined. For them, this WBC is a great opportunity to prove that they are the ‘next-generation ace lumber’.
It is the first time for an adult national team, but So Joon So-jun is expected to show off his strong side in a particularly large game. In 2020, when he was a high school graduate rookie, he made a surprise starter in the first game of the playoffs, the first postseason game founded by KT, and boasted a strong heart
Eui-ri Lee is already highly anticipated to wear the Taegeuk mark for the second time following the Tokyo Olympics. He made two starts at the Tokyo Olympics, recording 9 hits (2 home runs) and 5 runs in 10 innings.
Jung Woo-young and Jung Cheol-won are also expected to grow into key resources for the future Korean bullpen. This is the first time both of them have been selected for the senior national team.
The determination of the rookie kings is different.
Eui-ri Lee did not hide his desire for the WBC this time, saying, “It is not that seniors step aside, but we can grow only when we try to surpass our seniors. That’s how Korean baseball can develop.”
Jung Woo-young said to coach Lee Kang-cheol, “You can let me go to the whole game,” and promised, “I will dedicate this body to the country.”
When asked about his determination for the WBC, Cheol-Won Jeong boldly said, “I will win and come back” without delay, and Joon Sohn also made up his mind, “I will do my best on the mound and throw my high.”