SSG Landers Choo Shin-soo (39) observed KT Wiz Ko Young-pyo’s pitch with hawk eyes. Choo Shin-soo, who had been training with a bright expression all day, stared at the ground with a look of laughter as the game began.
This is what Choo Shin-soo said after reporting the match against Ulsan KT on the 13th. SSG played two consecutive games against KT on the 13th and 14th, and came up to Daegu. Ko Young-pyo started the game on Wednesday and pitched three scoreless innings. Ko Young-pyo is the starting hidden card KT expects this year. He started the camp as a fifth-choice candidate, and his current momentum is ace-class.
Choo said, “In Major League Baseball, I know almost everything. The league itself is different now. I watched Ko Young-pyo throw carefully. “There are no pitchers in the U.S. who throw underneath,” he said.
Ko Young-pyo is a tall sidearm 187cm tall. Change-up is the deciding ball. The right-handed pitcher’s change-up is used by dropping it outward against the left-handed batter. Ko Young-pyo uses a sharp change-up that sinks from the middle to the bottom rather than a left and right corner walk. This year, it also has a curve.
In addition to Ko Young-pyo, there are many pitchers on the side in the KBO league. It is different from the Major League, where most orthodox pitchers are located.
Choo Shin-soo said, “I thought I was at bat and saw it. As soon as the ball came out of the hand, I tried to determine whether it was a strike or not. “I heard that my teammates come first and we can meet often during the season.”
When asked by reporters whether there was anything special, he answered with a smile. “I can’t tell you even if there is,” Choo said.
Ko Young-pyo has been confirmed to join the starting rotation. He has no runs in three consecutive practice games. KT manager Lee Kang-chul said, “I will be more nervous when the regular season starts, but I think I will get good results if I keep it. “Since we have improved our strength, we will win 10 games.”
Choo joined the team on the 11th. He started his first training session on the 13th. He also volunteered for additional training on Wednesday. They are busy trying to get their senses up quickly. In addition to physical training, he is also trying to recover the feeling that he can learn with his eyes as soon as possible.
Even when he was running toward winning mode, he clearly nailed the “Not For Sale” policy. NC Dinos infielder Park Joon-young (24), who all clubs coveted, is trying to bear the fruit of his wait step by step.
Last year, the NC Dinos did not miss the top spot in the regular season. However, the anxiety of the bullpen did not go away. He said he needed to reinforce the bullpen and diligently matched the card ahead of the trade deadline. In the end, he brought in Moon Kyung-chan, who had finished his trade with KIA.
NC matched trade cards with many teams in the negotiation process. However, the card, which includes Park Joon-young, refused at one word. Park Joon-young was a key prospect that the club cherished and a “never-sellable” resource. Any team is precious to infield resources that have completed their military service and have long batting power. In the end, NC gave up promising infield players Kim Tae-jin and pitcher Jang Hyun-sik in the trade. Kim Tae-jin was also a formidable bleeder for NC, but Park Joon-young did not want to let him go.
Park’s performance is still insignificant. He joined the 스포츠중계 club in 2016 with the first nomination. Both of them were talented. His first choice was a pitcher and he received the attention of manager Kim Kyung-moon, who was the head coach at the time. The player who took one shot was a rookie who projected manager Kim Kyung-moon’s tenacity to give him a chance until he collapsed on his own. He played 12 games in the first month of his debut season, and seemed to be writing the myth of success of a rookie pitcher with a one-loss, three-hold ERA of 3.27. However, he went downhill gradually and underwent elbow ligament surgery in September 2016. After completing his rehabilitation, he finished his military service as a social service worker in 2018, and decided to change his mind to a batter in the process.
It’s like taking a step back to typing. However, in last year’s Futures League, he hit .295 with four home runs and 33 RBIs in 55 games (59 hits in 200 at-bats) and showed the possibility of OPS .816. However, adapting to the first team was another problem. In the first division last year, he had only three RBIs and one steal without a home run with a batting average of .152 in 32 games (7 hits in 46 at-bats). He often played games mainly due to his big budget, and there were many vain results even when he occasionally entered the batter’s box.