The first season after returning from injury was successful.
Gu Chang-mo (27, NC Dinos), who took 1 year and 6 months off due to surgery and rehabilitation, returned to the first team mound on May 28. He announced his successful comeback with 5⅓ scoreless innings against the Changwon Doosan Bears. The final result this year was 11 wins and 5 losses in 19 games, 111⅔ innings, and an ERA of 2.10. He failed to fill the regulation innings, but he had a season like a ‘local ace’ with a double-digit multiplier and an earned run average in the early 2-point range.
The content was as good as the results. He had 11 quality starts (6 or more innings pitched, 3 earned runs or less) in 19 games. He was only placed on the injured list once on a break, and virtually completed the season full-time. Two years ago, after showing an overwhelming performance of 9 wins and undefeated in 13 games in the first half of the year, he left due to an injury, and after returning at the end of the season, he had enough to wash away the durability concerns caused by spending a long hiatus.
Koo Chang-mo’s commanding power showed off his power this season. 2.3 walks per 9 innings. His commanding power was even more pronounced thanks to his larger strike zone than last year. Although he does not have a fastball that goes over 150km, he has a good deception that hides the ball, so it was evaluated that it is not easy for 메이저사이트 opponent batters to catch the timing. Eui-ji Yang (35, Doosan), who received the ball from Chang-mo Koo in NC, said, “(Old) Chang-mo was a player with enough qualities to become the best player ever since I first came to NC. Now he has become a pitcher representing the KBO league. ( Park) I think I can win 20 times in the future by doing better with Sehyuk.”
Gu Chang-mo is considered a left-handed pitcher to succeed Kim Gwang-hyeon (34, SSG Landers) and Yang Hyeon-jong (34, KIA Tigers) in the KBO League. If there is no problem with his physical condition, there is a high possibility that he will be selected for the WBC (World Baseball Classic) team to be held in March next year. His international competition experience is all about participating in the 2017 Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC). If he makes good use of the control and deception he showed this year, he is expected to show sufficient competitiveness on the international stage.
Kim Gwang-hyun and Yang Hyeon-jong have emphasized the need for a generational change in the national team with unanimity. Both of the national team’s signature pitchers are now in their mid-30s. For the generational change, the role of young pitchers such as Koo Chang-mo, who is considered the next runner, Eui-ri Lee (20, KIA), Joon Sohn (21, KT Wiz), and Tae-in Won (22, Samsung Lions) are important.
Gu Chang-mo has been mentioned as the next member of the national team for several years. The boarding of Lee Kang-cheol is the stage that will determine whether or not that possibility is realized.