“I don’t often say things like this to the director, but he even said, ‘I will try to make a rookie king’.”
Jang Seong-woo (34), who led KT Wiz’s first overall victory, received a pitcher’s ball during last year’s spring camp and strongly expressed his opinion toward manager Lee Kang-cheol. Jang Seong-woo said, “I usually underestimate rookie pitchers. But I don’t talk about this to the manager, but I saw the ball and said, ‘I will make you a rookie.'” It’s late, but I gradually showed what I had in the second half, and it continues until this year.” 메이저놀이터
Park Young-hyeon (20), who graduated from Yushin High School last year and joined as the first choice, wore a professional uniform, leaving a deep impression on coach Lee Kang-cheol as well as the veteran hostess. Last year, he went through a period of adaptation to the professional stage, but he received moderate support from the second half, leaving a record of 3.66 ERA with 1 loss and 2 holds without winning in 52 games. Then he hit an ‘accident’ going into the postseason.
He won the save with 2 innings, 1 strikeout, and no run perfect in the game against Kiwoom in the second round of the semi-playoff last year. Coach Lee Kang-cheol’s bold decision and then-rookie Park Young-hyeon’s bold pitching came as the result of the youngest ever save (19 years and 6 days) in postseason history.
Park Young-hyun grew a handful in the second year. No, he was over the moon. Park Young-hyeon has grown into the core Pil Seung-jo that coach Lee Kang-cheol trusts the most this year. Park Young-hyun praises him whenever he has time. He definitely stepped up this year with a record of 26 games, 1 win, 2 losses, and an ERA of 2.43 with 10 holds. In his last 6 against Sajik Lotte, he recorded his first 10 hold in his debut. Thanks to Park Young-hyeon, even when former pitchers Pil Seung-jo, such as Ju Kwon Kim Min-soo, joined the season late due to injuries, they did not break down anymore.
Manager Lee Kang-cheol said, “If you show nervousness, you can’t put it into an important situation. You’ve shown that since last year, and last year’s postseason 2 inning save will have helped a lot.” I’ve made up my mind to become,” he praised Park Young-hyun sparingly.
This is Park Young-hyun, who should be the future pillar of the KT pitching staff. The club’s pitching staff plan now has no choice but to be centered around Park Young-hyun. The Hangzhou Asian Games team selection is the starting point of KT’s plan. Among the players under the age of 25 and under the age of 4, Park Young-hyun is the only pitcher who is showing off his overwhelming appearance as a winning group. Since he is leading the pitching staff with a strong heart at the age of two years, the qualification of the Taegeuk mark has been sufficiently proven.
Jang Seong-woo emphasized, “I talked with the coach, but I think (Park) Young-hyun should be included in the Asian Games national team in terms of current grades and various aspects.”
However, Jang Seong-wu did not forget the whipping. He said, “A while ago, Younghyun gave an interview saying he wanted to throw 155 km. So, whenever I make eye contact with me, I get scolded.” He said, “The good thing about Younghyun is that all low and fast balls look like balls, but when you catch them, they are all strikes. From a batter’s point of view, it is similar to Na Kyun-an (Lotte)’s ball. Like a low ball. “You can see it, but it comes into the zone. Younghyun should be able to throw such a ball consistently. He is not yet a pitcher with a good changeup, so he needs to make use of his fastball more so that he can use the breaking ball powerfully.”
Pitcher trainers, coaches, and winning catchers all recommend it. Park Young-Hyun’s Taegeuk mark dream is also growing.