Will Korea also be born with a ‘double sword’ like Shohei Otani, or will a promising player fail to overcome the pro wall and become frustrated
? He declared that he would develop into a starting pitcher who can play.
Jang Jae-young was a player who received attention from the major leagues when he recorded a 3.20 ERA in 59⅓ innings with a fastball in the middle and late 150km during his time at Deoksu High School. In addition, he hit well with a power heater at bat, showing off his natural talent with a batting average of 0.350 (28 hits in 80 at-bats), 3 homers, 26 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.105.
Jang Jae-young, who joined Kiwoom with a down payment of 900 million won, the second highest ever for a rookie, chose a pitcher to focus on one position, as most players do. It was clear that he was an attractive gemstone that could easily be thrown over 150km, but he was always anxious about his pitch. Over the past two years after joining his professional team, he has not been able to achieve remarkable results with an average ERA of 8.53 in 33 games and 1 loss.
Why did Kiwoom offer him a double job as a pitcher when he couldn’t show off his skills properly? Director Hong Won-ki said, 토토사이트 “He is giving the opportunity to step into the plate in order to renew the atmosphere.”
In fact, Jang Jae-young worked as a pitcher in Geelong Korea of the Australian Professional Baseball League (ABL) last winter and saw results. Although he went 0-for-6 at bat, he showed an upgraded appearance on the mound. As a starter for Geelong, he went 1-3 with a 3.30 earned run average with 9 walks and 37 strikeouts in 30 innings in 6 games. I don’t know if it’s a psychological problem, but my pitching has stabilized after I doubled my pitching career.
And currently, he is also working as a pitcher in demonstration games. However, he has yet to show good form in his at-bat. He got a walk and went on base, but had no hits. In practice batting, he shows off a fairly large flight distance, but it is different in real life. Overall, the timing is too late. The bat speed that responds to the fastball as well as the breaking ball is slow.
In addition, the right field defense also looks unstable. In an exhibition game against the KIA Tigers held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 16th, KIA Hwang Dae-in’s outfield fly gave a double due to a callsign miss with second baseman Lee Seung-won. He was not recorded as an error, but it was a defense that should not come out in the regular league.
Jang Jae-young is still uneasy in both offense and defense. However, although he himself declared a double career as a pitcher, he has a strong determination to succeed as a pitcher rather than as a hitter. Jang Jae-young also clearly put more weight on the pitcher side, saying, “To be a better pitcher.” Jang Jae-young, who has not had much fun at bat, has shown potential as a pitcher by starting in two exhibition games and recording 1 win, 6 walks, and 3 strikeouts in 5 innings with an ERA of 1.80.
This season, baseball fans are focusing their attention on whether Jang Jae-young, the ‘900 million-armed man’, will be able to succeed as Ohtani’s ‘Lee Do-ryu’ in Korea.