Honestly, I was embarrassed.”
Yoon Young-chul (19, KIA Tigers) started in an exhibition game against Kiwoom Heroes held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 16th.
Yoon Young-cheol is an expected player nominated by the KIA in the 1st round (2nd overall) of the 2023 rookie draft. His speed stayed in the middle of 140 km per hour, but he received high marks for his effort and stable control unlike a high school student, and he was evaluated as being able to work as a professional.
Having raised expectations little by little from spring camp, he completed his first demonstration game perfectly.
He pitched a scoreless good pitching, striking out seven while only allowing two hits and a walk in four innings of work.
His highest fastball speed stayed at 141 km, but he mixed the changeup (14), slider (11), and curve (3) evenly to tie Kiwoom’s lineup tightly.
Yoon Young-chul said, “I was excited and nervous because it was my first appearance in an official game. In the first inning, my body felt a little floating, but I was able to throw my ball calmly from the second inning. The support of the fans gave me great strength.” told
Regarding the secret of good pitching, “I planned to pitch with a fast tempo and the catcher led, but that part led to good results. I had no intention of striking out, and I threw the ball as senior Joo Hyo-sang led, and I struck out more than I expected. “he explained.
He had enough to make up for. He said, “I think I was overly conscious of runners. In the next game, I will focus more on batters than runners.”
The confrontation with Lee Jung-hoo, who won 5 batting crowns last year and won the MVP award in the regular season, was an unforgettable moment. On the 20th of last month (Korean time), Yoon Young-cheol faced Lee Jung-hoo in a practice match with the national team in Tucson, Arizona, USA. At that time, Yoon Young-cheol caught Lee Jeong-hoo with a straight hit, but scored 2 runs in 2 innings.
This match is 1 win and 1 loss. In the first at-bat,스포츠토토 he got a hit, but in the second at-bat, he turned it around with a shortstop grounder.
Yoon Young-cheol said, “After the practice game with the national team, I met senior Lee Jung-hoo again, and I was honestly embarrassed because the bat came out aggressively from the first at-bat, but I felt good because I caught a ground ball out in the second at-bat.”
Yoon Yeong-cheol, who was filled with confidence by successfully cutting the first tape of the exhibition game, said, “I will prepare well so that I can enter the opening game entry without injury for the rest of the time.”