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KIA Tigers rookie pitcher Yoon Young-cheol (19) showed an overwhelming pitch with an elaborate ball, although not fast.
On the 16th, Yoon Young-cheol started in an exhibition game against Kiwoom Heroes of the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, recording 4 innings, 2 hits, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts and no runs.
In the first inning, Yoon Young-chul, who caught Kim Hye-seong (second baseman grounder) and Lee Hyeong-jong (strikeout), was driven into a crisis with two outs on first and second base due to Lee Jung-hoo’s hit and Edison Russell’s walk. Lee Jung-hoo succeeded in stealing third base and became 2nd out, 1st and 3rd base안전놀이터, but Park Joo-hong struck out and overcame the crisis without conceding a run.
Yoon Young-cheol, who recorded a tripartite offense with two strikeouts in the second inning, struck out both Kim Hui-jip and Kim Hye-seong in the third inning. He got a hit from Lee Hyeong-jong, but finished the inning without a big crisis by treating Lee Jung-hoo as a shortstop ground ball.
In the 4th inning, Yun Young-chul, who also took the mound, caught Russell (catcher grounder), Park Joo-hong (first baseman grounder), and Lim Ji-yeol (strikeout), and finished the inning with a three-way retreat. In the 5th inning, when KIA led 2-0, he was replaced by Kim Ki-hoon and finished the mound that day.
Yoon Young-cheol, who recorded 60 pitches, used a fastball (32 pitches), a changeup (14 pitches), a slider (11 pitches), and a curveball (3 pitches). His highest fastball velocity was 141 km/h and average velocity was 138 km per hour, but his precise control and sharp breaking ball perfectly captured the timing of hitters and caught many strikeouts.
Yoon Young-cheol said in an interview after the game, “I was excited and nervous because it was my first appearance in an official game. He felt a little floating in the first inning, but he was able to throw my ball calmly from the second inning. The support of the fans gave me great strength,” he said, expressing his feelings on his first appearance.
Yoon Young-cheol, who said, “I planned to pitch to the fast tempo and lead the catcher,” said Yoon Young-chul, “That part led to good results. He had no intention of striking out at all, and threw the ball as senior Hyo-sang Joo led, but he struck out more than expected. The regrettable thing today is that I was overly conscious of the runners. In the next game, I will focus more on the hitter than the runner.”
Yoon Young-chul, who was hit by Lee Jeong-hoo, who won the league MVP last season, said, “I met Lee Jung-hoo again after the practice game with the national team, and I was honestly embarrassed because the bat came out aggressively from the first at-bat, but I got a ground ball out in the second at-bat, and I felt good. It was good,” he laughed.
Yoon Young-cheol, who is aiming to enter the starting rotation this season, said, “I will prepare well so that I can enter the opening match without injury for the rest of the season.