“I’m the number two right-hander in the KBO? I can’t agree.”
KIA ‘nuclear catcher’ Kim Tae-gun (34), as his nickname suggests, has an active personality and finished adapting to the team early. The biggest beneficiary is Han Jun-su, a 24-year-old prospect catcher who graduated from Gwangju Dongseong High School and joined the team in the first nomination in 2018. Han Jun-su subverted expectations and steadily endures in the first team as Kim Tae-gun’s backup.
His physique is in good condition and he has a long shot power. On the 12th, he scored 3 hits in the other line while working with Yoon Young-cheol of the Busan Lotte Game. He started as the eighth hitter and displayed his batting talent by going 3-for-6 with 2 RBI, 3 runs scored, and two singles with a double.
7 hits in 26 at-bats in 14 games, batting average 0.269, 1 home run, 5 RBIs, 6 runs, OPS 0.731. On July 5th, Incheon SSG game matched with Yoon Young-chul, and he also scored 3 hits. On the 4th, the Gwangju Hanwha Eagles only had 1 hit in 5 at-bats, but once again produced good results.
Apparently, Junsu Han’s focus is on defense and interaction with the pitchers. In order to survive in the first group, you must experience this unconditionally, overcome through side effects, and prove the virtuous cycle of developing through experience again. It is more important to be a supporting actor who supports a stable defense and pitchers’ good results than a single hit.
Han Junsu is already following Kim Tae-goon and learning a lot. Director Kim Jong-guk said that Kim Tae-goon and Han Jun-su were physically vomiting and teaching him a lot. For Han Junsu, being able to see and learn from experienced catchers in the first team is a huge benefit.
Kim Tae-gun said of Han Jun-su during the three-game home game against Hanwha last week, “I train more. He has to overcome the difficult.” He did not praise Han Junsu for doing well, but rather whipped him. At that time, Kim Tae-gun meant that it was time for Han Jun-soo to do a lot of basic training necessary for a catcher. That’s actually true.
Han Junsu also stormed with sympathy. After the game on the 12th, “That is correct. Senior Taegoon also said he trained a lot during his backup days. Even now, seniors arrive on the ground quickly and quickly. He teaches mentality and ball composition rather than technique. That alone is of great help “In my opinion, KBO right-hander number two is Dong-ju Moon.”
Doosan’s native ace Gwak Bin (24) gave a high praise to opponent starter Moon Dong-ju (20, Hanwha) after winning with a good pitching against Daejeon Hanwha on the 1st with 2 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 1 walk, 1 walk, 10 strikeouts and 1 run in 7 innings. Moon Dong-ju, who had a head-to-head matchup with Gwak Bin that day, was defeated with 5 hits (1 home run), 4 strikeouts and 2 runs in 5 innings.
In a post-game interview, Kwak Bin suddenly mentioned Moon Dong-ju when he was asked about leaving only one win out of the first 10 wins in his debut. He said, “(After Kiwoom An Woo-jin) I think the number two right-hander in the KBO is Moon Dong-ju. As soon as the second half started, the starting rotation schedule matched with Dong-ju. Although he is a junior, I thought he was a better pitcher than me, so it was fun to throw with the mindset of my spouse whether I win or lose.”
Although he is 4 years younger than him, he had a good-willed competitive spirit as the right-handed starter Young-gun representing the KBO league, and expressed respect for his juniors who had a great match. Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop also said, “Even though I don’t know what it is like inside, I would have said the same thing. Humility is your best weapon. It’s good to respect others. That’s a normal mindset as a professional player, and my grades are just as good.”
Eleven days after that, the two pitchers had a return match at the same place again as starters. This time, Moon Dong-ju laughed. On the 12th, against Doosan in Daejeon, he became the winning pitcher with 4 hits, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts and 1 run in 6 innings, leading Hanwha to a 6-1 victory. It was a valuable victory that broke the team’s 5-game losing streak, and it was the 7th win (7th loss) of the season. The average ERA was also lowered to 3.28, entering the 10th place in the league in this category.
Confronting this, Gwak Bin also pitched formidably. Although he was hit with a two-run home run by Noh Si-hwan in the first inning, he had a tight pitching battle with Moon Dong-ju, blocking the Hanwha batting line without additional runs until the 6th inning. He failed to finish the inning by giving up 2 runs in the 7th inning, but after 6⅓ innings, 8 hits (1 home run), 2 walks, 6 strikeouts and 4 runs, he was defeated. In the two starting matchups, Kwak Bin and Moon Dong-ju exchanged 1 win and 1 loss for General Meng.
After the game, Moon Dong-ju said, “It would be a lie if I said I always felt no pressure about the game, but today I didn’t feel any pressure about losing streak. More than that, I thought that it would not be easy because (Kwak) Bin was the older brother to be selected. I threw it hard with the thought that I had to fight as much as possible,” he said about Kwak Bin’s praise after the last confrontation, “I saw the article, but I can’t agree. I think I should learn from Binnie hyung,” he smiled and waved his hand.
Next, Moon Dong-joo said, “After the game that day, I looked up a lot of videos of Bin’s pitching. He’s a good pitcher for a reason. It felt like he was using the strike zone well and pitching against batters. I’m not at the point where I can feel that way yet,” he lowered his posture.
However, Moon Dong-ju is becoming more and more a pitcher. In May, he collapsed for a moment due to a sudden lack of control and showed ups and downs, but he is showing a sense of stability by pitching less than 3 runs in the last 9 consecutive games. I have a knack for enduring bad times.
Hanwha coach Choi Won-ho said, “Dong-ju’s throwing from the mound has increased a lot. Even when it’s a little bad, it doesn’t collapse. As he continues to experience the game, he is calculating how to adapt to the situation. In the case of pitchers with fast balls, they try to throw harder when they are inexperienced, but they don’t think about dealing with batters. The more you experience, the more you learn to change patterns or predict the psychological situation of others even on bad days. Dongju is also a process like that,” he explained.
Moon Dong-ju is the first Korean pitcher to throw 160km according to the KBO League’s official PTS standard, but now he does not rely solely on strength. He knows how to steal timing from hitters or lure the bat with his slow curve and low-dropping slider. He said, “These days, speed is not the most important thing. Speed is second. The most important thing is how to fight the batter,” he said. “I am learning more than last year. I have learned a little to read the match and the game situation with the batter on the mound,” he said.
Moon Dong-joo, who broke through 100 innings (104⅓) in 20 games of the season until this day, said, “It’s my first time playing 100 innings, and I feel good. I think I did well without injury,” he said. “It is not something I can decide to lift the inning limit. I will prepare well according to the given situation.” Hanwha originally planned to limit Moon Dong-ju to 120 to 130 innings this year, including the Hangzhou Asian Games. However, the club is currently discussing lifting the inning limit. After the Asian Games, we will check Moon Dong-ju’s physical condition and decide to lift the inning limit according to medical findings.토토사이트
To Han Junsu, Kim Tae-goon is just a ‘light’. “The batting is good, and the team atmosphere is good. In the case of ball combinations, I hear a lot of tips on how to solve them depending on the situation. If he learns from his seniors, he will get better.”
Regarding a good hit, “An opponent’s analysis is important. You should also look at the condition of the starting pitcher that day. I tried the starting pitcher in the 2nd team, and the ball is fast. He is also a senior in elementary school (Jeong Seong-jong). He has to help the team and he will do well both hitting and defending. He might make mistakes by trying to be too good, but he tries to do the same every day.”
On this day, Han Jun-su performed well at bat, but his expression was not as bright as starting pitcher Yoon Young-chul (4⅔innings, 8 hits, 3 strikeouts, 1 run, 5 runs). He said, “The first and fifth innings are the most important for a pitcher, but I was a little shaken at the end. It’s a pity that senior Noh Jin-hyuk made a mistake.”