KIA Tigers Yoon Young-cheol is a super rookie who has received a lot of attention since the rookie draft. It was his first official match, so he might be nervous, but he enjoyed it. In particular, at the World Baseball Classic (WBC), he threw his own ball against Lee Jung-hoo, a ‘genius hitter’ who drew the world’s attention, and had a wonderful match.
KIA Yoon Young-cheol started the demonstration game against Kiwoom Heroes in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 6th. On this day, the average speed of fastball was only 138km, but he overwhelmed the Kiwoom hitters with excellent control and skillful game management that was not like a rookie.
He was celebrated by his teammates as he allowed no runs on 2 hits, 1 walk and 7 strikeouts in 4 innings. Above all, the head-to-head confrontation with Lee Jung-hoo drew the attention of many people.
Yoon Yeong-cheol, who blocked well up to 2 outs in the first inning, had his first confrontation with Lee Jung-hoo. His eyes as he looked at Lee Jung-hoo안전놀이터 as he entered the plate were full of excitement rather than tension. He had a confident expression that he wanted to stick together. After taking a deep breath on the mound, Yoon Young-chul performed a wind-up and threw the ball vigorously.
However, Lee Jung-hoo was in a different class. Having already matched the timing in the waiting at-bat, he lightly pulled a two-seam fastball with a 140km first pitch to create a right-handed hit. Yoon Young-chul, who received a hit from the first pitch, was a little taken aback, but soon smiled and said, “As expected, Lee Jung-hun.”
Lee Jeong-hoo returned from the WBC and was not in normal condition yet, but with his animal-like batting instinct, he showed the super rookie his professional skills. Afterwards, Yoon Young-chul treated the follow-up hitter as a bum hit and saw Lee Jung-hoo go into the dugout once more and vowed to win the next match.
And I met Lee Jung-hoo again in episode 3. The surprising thing here is that he caught the first strike with a fastball that hit in the first match. With a ball count of 1 ball-0 strike and a 131km slider on the outside, Lee Jung-hoo’s bat was lured, and the hit ball flew in front of the shortstop. In this way, Yoon Young-cheol succeeded in revenge in his second confrontation and went into the dugout with a bright smile.
Yoon Young-cheol is a pitcher who has the ability to spread his balls with confidence even in a confrontation with Lee Jung-hoo. He threw the ball he could throw best without being intimidated or intimidated by a hit, and had excellent management skills to lead the game at his own pace.
Although it is an exhibition game, it is clear that Yoon Young-chul, who showed off a 7K strikeout show in his first official game, is the rookie to pay attention to this season.