Reporter Seo Jang-won = Kiwoom Heroes Young Gun Jang Jae-young (21) has pitched the most innings in his professional debut.
Jang pitched five innings of four-hit ball with two walks and two strikeouts in a home game against the Doosan Bears of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Gocheok Sky Dome on the 23rd. On the day, Jang mixed his fastball, which reached 152km/h, with his changeup, which included a curveball and slider온라인카지노.
It was the first time Jang Jae-young, who made his professional debut in the 2021 season, threw five innings in the first team. His previous best was four innings on 6 April against the LG Twins in Gochuk. He had pitched seven innings in the second team, but he hadn’t pitched five innings in the first team, but today he finally broke through.
Jang Jae-young, who has been in the spotlight since his amateur days with a fastball that can reach 150 kilometres, made a spectacular entrance into the professional ranks after being selected by Kiwoom in the first round of the 2021 rookie draft. Kiwoom had high hopes for Jang, offering him a 900 million won signing bonus.
However, Jang struggled to establish himself in the first team, as he struggled with his pitches. It doesn’t matter how fast the ball is, if it’s not in the zone, it’s not going to work in the first team. Jang made 19 appearances in his debut season and 14 last season.
This season, he opened the season in the starting line-up after showing improvement in the trials, but he was sent down to the second team after two games due to his pitching problems.
In the second team, Jang Jae-young also struggled with his pitches, but his crisis management skills helped him win three games and post a 1.67 ERA in six appearances. On the fourth, he was called back to the first team to fill in for the missing starter.
It was a different Jang Jae-young. After giving up two runs in three innings against the SSG Landers on the 4th, he pitched three scoreless innings against the KT Wiz on the 11th, and three and a third scoreless innings against the Hanwha Eagles on the 17th. Kiwoom coach Hong Won-ki had hoped Jang would find his groove by pitching fewer innings first, but he has shown signs of improvement.
“I’m going to give him more innings and pitches than in previous games,” Hong said before the game, and Jang repaid the trust.
After pitching a scoreless second inning, Jang faced back-to-back threats in the third and fourth innings, but minimised the damage to a single run. Returning to the mound in the fifth inning, Jang completed his mission with a three-hit shutout.
Although he was unable to get any run support from his batting line-up and was unable to get his first win in his professional debut, it was more important for him to pitch much better than before. “It will be good for both her and the team if she shows improvement every game,” said Hong, who was all smiles.