Hanwha head coach Choi Won-ho explains why he demoted super rookie Kim Seo-hyun to the second team. He also shared his thoughts on Kim Seo-hyun’s character and what he needs from her in the future.
Ahead of the game against Doosan in Jamsil on the 8th, Choi said, “I saw no point in using a player of Kim Seo-hyun’s caliber as a losing pitcher. If you’re going to use him in the bullpen, I think you should use him as a must-win pitcher or a starter,” Choi said, adding, “First of all, I was sitting in the dugout after throwing yesterday, and I saw a lot of eyes around me. It’s not his style, but I think he needs to make some adjustments.”
As a rookie, ups and downs are inevitable. However, his recent pitches have been off-balance. His pitches weren’t working and his strikeouts were increasing. In the early part of the season, as well as in the amateur ranks, he pitched at a fast pace, but recently, his pace has slowed down. He lost his balance and confidence.
“I had a meeting with him before he went down to the second team. I told him, ‘I’m sure you’ll be the best pitcher in Korea alongside Dong-ju. Let’s think of going down to the Futures now as being in the process of becoming a superstar,'” Choi said. “I didn’t give the second team any specific instructions. The ball mix and arm height will be determined by the second team staff,” he said.안전놀이터
He added, “In the second team, we plan to train more than play. I’ll pitch in the bullpen and do throwing drills before going out to the field. We’ll see what happens in the future. We need to discuss whether I should continue to pitch in the bullpen or start.”
Finally, Choi said, “He’s been a baseball player since he was a kid. He’s always pitched well and done well, but I’ve never seen him like yesterday. We’ll wait for him to recover well in the second team and come up,” Choi said, hoping for a rebound.