“Satisfied with various situations” SSG selection key man, full-time preparation for the first time in 3 years
In fact, it is the first time in three years that a proper season has been played. Moon Seung-won, who holds the key to the starting lineup of SSG Landers, has finished warming up for the demonstration game.
Moon Seung-won took the mound as a starting pitcher against the KIA Tigers in the 2023 KBO League exhibition game held at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on the 24th. Final record: 5 innings, 4 hits, 4 strikeouts, 1 walk, 1 run, winning pitcher. He took 2 outs at the bottom of the 1st inning and gave up 1 run as the walk eventually led to a run, but he showed stable pitching until the 5th inning. It is the last tempering before the opening. Moon Seung-won recorded 4 scoreless innings against the Lotte Giants in Busan on the 16th, and threw 69 pitches against KIA as each game was delayed due to rain cancellation. His highest fastball speed was 145 km, and he tested his senses by throwing a mixture of two-seam, slider, curve, and changeup.안전놀이터
Manager Kim Won-hyung watched Moon Seung-won’s pitching and evaluated, “As a starting pitcher, he did his part. It is positive that he showed a good performance following the last game.”
This season is the year he has to prove himself to Moon Seung-won again. Moon Seung-won, who underwent elbow surgery during the 2021 season, returned to the first team in the second half of last year after a year of rehabilitation. Upon his return, his position was as a bullpen agent. SSG, who was struggling to finish, used it in a situation where it beat Moon Seung-won after consideration, and there was some success. However, as he is a professional starting agent, manager Kim Won-hyung knew that the burden of going out to the bullpen was not small.
This season, I have been preparing as a starter since camp. Park Jong-hoon, who returned from surgery at the same time as Moon Seung-won, is also a starter. Coach Won-hyung Kim picked the two as ‘key players’ this season. This is because two foreign pitchers, Kwang-Hyun Kim, Seung-Won Moon, and Jong-Hun Park hold the center, giving strength to the rotation itself.
Fortunately, my condition is not bad. After pitching against KIA, Moon Seung-won said, “I am satisfied with pitching in various situations today. I tried to pay attention to the timing fight and not give it a hit. It’s been a long time since I passed 50 pitches, and although it felt difficult, I will continue to adapt until the opening.”
SSG now has the last 4 games to play against KT and LG in Suwon and Jamsil. There is a possibility that Moon Seung-won’s appearance in the demonstration game will be the last against KIA. As he is calmly prepared, it is time to make a last-minute spurt to return as a full-time starting pitcher after three years.