Another young gun fireballer stretched in the KBO league.
Kiwoom Heroes Jang Jae-young started on the 6th against the LG Twins at Gocheok Sky Dome.
Jang Jae-young, who received the first rookie nomination in 2021 and wore a Kiwoom uniform with a down payment of 900 million won, has played 33 games over the past two years, and only two games in the first season of 2021 as a starter. In the Futures League last year, he started 13 games and threw 42 innings, but the content was not very good with an average ERA of 5.79.
Jang Jae-young is Kiwoom’s next-generation ace candidate. Now, there is no disagreement that it should be used as a first-team selection. On this day’s start, he faced 19 batters in 4 innings, allowed 4 hits and 5 walks, and allowed 3 runs. The results are never satisfactory. Before the game, manager Hong Won-ki said, “I have done my duty in 5 innings without setting a pitch limit.”
The fastball, which threw 56 out of 82 pitches, took a maximum of 155 km and an average of 150.4 km. His fastball-oriented pitching is revealed as it is. It is a rubber ball combination. Catcher Lee Ji-young would have led the signing, but Jang Jae-young should use the strength of his fastball. Restraint is good enough.
However, the anxiety of Jegu is a problem that needs to be fixed. Whether there is room for improvement, you know best. There are plenty of possibilities. He flew to Australia last winter and pitched at Geelong Korea. He judged that there was no better opportunity than the actual game to catch the ball.
There, he started 6 games and recorded 1 win, 2 losses, and an average ERA of 3.30. He pitched 30 innings, giving up 22 hits and nine walks while striking out 37. He had a WHIP of 1.03. He averaged 2 walks and 11.1 strikeouts in 9 innings pitched.
After that, he took the mound three times in the demonstration game and was anxious with 8 walks and 6 strikeouts in 9 innings, but in the last game against LG, he showed stability with 2 walks in 4 innings. Compared to last year’s Futures League, when he gave up 44 walks in 42 innings, his control power has been stabilized to some extent.
Young pitchers like Jang Jae-young need more time to open their eyes to pitching and game management, but at some point an opportunity is provided. We don’t know how many years it will take, but we have to learn from experience. There are many people around you who can help you, so your own efforts are the most important.
In the case of Jang Jae-young, he has a shoulder that can freely throw a 150km fastball.
It took a considerable amount of time for Ahn Woo-jin to become a starting pitcher after receiving the first nomination in 2018. He made his debut after digesting the disciplinary action in his first season, but on June 2, he gave up 6 hits and 6 runs in 3 innings, including his first start against LG. On September 20 of that year, against the Samsung Lions, he filled 5 innings for the first time and won his first start with a good pitch with 5 hits and no runs, but in the next start, he gave up 8 runs in 4 innings. 스포츠토토
In 2019, he was in charge of the 5th starter, and after pitching until June, he developed shoulder inflammation and had to rehabilitate for more than two months. In 2020, his position was changed to salvation, and as a starter in 2021, he recorded 8 wins and 8 losses and an average ERA of 3.26 in 21 games, showing off his starting pitcher-like force.
And last year, he played his first full-time rotation and stood tall as the league’s top ace. His fastball restraint, which was 154 km at the time of his debut, has now been raised to 157.5 km. After wandering for 4 years after his joining, he became the best pitcher.
Jang Jae-young, who is 3 years younger than him, is in his 3rd year with the team. As long as you’re healthy, there are plenty of opportunities. Coach Hong has no intention of changing his position after one or two games.