Kiwoom Heroes pitcher Ahn Woo-jin (24) staged an armed demonstration with a 157 km/h light speed ball.
Ahn Woo-jin started the 2023 KBO League demonstration game against KT Wiz held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 14th and recorded 2 hits, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts and no runs in 3 innings. He overwhelmed batters by throwing 32 fastballs with a maximum of 157 km and an average of 151 km.
Ahn Woo-jin was shaken by giving up two walks in the first inning, but in the process of striking out second hitter Jang Seong-woo, he threw a 157km fastball and elicited exclamation. An Woo-jin overcame the crisis by catching ground balls and strikeouts in the 1st and 2nd base crisis with 1 out, and in the second inning, the risk of 1st and 3rd base, which he brought on himself, also went over to 2 strikeouts and grounders, showing his ability to manage the crisis.
In the third inning, Ahn Woo-jin was also shaken by a hit by lead batter Jang Seong-woo, but recovered his breath by catching Alford with a double stroke at the end of the breaking ball game. Afterwards, Ahn Woo-jin finished the inning with the help of shortstop Russell’s good luck.
An Woo-jin, who had the best season since his debut with 15 wins and 8 losses and an ERA of 2.11 in 30 games last year, was not selected for the World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team. It was because of his previous history of school violence (school violence) committed during his high school days. According to the regulations, it was possible to participate in the WBC without the Korean Olympic Committee, but the national team, which felt the burden of national sentiment, did not select Ahn Woo-jin.
Ahn Woo-jin, who was not selected for the national team, focused on improving his condition in his team. Ahn Woo-jin, who threw the ball at 156 km/h in a practice game against Doosan Bears on the 10th, left a strong impression by raising his speed to 157 km in an exhibition game on the 14th where a large number of key players participated.
Ahn Woo-jin, who came down from the mound, said, “I tried to throw a lot of various pitches such as sliders and curveballs. His breaking ball was fine, but his fastball feel hasn’t improved as much as last year. He has to throw it where he wants in every nook and cranny, and yet it is. He is getting better little by little,” he said, looking back at his pitching that day.
Last year, Ahn Woo-jin set an unforgettable record. He collected 224 strikeouts and won the title of strikeout king.메이저사이트 His strikeout challenge continues throughout his season. He said, “When there is a runner in the scoring zone, think about strikeouts. If it’s a no-out, think about 3 strikeouts, 1 par 2, 2 par 1. This is how you throw a strong ball and get a big hit. The batted ball came out, so I am more conscious of striking out (at the time of scoring).”
But An Woo-jin also had a natural enemy. Sang-Cheol Moon (KT Wiz), who had a hit against Woo-Jin An on the day, was the same, and SSG Landers Hanyu Island also showed a strong performance with 0.400 (6 hits in 15 at-bats). However, Ahn Woo-jin said, “I am not nervous because I am a strong hitter. I can hit well 5 times out of 10, but on the contrary, I can also get an out count. If I get a hit, I just need to study various repertoires.”