Ball ball ball, still ‘hunting for the first time’… What to do with the Lotte 1R prospect?

It seemed that he hadn’t caught the ball perfectly yet. The Lotte Giants’ first-round pick prospect still struggled on the mound.

Kim Jin-wook climbed the mound as the team’s fourth pitcher in the top of the 7th inning when the team was trailing 2-3 in the match against the LG Twins at the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League Demonstration Game’ held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 19th.

Kim Jin-wook could not easily block the game with his first opponent, left-handed hitter Moon Seong-joo. The control problem, which had been a problem for several years, was again caught in the footsteps.

He gave up a walk after a full count match with lead hitter Moon Sung-joo. He caught Lee Cheon-woong with a ground ball to second base and increased the out count, but he was further shaken after being 2-4 with a timely 1 RBI hit by Kim Ki-yeon. He gave up consecutive walks to Moon Bo-kyung and Kim Joo-seong, and faced a crisis with a base loaded.

The crisis created by the walk soon resulted in a run. Kim Jin-wook allowed Hong Chang-ki a sacrifice fly with the first bases loaded, giving the score 2-5. The follow-up batter Kim Min-seong also wavered and went to a full count match, but managed to finish the inning with a strike-not-out.

Kim Jin-wook’s final score was 1 inning, 1 hit, 3 walks, 1 strikeout and 2 runs. Although the result is not very important because it is an exhibition game, giving up three walks in one inning seemed to be a problem.

After his 2021 debut, Kim Jin-wook was shaken by giving up 95 four balls in 92⅓ innings in his first-team career. He often breaks down on his own before fighting hitters, but it is not easily fixed over time. Prior to this day, in three exhibition games, he had allowed two walks in 2⅓ innings. It wasn’t just this day that was particularly shaken.

Jinwook Kim has many talents.메이저사이트 Although he is a left-handed pitcher, he has enough pitches to work in the pros, such as a fast ball with a speed of 140 km/h and a slider and curve to support it. However, his shaky command is still homework. On this day, out of 39, there were 20 strikes and 19 balls, which was far from the desirable strike/ball ratio.

A first-round prospect going through growing pains. Only when Kim Jin-wook takes his place can the team work out the season plan as they wish. Attention is focusing on whether he will be able to stabilize his control over the remaining time.

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