“I want to become a player who leads (Heroes) to win the championship like (Ahn) Woojin hyung by preparing harder and improving without being satisfied with the present.”
Jang Jae-young, Kiwoom’s top-class prospect who won his first win in his debut, gave a strong impression.온라인카지노
Jang Jae-young, a native of Galsancho, Shinwol Middle School, and Deoksu High School, is a right-handed pitcher in Kiwoom’s uniform with the first nomination in the 2021 rookie draft. With a fastball that far exceeds 150 km and a breaking ball with a large drop, he is considered strong.
Kiwoom Jang Jae-young won his first career win against Gocheok NC on the 5th. Photo = Reporter Kim Young-gu
However, even for Jang Jae-young, the professional 1st team stage was never easy. He had a clear weakness of an unstable pitch, and in his debut season, he only had one loss and an average ERA of 9.17 without a win in 19 games, and in the 2022 season, he also appeared in 14 games, but recorded an average ERA of 7.71 without winning or losing.
Fortunately, Jang Jae-young, who worked tirelessly while visiting Geelong Korea in Australia during this off-season, gradually revealed his presence this season. He was somewhat sluggish at the beginning of the season and went to the Futures (second team) league from late April to May, but he gradually found himself.
Afterwards, he was extremely proud of himself, and finally, on the 5th against Gocheok NC Dinos (Kiwoom 2-0 win), he threw 92 balls and blocked it with 5.1 innings, 2 hits, 4 strikeouts, 7 strikeouts and no runs, and earned his first win in his debut.
Not just a win, but the most innings in an individual game (previous 5 innings, 23. 06.23 against Gocheok Doosan Bears), most strikeouts (before 5, 22. 04.29 against Gocheok KT Wiz, 23. 06.04 against Incheon SSG Landers), most pitches (Formerly 84 wards, 23.04.18 Gocheok Samsung Lions match) Jang Jae-young, who also wrote new records, said after the game, “It took so long (to the first win), but I feel good to have my first win. Now he feels relieved because he seems to have helped the team,” he said.
The reason why his good pitch this time shined even more was that the opposing starting pitcher was Eric Peddy, a foreign ace representing the KBO League. Peddy, who had an ERA of 1.61 with 11 wins and 1 loss before the match, suffered a loss by decision to Jang Jae-young and was burdened with the yoke of defeat.
Jang Jae-young said, “I know that Peddy is a really good pitcher, and all of our players knew that. He believed in our hitters who were attacking once,” he said. “He pitched with the idea of creating a situation as equal as possible and passing it to the bullpen pitchers. He smiled brightly, saying, “It seems that he focused on clutch situations or situations with runners to score the least number of runs, so he didn’t score.”
Jang Jae-young made the most use of his fastball (70 pitches), which reached a maximum velocity of 154 km, and did not play well with breaking pitches such as slider (15 pitches) and curveball (7 pitches). Why?
He explained, “Actually, from the beginning of the game, I pitched mostly fastballs because my breaking ball didn’t go the way I expected, but (catcher) Lee Ji-young told me today that my fastball was good, so I believed that and pitched aggressively.”
At the same time, Jang Jae-young said, “I threw (fastball) even though I knew what the batter was aiming for. It seems that the strong throw with the thought of inducing a beating hit became an opportunity for me to improve my self-confidence,” he said. I think I learned a lot today,” he nodded.
He came into the team with a lot of expectations, but it took a while to get his first win. His heartache must not have been the only one.
Jang Jae-young said, “In his debut season, I myself had a lot of expectations. Expectations were high at the club, and I think the expectations of the fans were also high.” I prepared for this season with the thought that there is nothing to fear and nothing to be afraid of now.”
He continued, “I went down to the 2nd team and prepared well for what didn’t go well at the beginning of the season. He came back up and he threw with a little more ease, so his performance improved.”
Jang Jae-young’s role model, Ahn Woo-jin, congratulated him the most when he won his first win that day. When asked, “Which senior do you think of the most?” Jang Jae-young said, “(Ahn) Woo-jin hyung comes to mind the most. He said, ‘Don’t be too impatient, just show yourself improving in each match and you’re doing well.’ (Lee) Jung-Hoo hyung also said, ‘With your ball now, the opponent batters won’t be able to hit it,’” he expressed his gratitude.
Lastly, he said, “(Ahn) Woojin and I want to start 1st and 2nd. I also think (Ahn) Woojin has a ball he can throw as well as his brother. I am not satisfied with the present, I want to prepare harder and develop to become a player who leads Kiwoom to the championship like (Ahn) Woojin hyung.”