The LG Twins’ first-round pick is finally getting his first taste of the big leagues. It’s Cho Won-tae, 20, the LG Twins’ first-round pick in last year’s rookie draft.
LG manager Yoon Kyung-yeop spoke to reporters ahead of the team’s home game against the KT Wiz on Thursday at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul (which was canceled due to rain) about his plans for Cho Won-tae.
It was last weekend. Heading into a three-game series against KIA, LG’s original starting order was Casey Kelly, Adam Plutko, and Chan-kyu Lim. However, on the second day of the three-game series against KIA, Yeom chose to start Lee Jung-yong instead of Lim Chan-gyu.
There was a reason. At the time, Yeom said, “If (Im) Changuyu starts on Sunday, we need to have the 4 and 5 starters against KT on the 4th and 5th. If that happens, we might have to have a bullpen day two days in a row. That’s a lot of pressure. We thought about it a lot, and after some discussion, we decided to do it.”
Coincidentally, as Game 4 was canceled due to rain, LG will use Chan-kyu Lim (5 days), Casey Kelly (6 days), and Adam Plutko (7 days) side by side. Yeom said, “If the game on the 4th is canceled due to rain, Im Chan-kyu will start on the 5th. After that, if there is no rain cancellation, Cho Won-tae will start against the Lotte Giants on the 9th at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan.”
As a result, LG will start Plutko (7th), Lee Jung-yong (8th), and Cho Won-tae (9th) in the three-game series against Lotte. “I’m giving him a chance as a starter because there were good reports from the second team,” Yeom said of Cho Won-tae, adding, “I received a report that his delivery has improved rather than his fastball. No matter how fast the ball is, it is most important to have a good control. We were thinking about calling him up when we won three straight games in the Futures League, but now we’re giving him a chance.” “Cho Won-tae and Lee Ji-gang will go out in a ‘1+1’ format,” he added.온라인바카
Jo Won-tae, who stands at 186 centimeters and 92 kilograms, joined the LG Twins as a first round pick last year after graduating from Toseongcho (Gangdong Guritte), Kundae University, and Sunlin Internet High School. Last year, he appeared in two games at the first team level, going winless in four innings with one hit, two walks and one hit batsman. In the Futures League, he went 3-1 with a 7.68 ERA in 12 games. In 38⅔ innings pitched, he allowed 40 hits (one home run), 27 walks, three hit batsmen, 38 strikeouts, and 33 runs (33 earned).
He started the year in the Futures League. Since the end of April, he has been steadily rotating through the Futures League and learning the ropes. This year, he appeared in 10 Futures League games (eight starts), posting a 3-1 record with a 5.45 ERA. In 36 1/3 innings, he allowed 45 hits (2 home runs), 20 walks, 1 hit-by-pitch, 28 strikeouts, and 24 runs (22 earned). In particular, he was on a roll, winning three straight games against the Doosan Bears in the Futures League on June 8, the KIA Tigers on June 17, and the Goyang Heroes on June 24.
If Cho Won-tae continues to pitch well, there’s a chance he’ll get another chance. Aside from Kelly, Plutko, and Lim Chan-kyu, there is no other starter in the LG starting rotation that is a sure thing. Of course, the best-case scenario for LG would be for Kim Yun-sik and Lee Min-ho to return in good shape for the second half. It will be interesting to see how Cho Won-tae pitches in front of the Busan fans.