Will a Korean version of Ohtani be born?
Kiwoom Heroes take on a new challenge at spring camp. 1st nominations and 1st round pitchers are raised with ‘two swords’. 2021’1st nomination’ fireballer Jang Jae-young and this year’s 1st round rookie Kim Gun-hee are trying to double the pitching side by side in the US spring camp.
An interesting challenge is being carried out at Kiwoom’s spring camp site, Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. Jang Jae-young, who joined with a down payment of 900 million won, and Kim Gun-hee, a first-rounder, are training pitchers and batters at the same time.
Coach Hong Won-ki said, “While Jang Jae-young and Kim Geon-hee went through a training turn on the 3rd, I told them to do pitcher training on the first day and hitter training on the 2nd and 3rd days. It means to set the direction for two-time pitching at camp and try it. I will watch the process at the camp and demonstration games and judge later. We will keep all possibilities open.”
Jang Jae-young and Kim Kun-hee are fastball pitchers, but they showed some talent in hitting in high school. Normally, he would only focus on pitching, but Kiwoom tries to double as a pitcher with a change of thinking.
Jang Jae-young recorded a batting average of 3.5 (28 hits in 80 at-bats) and 3 homers as a hitter while attending Deoksu High School. Kim Kun-hee recorded a batting average of 3.78, 1 home run and 9 RBIs as a hitter in his junior year at Wonju High School last year.
Jang Jae-young played for Geelong Korea in the Australian League last January, and also played for a while as a hitter. He appeared in six games as a pitcher, going 1-3 with a 3.30 earned run average, and as a hitter, he went 0-for-6. He didn’t hit his hit, but he caught the bat. 온라인바카라
Jang Jae-young’s dual sword challenge also has the dimension of changing the atmosphere and relieving stress. Then, if you show potential as a hitter, you can raise it in earnest with ‘two swords’. Jang Jae-young, who joined with great expectations, sluggish with an average ERA of 9.17 per loss in 19 games in the first year of his debut, and an average ERA of 7.71 in 14 games last year. Extreme control hunting was not corrected. He showed improvement in the first ball while playing for Geelong Korea last winter.
Director Hong said of Kim Gun-hee, “My body at the finish camp in November of last year is different now. It has improved a lot in the meantime.” Gun-hee Kim works as both pitcher and first baseman. Jang Jae-young is also considered as a pitcher, outfielder, and third baseman. He keeps all possibilities open.
Lee Hyeong-jong, who turned from a pitcher to a hitter and transferred from LG to Kiwoom in the offseason, welcomed the challenge of his juniors. Lee Hyung-jong, who already has experience, said, “I was training in the outfield today, and Jae-young came and did outfield defense training. It’s clumsy, but try it. He told me to ask if I had any questions about outfield defense and to do it comfortably,” he said.
Then he said, “He told me to do it if he wanted to play as a third baseman in the club, but Jaeyoung said he didn’t like being a third baseman. When he said let me do it, he told me to try third base as well, try this and that. I couldn’t do it even if I wanted to at LG.”