“(Kim’s) weight has changed a lot.”
That’s a common refrain among the Hanwha Eagles, who are currently in their first spring training camp in Melbourne, Australia.
It’s early in the camp, but Kim’s pitches are already impressive. He’s throwing clothesline-like pitches without much effort. It’s not hard to see Han hitting all corners of the strike zone, which was set up in front of the catcher’s box to account for the ABS (Automatic Ball Judgment System). It’s a far cry from last year, when he struggled with his velocity. 카지노사이트 Hanwha manager Choi Won-ho considers Kim Ki-jung as one of the candidates for the fourth or fifth starting spot.
A large part of Kim’s growth has been due to the presence of Ryu Hyun-jin.
Kim, along with Nam Ji-min, traveled with Ryu to Okinawa, Japan, in January at the suggestion of veteran Jang Min-jae, and have reportedly shown significant growth since then.
“When (Jang) Min-jae asked me, ‘Do you want to join us?’ I didn’t think about it for 0.1 seconds and said yes,” Kim said of his offseason training with Ryu. I was so happy that I ran around the house,” he recalled, adding, “My mom was also at home at the time, and she was very happy with me.” “I asked Ryu how he throws his changeup and curveball. He gave me detailed instructions, which helped me a lot. I feel like I’m getting better after doing what he told me. I can feel that my bullpen pitches have also improved a lot,” he said. He also said, “Ryu Hyun-jin is very diligent. Many of the exercises he taught me were new to me.” “The posture was different. Even though they look similar to others, there are subtle differences,” he explained. “The first autograph I got was from Ryu Hyun-jin at the baseball stadium when I was a kid. The line for his autograph was very long, and I was the last one in line. I remember barely getting an autograph. I was so honored and excited to train with him,” he recalled. On the possibility of Ryu joining Hanwha, he said, “I would be honored to play with him. I think I will have more time to learn more. If he comes to our team, I will ask more questions and learn more,” he smiled.
In his three years on the Hanwha first team
After being selected in the second round of the 2021 Rookie Draft, Kim compiled a record of 3-9 with a 4.80 ERA in 57 games and 122 innings pitched. The left-hander was regarded as a talented pitcher in high school, 토토사이트 추천 but he was unable to overcome his control issues in the professional ranks. With the experience of the past three seasons, the changes he’s made with Ryu Hyun-jin, and the clues he’s gained to rebound, Kim has high hopes and goals for this season.
“I can only play consistently if I don’t get sick. “It’s an honor to compete for the starting lineup, but I have to prove myself first. Right now, my biggest goal is to make the opening roster,” he said.