The mound to trust, among them Gwak Bin (24, Doosan Bears) and Moon Dong-ju (19, Hanwha Eagles), who will be responsible for the selection.
The Korean baseball team, which will challenge its 4th consecutive victory at the Hangzhou Asian Games, which will open next month, consists of 24 players, including 21 players under the age of 25 or under the age of 4 years as a pro, and 3 wild cards under the age of 29.
Last year, Lee Jung-hoo (Kiwoom Heroes), 안전놀이터 who won five professional baseball batting titles, suffered an ankle injury and had to undergo surgery, so Korean baseball suffered a fatal blow in an attack.
Kang Baek-ho (kt wiz)’s mental condition is also not very good, so only Roh Si-hwan (Hanwha) is the only player who can solve a blow in a chance.
As of the 29th, Noh Si-hwan ran first in home runs (29) and RBI (86) in the KBO League and finally became the best hitter in Korea after 5 years of professional debut, but the experience of participating in international competitions as an adult national team It is unknown what kind of performance he will show in the Asian Games.
Unlike the shaky batting line, there are many young pitchers on the mound who have experienced the Tokyo Olympics and the World Baseball Classic (WBC).
In particular, expectations are placed on right-handed fastball pitchers Gwak Bin and Moon Dong-ju, who throw fast balls. An official of the national team asserted, “The two pitchers hold the key to the Korean national team.”
Baseball is a pitcher’s game. A pitcher’s presence is even greater in an international competition where there are few opponents.
Kwak Bin, who started as a pro in 2018, recorded 10 wins and 6 losses this year with an earned run average of 2.74, harvesting double-digit multipliers in one season for the first time in his life.
Kwak Bin, who mixes a 150km/h lightspeed ball, curveball, changeup, and slider, is one of the KBO League’s three musketeers who, along with Moon Dong-ju and Ahn Woo-jin (Kiwoom Heroes), throw the fastest ball at over 155km/h.
Along with Raul Alcantara (11 wins), he has grown into a starting pitcher representing Doosan and professional baseball while forming the two axes of the Doosan starting lineup.
In April of this year, Moon Dong-ju became a hot topic by putting a light speed ball at 160.1km per hour against Chan-ho Park of the KIA Tigers. Moon Dong-ju is the first Korean player to throw a fast ball at 160 km/h since measurement.
The highest speed of the slider and changeup also recorded 149 km per hour, far exceeding the fast ball speed of most pitchers.
Moon Dong-ju, in his second year as a pro, was protected by the club and successfully took root in the KBO League with an 8-8 record and an earned run average of 3.62.
Kwak Bin and Moon Dong-ju are a duo that catches the eye of national team coach Ryu Joong-il, who favors fastball pitchers.
It is a fireballer that will instill pride in Korean fans who were envious of the Japanese pitchers who laughed at 150 km per hour at the WBC in March this year, saying that ‘we have a pitcher like this’ at the Asian Games.
In the Asian Games, the three kingdoms of Korea, Japan, and Taiwan, Ryu Joong-il’s success or failure depended on how the two pitchers eventually pitched against Japan and Taiwan.
The Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee and the Asian Baseball Federation have not yet disclosed the Asian Games groupings because the size of the participating countries has not been confirmed. high portential.
Assuming that Korea advances to the finals, there is a high probability that Korea will face Taiwan in the group stage and face Japan in the super round where the first and second place in the group stage are held.
Looking at the final match between the 1st and 2nd places in the Super Round, which is held with group stage results, Korea is highly likely to face either Japan or Taiwan twice in the Asian Games.
In the game against Japan, where right-handed and left-handed hitters were common, left-handed pitchers were mainly used.
The national team selected Eui-ri Lee (KIA) and Chang-mo Koo (NC Dinos) as the left-arm starting agents. As for right-handed starting agents, Park Se-woong, who has been evaluated as having played his part alone in the WBC, Na Kyun-an (above Lotte Giants), and Won Tae-in (Samsung Lions), together with Kwak Bin and Moon Dong-ju, form the 5th.