The head coach revealed how to manage a ‘left-handed rookie’… Why is KIA’s plan to “start once every Friday”?
토토사이트The first season of the debut of ‘super left-hander’ Yoon Young-cheol (KIA Tigers), who attracted a lot of attention even before joining the team, is coming to an end.
Yoon Young-cheol, who was selected by KIA as the second pick in the first round of the 2023 rookie draft, checked his skills step by step through spring camp and exhibition games, and finally made his professional debut in an away game against Kiwoom Heroes on April 15. Although he became the losing pitcher with 4 hits (1 home run), 5 walks, 2 strikeouts, and 5 runs in 3⅔ innings, he showed better performance after that and experienced the joy of his first win in his debut against the Gwangju Lotte Giants on May 3.
Young-Cheol Yoon, who confirmed his potential for growth as a starting pitcher, pitched more than 5 innings in all 5 games in May, and even achieved his first quality start plus in his debut in an away game against SSG Landers on June 6. Although his ups and downs were disappointing, he continued to display his skills and became a part of the starting lineup. As of the 16th, Yoon Young-cheol’s records are 22 games, 106⅔ innings, 8 wins, 6 losses, and an average ERA of 4.22.
In his most recent appearance, against the Gwangju Doosan Bears on the 15th, he performed somewhat poorly, allowing 6 hits (1 home run), 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, and 2 runs in 3⅔ innings. This was the first time in the second half that he failed to last more than four innings. He avoided defeat thanks to the batting line’s scoring support, but as a result, the team used up a lot of the bullpen, and the shock was even greater as they lost 6-8.
Naturally, voices calling for management of Yoon Young-cheol are bound to grow louder. As he continues to play in the rotation, he has already surpassed 100 innings, and considering that he is a rookie pitcher, more and more people are saying that he needs to be managed. Of course, the current performance is important, but in the long term, Yoon Young-cheol is a resource that will be responsible for the team’s future, so the club cannot be unaware of this.
With exactly 27 games left, KIA has clearly established a policy on how to manage Yoon Young-cheol. He won’t pitch more than twice a week for the rest of the season.
Before the 14th game of the season against Doosan was canceled on the 16th due to rain, KIA coach Kim Jong-guk said, “The pitches were high overall. I replaced them early, but it seems there was a tendency for fastballs and breaking balls to be high, so that’s unfortunate. The number of pitches per inning was also low.” “I think there were more than I thought,” he said, recalling Yoon Young-cheol’s pitching from the previous day.
At the same time, Coach Kim, who mentioned ‘Yoon Young-cheol’s management method’, said, “We are planning to move it to Friday. We are thinking of having it come out once a week,” and added, “Because there are games that have been postponed, I think it will come out about 3-4 times in the future.” The coaching staff’s intention is to ease the burden on Yoon Young-cheol by fixing his pitching days.
If all goes according to schedule, Yoon Young-cheol will start against Gwangju KT Wiz on the 22nd, against Gocheok Kiwoom Heroes on the 29th, and against Jamsil LG Twins on the 6th of next month. If the games that were postponed due to rain are rescheduled, it is expected that Yoon Young-cheol will be in charge until the game held on October 12th.
Young-Cheol Yoon has already done his part well and has shown a lot even though it is only his first season. The head coach doesn’t expect much from the left-handed rookie. Coach Kim Jong-guk expressed his expectations for Yoon Young-cheol’s good pitching, saying, “I hope he can empty his mind and throw comfortably. I think he will throw better if he is not greedy.”
A KIA team official said, “Yoon Young-cheol will not play many innings for the remainder of the season,” and added, “The club is also paying close attention (to Yoon Young-cheol).” As the season approaches its end, competition for rankings is in full swing, but the desire for left-handed rookie Yoon Young-cheol to grow has not changed from the beginning of the season to now.