“The best thrower goes to the bullpen pitcher”
SSG Landers departed for the United States via Incheon International Airport on the 30th to participate in the spring camp in Florida, USA. After the first battery training in Florida, USA, SSG will move to Okinawa, Japan at the end of February to conduct the second battery training. In the second battery training session, we plan to play practice matches against domestic teams.
Spring camp is a period of preparation for this season. Athletes have to make eye contact with their coaches and coaches. In order to be included in the opening entry, you have to show good performances during the spring camp and demonstration games.
Competition for starting pitchers is also expected. After the departure of Wilmer Font and Sean Morrimando, SSG recruited Kirk McCarty and Eni Romero as new foreign pitchers. Both players are left-handed starting pitchers, with McCarty throwing an average fastball of 148 km/h and Romero with a fastball exceeding 150 km/h that can put pressure on hitters.
Along with the two players, ace Kim Gwang-hyeon is also expected to occupy a spot in the starting rotation. Kim Gwang-hyun, who returned to SSG last season, recorded an average ERA of 2.13 with 153 strikeouts in 28 games, 13 wins, 3 losses, 48 runs (41 ERA) in 173⅓ innings. He showed his ace-down side by ranking tied for 4th in most wins, 2nd in earned run average, and 2nd in winning percentage.
There is also Oh Won-seok. Oh Won-seok, who entered his fourth year as a pro, recorded an average ERA of 4.50 last season with 79 runs (72 ERA) in 31 games (24 starts), 6 wins, 8 losses, and 144 innings. Oh Won-seok fought well in the 3rd game of the Korean Series against Kiwoom Heroes. He allowed 1 run (1 earned), 5 hits, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts in 5⅔ innings. He didn’t become the winning pitcher, but he did a great job helping the team win.
Moon Seung-won and Park Jong-hoon, who returned from rehabilitation last season, are also waiting to be selected. Moon Seung-won, who played an active role as a bullpen pitcher last season, recorded an average ERA of 5.11 with 1 win, 1 loss, 3 holds, 3 saves, 15 runs (14 ERA) in 23 games. Park Jong-hoon’s record as a starting pitcher is 3 wins, 5 losses in 11 games, 48 innings, 34 runs (32 ERA), and an average ERA of 6.00. 안전놀이터
Six pitchers compete for a spot in the starting rotation. Coach Won-hyung Kim, who met with reporters before departure, said, “There are two foreign players, (Kim) Kwang-hyeon, (Moon) Seung-won, (Oh) Won-seok, and (Park) Jong-hoon. The best player will go to the bullpen. Nothing has been decided yet. “I don’t know what the variables will be.”
He also opened his mouth about Moon Seung-won and Park Jong-hoon. Director Kim said, “Seung-won and Jong-hoon are in their second year of returning after surgery. They played some games last year and have a sense of actual combat.” “At the end of spring training or when you go into exhibition games, the best player will go to the bullpen.”