The main task for the Doosan Bears to solve through the upcoming spring camp and exhibition games is to find a closing pitcher.
Last year, Doosan appointed Hong Geon-hee (32) and Jeong Cheol-won (25) as closing pitchers. During the first half of the season, Hong Geon-hee defended his team’s back door, and during the second half of the season, Jeong Cheol-won took the mound mostly.
However, neither pitcher gave the team a deep sense of trust.
Hong, who started this season as a closing pitcher last year, posted 22 saves to set the record for most saves by an individual player in a single season. However, his ERA soared to 7.45 in August due to a decline in stability, and he eventually gave up his closing position.
Chung Cheol-won, the “reliable man” who acquired 11 holds to renew the mood, stepped up as a new closing pitcher, but failed to withstand the burden. He had nine blon saves (failed save) and became the No. 1 player in the league. With 13 saves, Chung had little presence in the league even after posting his first double-digit save since his debut.헤라카지노주소
After failing to secure Jung Chul-won, Doosan plans to select a closing pitcher after holding exhibition games with spring camp. “I am talking with coach Cho Woong-cheon about a closing pitcher. We will decide after holding exhibition games with spring camp,” Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop said in a recent interview with reporters.
While Doosan’s competition to become closer is expected to intensify, Hong Geon-hee and Jung Cheol-won are still strong candidates. Hong Gun-hee made a total of 49 saves as he completed his finishing duties for two consecutive seasons. Chung, who gained experience last year, is expected to display improved game management and crisis management skills this year.
In addition to them, veteran Kim Kang-ryul (36), who played at the end of the 2021 season, and Kim Taek-yeon (19), who was selected as the second overall pick in the first round in the 2024 KBO rookie draft, are mentioned as candidates.
Kim Kang-ryul, who achieved a total of 45 saves, secured 21 saves in 2021, which left an impressive impact. At the end of last season, he played in the ninth inning on behalf of Jung Cheol-won, who suffered ups and downs.
Kim Taek-yeon, who will debut this year, is already considered to be the next finisher. If Kim Taek-yeon proves her competitiveness in spring camps and exhibition games, there is a possibility that she will be able to secure a position quickly.