“Baby Tiger” Yoon Young-chul (20, Kia), who is preparing for his second year as a professional, fixed his spike strap to soothe his disappointment in his debut season.월카지노도메인
Yoon Young-chul, who is taking training camp at Nabunda Ballpark in Canberra, Australia, warmed up lightly at the bullpen session on Tuesday. “I feel like I’m recovering soon,” he said, adding, “I don’t know if I’m tired because I’m fully rested in the afternoon.”
He threw about 20 pitches on the day, and checked his fastball and curve change-up. The ball control on the outside (based on right-handed hitters) was as good as it flew exactly where the catcher hit the mitt. As a high school graduate (Chungam High School) who joined Kia as the second priority in the first round of the rookie draft last year, he felt relaxed on the mound.
The most impressive part is the timing and balance of pulling the lower body toward the catcher while keeping the weight on the left leg. The so-called balance of the upper body that does not collapse is an essential factor in ball control. Although he is a young pitcher, he seemed to have his own balance, drawing attention.
“I trained by paying attention to balance since I was young,” Yoon said. “Rather than thinking about pinpoints, I pitch by looking at the catcher’s chest protector. When I get the impression that my arm comes out late or the angle is drooping, I adjust and control the ball whenever I feel like it is necessary.” Setting the target wide puts psychological pressure on me. Since the ball is thrown with lower body balance rather than hand technique, paradoxically, it is possible to control pinpoints even when aiming at a large target.
If the team makes good use of its lower body, it can relieve stress on physical stamina. Arm fatigue is also lower than that of pitching centered on the upper body. He pitched 122.1 innings last year, and his speed has reportedly increased thanks to management by refraining from pitching as much as possible from the closing camp. “The speed hit 145 kilometers per hour during the first bullpen session,” a Kia source said.
As Kia has high disappointment, it has high expectations. Notably, Kia boasts so splendid a member that it is called the “super team” this year. Especially, its fielders can be considered the best in the 10 teams. If pitchers keep the least number of goals lost, chances of winning are high. It is in the same vein that LG and KT, which clashed in the Korean Series last year, picked KIA as a strong competitor.
A timid pitcher might think that he can make fielders feel more comfortable when he or she does not give them points. However, he said, “I am not pressured as they can give me more points.” “I must do better than last year. My team will win more games if I improve my personal performance,” he said.
KIA Yoon Young-chul (right) talks with coach Lee Dong-geol during the spring camp at Nabunda Ball Park in Canberra, Australia. Photo | KIA Tigers
He accepted his debut season report card with eight wins and seven losses and an earned run average of 4.04, but he can be assessed to have grown only when he secures more ball power, control and physical strength to become a pitcher with 10 wins and three runs. As he lacks 21.2 innings in regulated innings, his second year of debut deserves a chance to break through regulated innings. He has to take on challenges in many ways.
Except for the two foreign pitchers, Kia’s starting pitchers are mostly left-handed. Considering that Yang is a built-in starter, Yoon Young-cheol should also secure the starting position through competition. “I am the only one who needs to do well,” he seems to have made up his mind.