Shall we show the effect of fostering?
The Kia Tigers will take 18 pitchers to Arizona spring training on February 1st. The spring camp roster is the power to use in the first team this year. Therefore, it is an important motivator for players. For the pitching staff, players who played an active role in the first team last year, such as Yang Hyeon-jong, Lee Eui-ri, Lim Ki-young, Lee Jun-young, Yoon Joong-hyun, Jeon Sang-hyun, and Jung Hae-young, were named.
In particular, left-hander Kim Dae-yu, who was recruited as a compensation player for FA Park Dong-won, who transferred to LG, and Kim Seung-hyun, who was released from Samsung and recently signed with KIA, were included in the list. Among the rookies, Yoon Young-chul is the only one to participate. I can see the name of Kim Ki-hoon, who threw a hot ball after being discharged last year. They are pitchers who become a new force.
Two very unfamiliar names also stand out. They are right-handers Song Hu-seop (25) and Lee Tae-gyu (22). Even after a considerable amount of time has passed since joining, there is almost no performance in the first team. Nevertheless, he was proudly invited to the 1st team spring camp. These are the trainees of the Futures Team Hampyeong Academy, which the club has been fostering since last year. 온라인바카라
Song Hoo-seop, from Gaeseong High School in Busan, was nominated in the 2nd 5th round in 2017. He is 189 cm tall and weighs 95 kg. He completed his military service as a social worker. He only played 1 first team game in 6 years until last year. He took the mound in the 9th inning against Incheon SSG on September 9 last year, got 1 out count, gave up 4 hits, 1 walk and 1 walk, and gave up 6 runs.
He diligently improved his pitch at the academy and debuted in the first team, but it was an ordeal. According to the club’s public relations team, through systematic and intensive training, his speed, which was only around 140 km before enlistment, has increased to a maximum of 152 km. Coach Kim Jong-guk believed that there was enough potential for growth, and included him in the Arizona spring camp list following last year’s Jeju finish camp. This is an important opportunity for me personally.
Lee Tae-gyu, from Jangan High School in Suwon, raised expectations as a promising player in the 2nd and 3rd rounds of 2019. He failed to make his first team debut for four years, including his military service (active duty). His career record with the Futures is just 15 games. He also pitched in two games last year. He is skinny, weighing only 72 kg for his great height (189 cm). He is also steadily bulking up.
He was selected as a student at Hampyeong Academy and worked hard to improve his restraint. Through steady training, he also showed an augmentation effect from around 140 km to a maximum of 153 km. He joined Geelong Korea and pitched sluggishly, giving up 16 runs in 14 innings in 6 games. However, he also showed off the power of striking out 18 strikeouts. He is a raw stone with many things to refine, including his breaking ball and pitch, but he was included in the camp roster with potential.
Including the two pitchers, Na Yong-gi, Choi Ji-min, and Choi Yong-joon (withdrew) were trainees at the training academy last year. After taking office as general manager Jang Jeong-seok, he opened an academy to intensively nurture promising pitchers. He raised pitchers’ speed through state-of-the-art data analysis and customized training. Therefore, in this spring camp, the growth of Song Hu-seop and Lee Tae-gyu is also considered one of the highlights.