The Hanwha Eagles reactivate the top prospect management plan. Starting pitcher Moon Dong-ju (20) took a break, and bullpen pitcher Kim Seo-hyeon (19) finally made it to the first team.
On the 19th, Hanwha posted first-year right-hander Kim Seo-hyun to the first team entry. Kim Seo-hyun, who graduated from Seoul High School last year, joined Hanwha with the first overall pick in the 2023 rookie draft. It drew attention at once with a light speed ball of 158 km/h in the demonstration game.
However, Hanwha did not put Kim Seo-hyun in the first team right away. He started the 2023 season in the Futures (2nd Division) League, and it seems that he has already ‘conquered’ the 2nd Division. In 5 games, he overpowered batters in the second group with an ERA of 1.29 and 11 strikeouts with 7 innings and 1 hold.스포츠토토
It’s not just because I got good grades. It seems that Hanwha has decided that it has filled the contents that it wanted to experience in the second group. In an interview ahead of the match against Doosan Bears in Daejeon on the 19th, Hanwha coach Carlos Subero said, “I received a report that I did well in the parts I was asked to do in the 2nd team. It fit,” he said. As much as the first team is shaken by bullpen anxiety, it seems that Kim Seo-hyun’s presence will be a source of vitality.
Coach Subero said, “(What I wanted to do in the 2nd team) is accumulating innings. I wanted to accumulate innings little by little in professional games. As a young player, I had to learn by throwing repeatedly on the professional mound. In the case of Kim Seo-hyun, he throws a lot of sliders. 3 He throws the slider even with the ball no strike. There is a desire that batters do not make contact with the ball at all. But then, they ignore the fastball, which is another advantage. I wanted to throw a fastball that is better than the slider. Multi-innings are similar I had to digest it in context.”
It is premature to say that he will be appointed to any position right away. This is because Kim Seo-hyun is a pitcher who has just made her debut in the first team. Coach Subero said, “I want to upload it in a clean situation. Our team has never had a situation where the score gap widened significantly. But if possible, I try to upload Kim Seo-hyun in a comfortable situation.” Also, “It’s really hard to answer (about his position). In terms of talent, Kim Seo-hyun is a player who will become the best finishing pitcher in the KBO League in the future. But there are many steps to climb in order to do so. Kim Seo-hyun’s ability to adapt and the pace at which his performance rises is his role. I will tell you what it is.”
Meanwhile, Mun Dong-ju, who threw perfect pitches with an average ERA of 1.08 in 3 games with the 1st team this season, including a scoreless pitch in 5 and 2/3 innings the previous day, is expunged from the 1st team and is taking a break. He plans to start as soon as he is called up on the 29th, when the 10th is up. Coach Subero said, “It’s a management plan I’ve been making since spring camp. I made three starts, so I took a break. I don’t go like this throughout the season. I’ll adjust according to the situation.” He is a player who has a lot more to do. Helping him show that part is also his role as a leader.” He added, “The starting pitcher to replace the vacant position of Moon Dong-ju is yet to be determined.”