LG Twins coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop had a crush on a pitcher during the Arizona spring camp. It is Kang Hyo-jong, who was the first designated pitcher in 2021. He was in the back, although he was a top 5 starter before camp, but after a month or so he was at the front.
Manager Yeom said, “In this demonstration game,안전놀이터, Kang Hyo-jong, Kim Yu-young, and Park Myeong-geun will compete as starting pitchers.” As the 5 candidates are gradually selected, only the final test is left.
Kang Hyo-jong’s final gateway appearance was unexpected. Kang Hyo-jong was a promising player with a fast ball, but he couldn’t play well in his first year due to an injury. Still, he came up to the first team at the end of last year’s season and enjoyed the joy of a winning pitcher by allowing 2 runs in 5 innings against the Changwon NC Dinos on October 7th. His fast pace of 150 km, his top at the time, was attractive.
Director Yeom found his potential in data. Manager Yeom said, “Last year, coach Kim Kyung-tae corrected the arm angle, and this had a tremendous effect.” However, the numbers Kang Hyo-jong shows now are at a level that guarantees success, even better than our ace Kelly.” So far the appearance is smooth. As his release point became constant, his control also improved.
Now all that remains is to show it in practice. It is a test of how well you throw the ball you have in real life. Director Yeom said, “Now, it is important how much this comes out in real life,” and “I think the mentality is important.”
One of Yeom’s biggest worries is the domestic selection team. Among various types of candidates, such as right-hander Kang Hyo-jong with fastball, left-hander Kim Yu-yeong, and sidearm Park Myung-geun, who will receive a letter of acceptance in the demonstration game?