One of the expected factors for the 2023 season of the Doosan Bears, led by new manager Lee Seung-yeop (47), is a solid starting rotation.
Raul Alcantara (32), who led the team to the Korean Series stage with 20 wins in the 2020 season, returned after 3 years, and Dylan Pyle (28), who challenged the KBO League, also received passing marks in both pitching and breaking pitching skills in bullpen pitching.
The face of domestic starting pitchers is also splendid. Starting pitchers 1 through 4 have already been confirmed, including native ace Choi Won-joon (29) and right-hander Gwak Bin (24), who has been reborn as a national pitcher. Due to Kwak Bin’s participation in the WBC, rotation adjustments are needed at the beginning of the opening season, but the mound management framework has been established to some extent.
Director Lee acknowledged that the owners of the 1st to 4th selections were virtually hidden, saying, “If there is no problem with the condition or physical condition, we will try to organize a starting rotation with two foreign pitchers, Choi Won-joon and Kwak Bin.”
Now, the focus is on the 5 starters. Choi Seung-yong (22), Kim Dong-ju (21), Park Shin-ji (24), and Lee Byung-hun (20), various candidates are expected to compete in good faith until the demonstration game in March through the spring camp.
In terms of experience, Choi Seung-yong, who climbed the mound in all weather last year, is the most advanced. Choi Seung-yong is also not hiding his greed while sweating in Sydney with the goal of entering the 5th starting lineup.
Director Lee also said, “Choi Seung-yong, Kim Dong-ju, and Park Shin-ji are the 5 starting candidates, but when it comes to the left and right balance, it is helpful for Choi Seung-yong to enter the rotation.” indicates 바카라
But if Choi Seung-yong can’t show an edge over his rivals, he can’t be optimistic about a 5th start. Lee said, “Choi Seung-yong’s stamina is still weak and his changeup isn’t perfect,” and clearly emphasized the points of improvement, saying, “Because his repertoire is simple, he should be able to throw a variety of pitches.”
The growth of Kim Dong-joo in the third year is also clear, so director Lee can think happily. On the 15th, Kim Dong-joo was selected as the Distinguished Player with perfect pitches in 2 innings, 1 hit, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, and no runs in his own Cheongbaek Match.
Right-handed orthodox Kim Dong-ju is 190cm tall and has a strong fastball from a high RBI. There is a positive evaluation that he has improved the perfection of breaking balls such as sliders and forkballs throughout the winter.
Park Shin-ji’s unstable control is considered a weakness, but his pitch alone is competitive. In Cheongbaekjeon, he jumped into the competition for the 5th selection while recording a fastball speed of 146 km.