Lefty Kim Yeong-gyu (23), who plays the role of Pil Seung-jo of the NC Dinos, is moving towards his goal step by step.
Kim Young-kyu’s expression is bright. It’s because he’s been doing well lately. Efforts during off-season, camp, practice games, and demonstration games are leading to results on the mound.
Before the third match of the season against SSG Landers held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 16th, he said, “The record is good now, and it is still in the early stages, but the team is also building a good number of wins, so I feel good.”
NC won a winning series against SSG in three consecutive weekend matches. He’s been winning the last 2 games. In terms of ranking, it is tied for second place with the LG Twins following first place SSG.
The driving force behind NC’s competitive edge at the top lies in its solid mound. The average ERA of the NC team was 2.49 until the 16th, the lowest among the 10 teams in the league.
Coach Kang In-kwon said, “Everyone is doing their part beyond expectations.” Strengthening the bullpen is a top priority. However, more than expected, our players are doing well now,” he praised.
Kim Young-kyu is also playing a part in helping NC run a solid bullpen. Coach Kang said the bullpen pitchers, including Kim Young-gyu, “seem to have improved mentally. He throws his ball from the mound. Bullpen pitchers are growing,” he said proudly.
It’s still early in the season. There will be ups and downs as we play through the long season ahead. However, the club’s evaluation is that “it has become sharper than last year and seems to have more room.”
Kim Young-gyu, who joined the pros in 2018 after graduating from Gwangju Jeil High School, was a stone the club had high expectations for메이저놀이터. Although he is not a fast-paced pitcher, he is evaluated as a pitcher who has the ability to control the game and knows how to fight hitters. He also has excellent control.
It shows improvement every year. After debuting in the first team in 2019, I saw it as a starting point, and then saw utilization in the bullpen, and from last year, I started to protect the NC waist in earnest.
In 72 games last year, he recorded 2 wins, 7 losses, 1 save and 13 holds, and an earned run average of 3.41. He accumulated double-digit holds for the first time and also dropped his earned run average to 5 for the third consecutive season.
Early this season, he has 2 holds and 0 earned run average in 6 games. He threw 7 innings, striking out 6 and giving up no runs. He only gave up two walks.
Kim Young-gyu said, “It seems that I have accumulated experience by throwing a lot in the start and in the middle. He still has a long way to go, but he seems to be getting better little by little as he examines and fills in his shortcomings as he plays season after season.”
He is also constantly analyzing how to fight opponents. He said, “In the power analysis part, it also informs the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses well.”
At this rate, Kim Young-gyu is well qualified to participate in the Asian Games in Hangzhou, which will be held in September. Kim Young-kyu expressed his desire to participate in the Asian Games from the beginning of this year.
Based on age 24 and under. Kim Young-kyu is 23 years old. If he continues to do his part in good health before the competition, he has the possibility of wearing the Taegeuk mark.
As we go through the next season, we will face difficulties, but we think positively and try not to worry. He said, “I believe in myself that I have worked hard to prepare. Because of that, I think good days will come and I will spend the season like that.”