‘Seize the mentality of Jang Jae-young’ Director and coach also took off their feet → Debut first win in 820 days ‘fruitful’

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Lee Jae-won made a long-awaited start as the second left fielder against Jamsil KT on the 4th. On this day, KT selected left-hander Benjamin. It was considered that Lee Jae-won, a right-handed hitter, had a good performance against Benjamin with 2 hits in 4 at-bats (1 home run).

However, the results were not good. Rather than his opponent’s performance, Lee Jae-won’s recent sluggish batting continued.

Lee Jae-won was out with a fly ball to center fielder after one out in the first inning. LG pursued 2-4 with Hong Chang-ki’s 2 RBIs and 2 bases in the 2nd inning. Jae-Won Lee entered the plate at second base safely, and the runner advanced to third base due to an error in the pitcher’s check on a two-ball, two-strike. However, Lee Jae-won failed to score a sacrifice hit and withdrew by striking out on a swing.

Lee Jae-won was also out with 2nd out and 1st base in the 5th inning as he struck out on a swing. Then he was replaced by Moon Seong-joo during the defense in the 6th inning.

Before the game, head coach Yeom Kyung-yeop mentioned Lee Jae-won. He said that if Lee Jae-won’s hitting feeling improves, the frequency of appearances will increase. Director Yeom said, “When Lee Jae-won goes on a business trip, Park Hae-min and Hong Chang-ki can take a break and arrange their stamina. He said, “If you hit a certain amount in July and August, the frequency of business trips will increase.”

When the heat wave starts, the role of backup becomes important. This is because we have to pay attention to preventing injuries while arranging the physical strength of key players.

Manager Yeom said, “Lee Jae-won has not been very good lately, so I trained more than participating in games. He trained a lot indoors with Son Ho-young on a schedule of going to work early and leaving work late. The hitting coaches had a lot of trouble,” he said.

Lee Jae-won hit a double in his first at-bat against Doosan on June 18 and went 4 at-bats without a hit. After that, it was a no-hit slump in 18 consecutive at-bats until the 5th against KT. 2 walks, 1 sacrifice fly, no hit in 15 at-bats.

On June 27, he played as a substitute against SSG in Incheon and scored 1 RBI with a sacrificial fly to center fielder with 1 bases loaded. The large foul home run hitting the side of the left pole before the sacrifice hit was impressive.

He has the power to hit a ball that looks like a bullet if it hits the center of the bat, and hits a long hit with great distance. I hit two home runs against KT in mid-May, and the distances were 136m and 121m. His exit velocity was over 175 km/h.

Director Yeom mentioned Park Byeong-ho’s power and compared it to Lee Jae-won. He acknowledged the potential that he could become the ‘second Park Byeong-ho’. After his last season, he was about to enlist in the military, but gave up his support for the Sangmu baseball team and stayed.

However, he is batting 6-for-3 (1-for-16) in his last 10 games, batting 1.7 for 6 (12-for-68) and 3 home runs OPS of .619 in 33 games this season. Lee Jae-won, who suffered side injuries twice during spring camp and demonstration games, felt regretful that he suffered a thigh muscle injury at the end of May. Since returning in early June, he has been sluggish with 2 hits in 31 at-bats (batting average of 6 and 5 runs).

“In a way, it’s not a big deal, but I was too bad before that…”

Kiwoom Heroes right-handed pitcher Jang Jae-young (21) expressed his impressions of his first win through the club’s YouTube channel. However, all the members of Kiwoom were happy with that minor record, and there was a reason for that.

Jang Jae-young came out as a starting pitcher in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League regular season home game against the NC Dinos at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 5th and led Kiwoom to a 2-0 victory with 2 hits, 4 hits, 7 strikeouts and no runs in 5⅓ innings.

It was pitching with a unique fastball. On this day, Jang Jae-young recorded the most pitches in an individual game with a powerful pitch. He threw a total of 92, including a four-seam fastball (70 pitches), a slider (15 pitches), and a curveball (7 pitches) at a top speed of 154 km/h, breaking the record for the most innings and strikeouts in one individual game.

This is the first win of the season, achieved 820 days after the Gocheok KIA Tigers match on April 6, 2021. Jang Jae-young, who graduated from Galsancho-Shinwol Middle School-Deoksu High School, joined Kiwoom as the first nomination for the 2021 rookie draft. Since his days at Deoksu High School, he has been attracting attention from major league teams by using fast balls in the mid-150 km/h and curves with large drops, but the growing pains were greater than expected.

pitching was a problem. Until last year, he recorded an average ERA of 8.53 in 33 games, but while digesting 31⅔ innings, he had 35 pitches (31 walks and 4 balls that fit the body), more than innings. However, he could not easily give up even Kiwoom. Jang Jae-young caught as many strikeouts (33) as four sand dunes during the same period. During his training, even the coaching staff, which were full of former professional players, threw a powerful ball that surprised them, saying, “It’s bloody.”

The team saw that the psychological problem was bigger than the problem of the pitching mechanism. From the finish camp in 2021, Shin Seong-young (47), the pitching coach of the first team at the time, started to manage Jang Jae-young’s mentality with a one-on-one exclusive mark. Director Hong Won-ki (50), who has a qualification as a first-class psychological counselor, guided Jang Jae-young with positive words rather than negative ones. Ahn Woo-jin (24) and Lee Jung-hoo (25), the pillars of fighting and hitting, became Jang Jae-young’s mentors.

The efforts of all members over a year blossomed through the experience of Geelong Korea last winter in Australia. While Kiwoom was at Geelong Korea, he offered to pitch and hit, and Jang Jae-young, who had no choice but to succeed as a pitcher, experienced how his ball could look through his at-bat experience. The appearance of foreign hitters who are actively running at him also greatly helped him to be confident in his ball.

The beginning of the 2023 season, which started with such confidence, did not look very different. In his appearance as a starter, he gave up five walks in two games in April and went down to the Futures League. he didn’t give up Even in the Futures League, in June, when he came up again after receiving selection classes, the results began to appear on the mound.

He wasn’t overpowered or made an impact. It was clear that he focused on the ball rather than the fastball with his maximum speed of 155 km/h while digesting 3 innings each. However, the number of walks significantly decreased to 1-2 per game, and the number of innings gradually increased. On the 23rd of last month, against the Gocheok Doosan Bears, he also met the requirements for a winning pitcher with 5 innings and 1 run for the first time since his debut. A situation where he only needs to take one more step to his first win. The opposing starting pitcher was Eric Peddy (30), who is regarded as the league ace with an average ERA of 1.61 with 11 wins and 1 loss in 13 games. It was a difficult opponent to win, but he continued a tight match with pitching comparable to Pedi.

Jang Jae-young, who started with a three-way offense in the first inning, faced a first crisis by giving a left-handed hit to Kwon Hee-dong and a walk to Jason Martin in the second inning. From this point on, it began to show a different appearance than before. He struck out Hyeongjun Yun on a swing by mixing a slider at the speed of 130 km/h, and then induced two strikeouts on swings in a row by Cheon Jae-hwan in the same way. In the game with Park Se-hyeok, he only counted strikes with a straight ball, but caught a looking strikeout with a curve that fell toward his body on the 4th pitch.

He also had defensive help. In the third inning, in a crisis faced by Kim Joo-won’s walk and Son Ah-seop’s heavy hit, Jang Jae-young instinctively caught Seo Ho-cheol’s grounder hitting him. The throw thrown straight to second base escaped greatly and almost became a bad throw, but second baseman Kim Hye-seong caught it and connected it with a double hit. In the game with Park Min-woo, as in the second inning, Park Se-hyuk, he caught a strike with a fastball and then ended the inning by inducing a miss with a swing ball (slider) that fell toward the body.

It went smoothly after that. In the 4th inning, Woong-Bin Kim’s 2 RBIs and a timely hit broke out, and Jae-Young Jang once again completed the 5th inning with a tripartite withdrawal and met the requirements for the first win. Yang Hyun (1⅔ innings), Kim Jae-woong (1 innings), and Lim Chang-min (1 innings) blocked him after he came down the mound in the 6th inning, and Jang Jae-young won his first win in his debut. In Kiwoom Dugout, every time the out count increased one by one in the 9th episode, Jang Jae-young glanced at him. During the interview with the best player, there were also players who were flustered, unlike a team that had been showered with congratulatory water a lot. Since they are players who are well aware of Jang Jae-young’s efforts toward his first victory, he was more sincere than anyone else in this celebration.

There is no way that Jang Jae-young does not know the feelings of his colleagues. After the game, he said on the club’s YouTube, “Actually, I didn’t expect to win because the opposing pitcher (Peddy) is a really good pitcher. . Now I think I’ve helped the team, so I’m very satisfied with that,” he smiled broadly.

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