He continued to play as a bullpen pitcher for his original team. However, after wearing the LG Twins uniform as a reward player, a golden opportunity to change the selection came under the command tower’s trust. Will he be able to find a place in the starting lineup for LG? This is the story of Kim Yoo-yeong (28), the ‘new groom’ who recently got married.
In this Stove League, instead of sending FA (free agent) hostess Yoo Kang-nam to the Lotte Giants, LG brought in free agent Park Dong-won, the main catcher for the KIA Tigers.
KIA chose Kim Dae-yu, one of the pitchers responsible for LG’s waist, as Park Dong-won’s reward player. And LG chose Kim Yoo-young, who was also active in the Lotte Giants, a bullpen resource, as a compensation player for Yoo Kang-nam.
Kim Yoo-young wore the giant corps uniform as the first nomination in 2014. After graduating from Gyeongnam High School, Kim Yu-young appeared in 197 games in 6 seasons from 2014, recording 7 wins, 3 losses, 18 holds and 1 save, and an ERA of 5.64.
He had a career high season this year. He participated in 68 games, the most in a single season for an individual, and posted a record of 6 wins, 2 losses, 13 holds, and an earned run average of 5.65.
Although he played an active role as a bullpen pitcher in Lotte, starting pitcher Kim Yoo-young may be seen next season in LG. This is because of director Yeom Kyung-yeop’s strategic judgment. Director Yeom said, “Kim Yoo-young has the talent to spread the ball even as a starter.”
One of the conditions that a starting pitcher must have is the stamina to throw a lot of balls. Manager Yeom saw that Kim Yoo-young’s pitching style could be suitable for a starting pitcher. Director Yeom analyzed, “Kim Yoo-young is not the type to throw the ball only with strength. So, even if the number of pitches increases, the speed does not decrease.” 스포츠토토
If Yoo-Young Kim secures a spot in the LG starting lineup, he could be the best-case scenario. LG has a powerful one-two punch in Casey Kelly and Adam Plutko. The two combined for 31 wins last season. However, Kim Yun-shik and Lee Min-ho, who are considered the 3rd and 4th starters, still have less experience than the native pitchers of other teams. In the next season, Kim Yun-shik and Lee Min-ho will both be in their 4th year as pros. On the other hand, Kim Yoo-young will be a professional pitcher for 10 years next year.
In addition to Kim Yun-sik, Lee Min-ho, and Kim Yoo-young, LG will compete for selection in the spring camp with veterans Lim Chan-gyu, Kang Hyo-jong, Lee Ji-gang, and Kim Young-jun. Of course, the more starters, the better. Coach Yeom also said, “I think we should make about eight starting pitchers by next year’s spring camp.” In September next year, the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games will be held. As a result, LG is likely to leave its main players, and coach Yeom is preparing in advance.
Kim Yoo-young has experience as a starter in only 1 game out of 197 in her career (against KIA on June 14, 2017). At the time, she gave up 4 hits, 3 strikeouts and 1 run in 5 innings. Will Kim Yoo-young’s selection conversion win rate work? Attention is focusing on what kind of pitching Kim Yu-young, who signed a 100-year anniversary on the 10th, will unfold next season.