Strongest baseball and professional baseball are very different. KIA Yoon Young-chul tasted bitterness in his first team debut in the KBO League. But hope was also confirmed.
Yoon Young-chul started in an away game against Kiwoom Heroes in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 15th, giving up 5 runs with 4 hits (1 home run) in 3⅔ innings. He had 81 pitches, 43 of which were strikes.
Yoon Young-chul’s greatest strengths have been pin-point control and command since high school. Based on this, he was praised for his clever game management. There are numerous cases where even a decent veteran can’t do this, but Yoon Young-cheol is evaluated as being born.
However, on this day, Yoon Young-cheol’s strength was not shown at all. He can’t overwhelm batters with his fastball in the late 130s to early 140s, so he has to show more sophisticated commands than he did in high school, which is not so easy. This is because no matter how good his control is, he cannot avoid making mistakes. In addition, professional first-team hitters have an excellent ability to connect the ball across the border line with a straight hit.
As soon as the first inning started, he was caught in a play by Yong-gyu and gave up a walk. Lee Hyung-jong, Kim Hye-seong, and Lim Byeong-wook beat him like crazy and allowed 5 runs. After that, though, he didn’t break down anymore. He bravely endured the 2nd and 3rd innings, and also threw well in the 4th inning. He seems to have set the number of pitches to around 80. 먹튀검증
The confrontation with Kim Dong-heon, the battery of the soul, during his time at Chungam High School ended in a draw. In the first inning, he induced a foul fly from the first baseman with a 139km fastball from 1B1S. However, in the 3rd inning, he put in a 137 km fastball in 3B1S and recorded a four ball.
At this time, the referee initially declared a foul, but after an agreement, it was overturned with a sand ball. With this incident, KIA coach Kim Jong-guk strongly appealed to Ham Ji-woong, the umpire. The game was stopped for several minutes due to manager Kim’s appeal, but Yun Young-cheol was always on the mound with a smile on his face. He even had a smile on his face when he got off the mound with two outs in the fourth inning.
When I told Yun Young-chul that it was always good to see a smiling face at the Arizona spring camp last February, he said, “It’s always like that.” In retrospect, that face was the same when facing the Monsters batting lineup of KBO League legend hitters in the JTBC entertainment program Strongest Baseball last year. He had a look that would never come out if he had a bad mentality. There is a high possibility that a player with this personality will quickly forget the bad details and results and focus on preparing for the next game.
He can’t get enough of the first drink. Yoon Young-cheol must have identified the points of improvement. In any case, coach Kim was prepared to give up 3-4 runs in 5 innings, and from this point of view, it was not that sluggish. As for KIA, which has good pitch depth and structure, we can wait for Yun Young-chul to grow.