Overall 1st place hasn’t even come yet… Exciting, 2023 rookie competition
In the opening entry for this season, 14 newcomers were named, more than last year’s 11. During the 15 days of the opening ceremony, the rookies who received attention in their respective seats held a ceremony.
Among pure rookies who joined this season, KIA’s first round rookie Yoon Young-cheol is the only pitcher who took a starting position and started. Yoon Young-cheol, who made his first mound against Kiwoom on the 15th due to rotation adjustment plus cancellation of rain, resigned with 4 hits, 5 runs and 5 runs in 3.2 innings. He failed to show stable pitching in the demonstration game and had a bad start in his debut match. With the future of the team in mind, the KIA, which picked a high school graduate as the 5th starter, plans to put Yun Young-chul as the starter again during the weekend’s three consecutive matches with Samsung.
Youngjin Song, a rookie in the 2nd round of SSG, was the first among rookies to win. He started the season with a midfielder, but when ace Kim Gwang-hyun left due to injury, he took the mound as a substitute starter in the NC game on the 13th and won with a reversal of 5 innings, no hits, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts and no runs. He pitched well with 4.2 innings, 1 hit and no run despite two early relief pitches, recording an ERA of 0.00.
Quite a few rookies are active as middle relief pitchers.
LG’s 3rd round rookie Park Myeong-geun climbed the mound the most. Park Myeong-keun, who started the season with a long relief and competed for starting positions, pitched in 6 games. Park Myung-geun, who made his debut in the opening game against KT on the 1st and failed to get an outcount and withdrew with 2 hits and 1 walk and 3 runs, showed relatively good performances in the 4 games he played in the middle of the game with no earned points. In the match against Doosan on the 16th, he recorded his first hold, and in the match against Lotte on the 11th, when he started as a substitute starter due to the injury of starter Lee Min-ho, he scored 2 runs in 3 innings.
Lee Ho-seong, a rookie in the first round of the Samsung, pitched 3 hits and 2 runs in 7 innings with a halfway relief pitch in 3 games. Lee Ho-seong, who has increased the number of pitches to move to the starter later, moved to the Futures League on the 16th to prepare for the starter.
SSG 1st round rookie Lee Ro-wun is fighting hard, recording an average ERA of 3.38 with 4 hits and 3 runs (2 earned) in 5.1 innings in 3 games. 토토사이트
Among the batters, Lotte 1st round rookie outfielder Kim Min-seok is playing an unrivaled role by consistently starting. He is 6-for-26 with 5 RBI and 5 runs scored in 10 games.
Pitchers who started the season as a starter among ‘rookies’ are attracting attention. Kang Hyo-jong, who joined LG in the 1st nomination in 2021, Kim Dong-ju, who joined Doosan in the 2nd 1st round, and Moon Dong-ju, who joined Hanwha in the 1st round last year, maintain their rookie qualifications and are active at the beginning of the season.
Kang Hyo-jong threw well with 3 hits and no runs in 5 innings against Kiwoom on the 6th, which was his debut match, and immediately won the start, and Kim Dong-ju also won his first win with 6 scoreless innings in the NC game on the 6th. Moon Dong-joo also captured the league’s attention at once by breaking 160km speed limit for the first time as a Korean pitcher in the match against KIA on the 12th after winning his first game against Samsung on the 6th with 5 scoreless innings.
It is difficult to gauge the competition among rookies at the beginning of the season. As the season progresses, there are dropouts, new competitors appear, and the competitive landscape changes. A rookie who will be a strong variable this season has yet to debut. Kim Seo-hyeon (Hanwha), the first overall rookie in the first round, is continuing her good pitching with an ERA of 1.29, recording 6 hits and 1 run in 5 games and 7 innings in the Futures League. He is preparing to join Hanwha’s exhausting bullpen soon and show his reputation as a fastball rookie.