KIA Rookie of the Year Nominee enters special management as ‘Friday’s Man’…”He’s going to play 3-4 games.”
Yoon Young-chul, who joined KIA in the first round (2nd overall) of the rookie draft in 2023 after graduating from Chungam High School, is having a successful season with 8 wins, 6 losses and a 4.22 ERA in 22 games this season.
The fastball speed is not noticeably fast, but it also has stable control and relaxation that is not like a rookie, which is one of the pillars of KIA’s starting lineup.
This year, Yoon Young-chul is playing 106 innings in the first division. He pitched 13 innings in the Futures League. It’s not a lot of innings for veteran starting agents, but some say that they need some management as rookies. In other words, throwing many innings suddenly can lead to injuries. In the same vein, Hanwha limited the number of innings of second-year pitcher Moon Dong-joo this season by 120 innings. Moon Dong-joo threw 118⅔ innings and was excluded from the entry on the 5th.
After starting the game against Doosan in Gwangju on the 15th, the KIA club will also start managing Yoon Young-chul.
Yoon Young-chul allowed six hits (one home run) and two walks, three strikeouts and two runs in 3⅔3 innings against Doosan on the 15th. The number of pitches is 76.
Head coach Kim said, “The restraint was somewhat high, so we replaced it early. Overall, there was a tendency to be high, whether it was a four-seam or a change ball. “There were more pitches than innings,” he said. 스포츠토토
KIA manager Kim Jong-kook said, “I’m going to turn it around on Friday from now on. He said, “I only take the mound once a week.” KIA has a total of 27 games left as the game was canceled on the 16th. If he takes the mound every week, he is expected to be able to take the mound in three to four games.
It’s not an easy decision for KIA either. As they are fiercely fighting for the semifinals, they are in a position to use at least one more solid starting resource. Yoon Young-chul is not an “inning fighter” that blocks six to seven innings, but he used to block five innings without collapsing enough.
Yoon Young-chul is also well aware that the team is an important Sang-hwa. As such, it also means to ensure that the “youngest” Yoon Young-chul does not have too much responsibility.
Head coach Kim said, “I hope I can control it well and empty my mind and throw it comfortably,” and encouraged, “I think I can throw it better if I don’t get greedy.”