2nd year in Australia ‘debut first win + ERA 1.42’… KIA’s secret weapon, the bullpen’s core rises

‘Left-handed prospect’ Choi Ji-min (20) finally won his first win.

Choi Ji-min pitched in relief in an away game against Samsung Lions in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 16th, recording 1⅓ innings, 2 hits, 1 strikeout and no run.

At the end of the 6th inning,먹튀검증 when the team was trailing 1-2, Choi Ji-min, who climbed the mound following starting pitcher Sean Anderson at 2 out 1 base, ended the inning by treating Kim Young-woong as a 3 baseman floating ball in the first pitch

. and succeeded in reversing 8-2. In the bottom of the 7th inning, Choi Ji-min kept the mound. Choi Ji-min blocked lead hitter Lee Seong-gyu with a straight hit to third baseman, then allowed a heavy hit to Kim Ji-chan.

Afterwards, Lee Jae-hyun struck out on a swing, but he dedicated a left-handed hit to Jose Pirella and was driven into a crisis with 2 out on 1st and 2nd base. Choi Jimin was not shaken. He escaped the hurdle by treating follow-up hitter Ja-wook Koo as a floating ball in left field. Choi Ji-min passed the baton to Lim Ki-young in the 8th inning to finish the mound.

On this day, Choi Ji-min pitched a good pitch with 2 hits, 2 hits, 1 strikeout and no run in 1⅓ innings. The team won 8-2, giving Choi Ji-min his first career win. This year’s record is 1.42 ERA in 19 innings with 1 win and 1 hold in 15 games.

It is very different from a year ago.

Choi Ji-min, from Gangneung High School, was nominated by the KIA in the 5th overall in the first round last year and joined the team. He was sluggish with an earned run average of 13.50 in a total of six games. In 6 innings, he allowed 12 hits and 6 walks on 4 balls, realizing the high wall of a professional. His four-seam fastball had a top speed of 143 km/h and an average speed of 141.1 km/h (based on Sports To Eye). His speed, pitch, and grades did not live up to expectations.

Choi Ji-min became a ‘Fireballer’ this year. For the first time in his life, he even took up to 150 km.

Now it has become an axis of the KIA bullpen.

Choi Ji-min explained, “Last year, I went down to the second team and trained intensively. Based on that, I gained confidence by going to Australia and throwing, and his speed improved.”

He has a 1.53 earned run average with 1 hold in 14 games this season. He is increasingly used in critical situations. And he even won his first win in his debut.

Closing pitcher Jeong Hae-young congratulated Ji-min Choi by spraying him with water. Choi Ji-min showed confidence, saying, “My strength is to compete with confidence. Even if I go up at an important moment, I don’t feel any pressure. I only think about preventing this situation.” I want to,” he said, promising.

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