“Because he is a player who throws about 155 to 156 km. I think he has become a more complete pitcher than when he was on our team.”
Doosan Bears ace Raul Alcantara (31) pitched in the bullpen for the first time on the 4th at Blacktown Baseball Stadium in Blacktown, Sydney, Australia. Many people wondered what kind of experience Alcantara has accumulated in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) over the past two years and returned. Head coach Lee Seung-yeop, pitching coach Jung Jae-hoon, and battery coach Yuji Serizawa, who are always at the bullpen pitching pitch, as well as head coach Kim Han-soo, stepped forward.
Head coach Kim Han-soo decided to take charge of the fielders in this spring camp. Head coach Lee Seung-yeop decided to intensively check the pitchers for the idea of the mound, and naturally, head coach Kim came to direct the fielders’ training overall. So, it was a bit unusual for assistant coach Kim to appear in the bullpen pitching field스포츠토토 .
Alcantara threw 25 balls and checked his fastball and forkball. He focused on finding the location or sense while using only 50-55% of his strength. It was also meaningful for him to work with Yang Eui-ui (36), the master of the home, for the first time. When Alcantara was active as a 20-win ace at Doosan in 2020, Eui-ji Yang had transferred to NC Dinos as a free agent, so he had never matched a battery pair.
Yang Eui-ji continued to shout “Good!” to Alcantara’s ball, and after pitching, he said, “What kind of feedback do you want in the future? Let’s gradually devise a strategy on how to use the pitches we have.
Pitching coach Jeong Jae-hoon said that Alcantara seems to have come back better than in 2020. Coach Jeong said, “I am a player who throws between 155 and 156 km. It was an outgoing style. It seems that he learned more breaking balls while playing in Japan. According to himself, he said his splitter (forkball) was more refined while playing in Japan.”
Director Lee Seung-yeop also viewed Alcantara positively. Coach Lee said, “I saw Alcantara as a commentator. I can’t say my skills have declined because I’ve been playing in the top league (NPB) for two years. I’m 31 now. I don’t think there is any doubt.”
“The Japanese experience is not negative. I don’t want to admit it, but (NPB) is above. Pitchers will be picky. It must have been difficult to cut the ball that would swing and watch and pick out the ball that would swing. Wasn’t it the same for Angel Sanchez, who went to Yomiuri Giants after playing for SK Wyverns (currently SSG Landers)? Alcantara usually went out in Japan as a middle pitcher, but I think he did not come after a good study. It seems,” he added.