First live up to 145km ‘bang’… ‘KIA→Hanwha’ Fireballer reflection “lack of speed”
Will Hanwha Eagles right-handed pitcher Han Seung-hyeok (30) wear a new uniform and show his potential?
Han Seung-hyuk started his first live pitching on the 18th at Bellbank Park, Mesa, Arizona, USA. He checked various pitches, including fastballs, two-seams, sliders, curveballs, and forkballs. His highest speed was 145 km.
Han Seung-hyeok, a graduate of Deoksu High School, was nominated by the KIA in the 1st round (8th place) in 2011. Expectations were high for him, as he had tremendous potential in the mid-150km coveted by the major leagues.
However, in his 12 years, he only went 18-24 with 19 holds and 2 saves, and an earned run average of 5.84. He was a fire bowler who threw 157 km, but his sky did not give him pitches. Two years ago, he reduced his speed and changed his pattern to more pitches and more variety. Last year, he made it into the starting rotation for the 스포츠토토first time in his debut, but his first rotation was not easy. He was pushed out after less than a month.
Han Seung-hyuk, who recorded an average ERA of 5.27 with 4 wins and 3 losses last season, wore a Hanwha uniform through a post-season trade. And he’s on the spring camp roster and is sweating in America.
Hanwha has set a long-term goal of forming a strong starting lineup centered on native pitchers. The current native ace is Kim Min-woo, but it is important for pitchers who throw fast balls to show off their potential and establish themselves as starters. Of course, Han Seung-hyuk was included in the idea. From the time of the trade, Hanwha considered Han Seung-hyuk as a reserve starting resource.
General Manager Son Hyuk evaluated, “As a starting resource with experience in starting 16 games last season, he is a player who can play a variety of roles on our team’s mound with many young players.”
He is already fast enough to show 146 km velocity in bullpen pitching. Among the coaching staff, there was an evaluation that it was okay to slow down the pace a little.
Now it’s in practice mode. Various pitches were checked. But I am not satisfied.
Han Seung-hyuk said, “It was my first live pitching, but I was not very satisfied because I felt that the speed was still lacking when I rotated my body.”
As there is still a spring camp period left, he plans to raise it through training. Han Seung-hyuk said, “I think he needs more individual training. He goes into actual combat mode, but he wants to supplement the parts that he personally needs a little more.”