The first start of his career, against the team he played for just a few weeks ago.
Kiwoom Heroes right-handed pitcher Kim Dong-kyu had a disappointing debut. On the 13th against the LG Twins in Jamsil, Kim gave up five runs on four hits (one home run), three walks, and five strikeouts in two innings.토스카지노
Kim Dong-kyu is a rookie pitcher who was selected by LG in the second round (17th overall) of the 2023 KBO Draft. However, he switched uniforms in the trade between LG and Kiwoom that was finalised on the 29th of last month. LG gave up Kim Dong-gyu, Lee Ju-hyung and a 2024 first-round rookie pick to acquire Choi Won-tae.
Kim Dong-gyu had only made one first-team appearance before the move. In what was effectively a “major tour,” he made one appearance in early June, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and one walk in ⅓ of an inning before being sent back down. He was given a chance to make his first first-team start with a different team.
LG manager Yeom Kyung-yeop was excited about Kim’s potential. “He’s a pitcher with potential if he builds up his stamina a bit. When I looked at his future value, I thought he was a pitcher with the physical condition and talent to consistently throw more than 150 kilometres,” he said, adding, “Kiwoom saw him well and took him.”
For LG, who wanted to win the championship right away, he was a big prospect they were forced to give up as a counter-trade, but there was no disagreement that he was a good resource. Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “I had my own plans for Kim Dong-gyu, starting from the final camp this year, from feeding him a lot and having him do weight training to build up his physique. I was optimistic that it would be okay to look at him as a starter in the future and raise him after 2-3 years.”
On the 13th, the final game of the three-game weekend series between LG and Kiwoom was held at Jamsil Stadium. Kiwoom starter Kim Dong-kyu greeted the LG dugout and fans before pitching. Jamsil=Song Jeong-heon 기자songs@sportschosun.com/2023.08.13/
Kim Dong-kyu made his debut in a Heroes uniform in front of manager Yeom Kyung-yup and the LG squad. However, he was nervous and had a tough time getting the first out. In the bottom of the first inning, Kim Dong-kyu gave up a straight ball to Hong Chang-ki, the first batter, and then was hit by a pitch to Shin Min-jae, the second batter. Shin Min-jae then stole second base and the chaos ensued.
He then walked again to Kim Hyun-soo. After giving up the first run on a wild pitch with the bases loaded, Kim Dong-kyu traded the first out for the second run on a sacrifice fly by Austin Dean. After giving up two runs, he settled down again. With LG hitters batting on fast counts, Oh Ji-hwan and Moon Bo-kyung were caught on outfield flies to end the first inning with two runs.
Ki tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the second. Crisis struck again, as the leadoff hitter Park Dong-won gave up a solo home run to left field, followed by a hit by pitch and a wild pitch. It was a complete misjudgement to allow a double steal of first and third with runners on first and third, especially with Shin Min-jae at the plate. Catcher Kim Dong-heon threw to second base, but it was not enough to stop the runner at third base who had already run home.
After giving up five runs in the second inning, Kim Dong-kyu