“Let’s send the 2nd team → NO” Subero asserts that there is more to show, the potential is finally bursting
Hanwha Eagles Young Gun, who made manager Carlos Subero smile, will be on the second starting stage.
Nam Ji-min will start in the face-to-face match against KT Wiz held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 16th.
On the 11th, in a match against KIA held at Gwangju Kia Champions Field, they laid the foundation for the team’s victory by fighting 5 innings, 3 hits, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts and no runs.
At that time, the starting match against Nam Ji-min was Yang Hyeon-jong,스포츠토토 the ‘great pitcher’, and he played a game that was not pushed by him. While throwing a fastball of up to 152 km.
Expectations were high for Nam Ji-min this season. Unfortunately, however, he was not included in the starting rotation and opened with a long relief.
An opportunity came quickly to Nam Ji-min, who was silently preparing for his mound without getting frustrated here. The opportunity to start came with the injury of foreign pitcher Birch Smith. And he made his presence known by pitching well in his first start of the season.
Nam Ji-min will continue to receive starting opportunities until Smith returns.
Nam Ji-min, born in 2001, is a resource that Hanwha hopes will grow into a starting pitcher. He was nominated by Hanwha with the 8th pick in the 2nd first round of the 2020 rookie draft. It is true that he is definitely competitive as he throws a fast ball over 150km/h.
Last year, Nam Ji-min pitched in 22 games, but lost 11 while winning two. He has not been able to achieve satisfactory results with his ups and downs. So, internally, there were opinions that it was necessary to send it to the second group for adjustment.
This is the back story that director Subero himself revealed. He explained, “Last year, there were constant talks about how to get down to Seosan (Hanwha 2nd District).”
However, although coach Subero listens to the opinions of the staff, Nam Ji-min was different. He did not go down to the 2nd division despite the advice of the people around him.
This is because he believed that he would grow further through his experience in the first team. As the commander thought, Nam Ji-min is stepping up step by step.
Coach Subero was delighted and said, “As I watched the SSG match (8th) and the KIA match on the 11th, the times I experienced growing pains last year passed by. I emphasized, but it has finally been caught. There is still more to show,” he said, expressing his anticipation.
This is the second start after receiving rave reviews from the command tower. Attention is focusing on what he will show in this game.