The potential of Jang Jae-young (21), who is cherished and raised by Kiwoom, is starting to wriggle. After returning to the first team, he is showing growth with stable pitching in 3 consecutive games.
On the 17th, against Hanwha in Daejeon, Jang Jae-young blocked it with 4 hits, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts and no runs in 3⅓ innings. He went down the mound with a 3-0 lead and postponed his debut victory until the next opportunity, but he is building up his confidence little by little and raising expectations.
Jang Jae-young, who struck out Jeong Eun-won and Roh Si-hwan on a swing with a curveball in the first inning, allowed Chae Eun-seong to walk in the second inning, but ended the inning by inducing Moon Hyun-bin to double kill at second base. In the 3rd inning crisis with 2 out 2 and 3 base, Kim Tae-yeon struck out with a low 150km fastball.메이저놀이터
In the 4th inning, leader Noh Si-hwan got a hit, but Chae Eun-seong struck out looking with a slider. When Kim In-hwan grounded second base, Kim Hye-sung made a mistake, and Moon Hyun-bin hit right hand, and was knocked out in a crisis with a bases full, but Yang Hyun prevented the inning without conceding a run, and Jang Jae-young finished the game without a run.
66 total pitches, 39 strikes and 27 balls. He used curves and sliders (more than 13) centered on fastballs (40) with a maximum of 153km and an average of 150km. It was regrettable that he could not finish the 4th inning himself, but he delivered a stable pitch overall. He had no faltering pitches and allowed only one walk.
Jang Jae-young, who drew attention as a fireball prospect who threw the highest 157km during his time at Deoksu High School, joined Kiwoom as the first nomination and received a down payment of 900 million won. The modifier ‘900 million’ was added as the second most new signing money in KBO league history, but until last year, 1 loss and an average ERA of 8.53 without a win in 33 games in the 1st team for 2 years. He struck out 33 in 31⅔ innings, but his pitches were a problem as he walked 31 more than that.
Jina was sent to Geelong Korea in Australia in the winter and showed his growth, starting this season with 5 starts, but became a losing pitcher in all 2 games in April. He was caught on another pitch hunt with 10 walks in 6⅓ innings. He went down to District 2 again and went through adjustments for a month and a half.
Jang Jae-young, who reported returning to the 1st team with 3 innings, 6 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 5 strikeouts and 2 runs against Literature SSG on the 4th, played well against Suwon KT on the 11th with 3 innings, 2 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts and no runs. With the team leading 8-0, the number of pitches was replaced with 52, and there was regret about the first win, but Kiwoom focused on the process rather than the result.
He could entrust a long inning, but he aimed to continue the upward trend by finishing when Jang Jae-young, who had lost control due to mental faltering, finished when he was at his best. Director Hong Won-ki Kiwoom said, “Jae-young Jang is now in his third year. It doesn’t matter what your first win or your ERA is. He emphasized that the content of pitching continues to improve, and it is important that it accumulates.”
After returning to the first team, it is definitely stable with an average ERA of 1.93 with 12 hits, 4 walks, 11 strikeouts and 2 runs in 3 games, 9⅓ innings. No more than two walks in one inning. The appearance of self-destruction with ‘ball ball ball’ has disappeared. Even after the match against Hanwha on the 17th, coach Hong Won-ki said, “Jang Jae-young, the starter, played his role without major ups and downs. He is getting better and better as he plays.”