The KBO League reverse export myth is still in progress. Despite getting older, he is showing off a more powerful position without aging.메이저놀이터
Arizona Diamondbacks Merrill Kelly started the game against the Milwaukee Brewers held at American Family Field in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA on the 20th (hereinafter Korean time), and had 7 innings, 3 hits, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts and 1 run, a quality start plus (7 innings). With more than 3 earned runs and less) pitching, he led the team to a 9-1 victory. Kelly picked up his 9th win of the season.
He recently had a streak of quality starts in five consecutive games. Kelly’s season record was 9 wins and 3 losses, an ERA of 2.90 (29 earned runs in 90 innings), 35 walks, 96 strikeouts, a WHIP (on-base allowed per inning) of 1.07, and a batting average of .194. The number of wins is currently No. 1 in the National League, and it is a record belonging to the league’s top 5 in most indicators such as ERA, strikeouts, and innings.
In his first 5 games, Kelly had a not bad record with an earned run average of 3.42, but was stuck with 1 win and 3 losses due to a series of bad luck. However, in the following 10 games, with a record of 8 wins and 2 losses and an average ERA of 2.69, he overcame bad luck with his skills and made the record follow.
On this day, Kelly used 34 four-seams, 22 change-ups, 9 cutters, 8 sliders, and 8 curves that reached a maximum of 95.3 miles (153 km). And although he only threw 7, he showed off his pitch, with a sinker stamped to 95.9 miles (154 km).
It is hard to believe that it is a 35-year-old season, and it is showing off its power. The four-seam averages 92.4 mph and the sinker averages 92.5 mph. It is about 148 km. His average velocity is in the bottom 28% of the league. However, the average revolutions per minute (RPM) is 2374, which is in the top 27% of the major leagues. It means that the position does not lag behind at all.
After playing for SK Wyverns (now SSG Landers) in the KBO League from 2015 to 2018, he signed a 2+2 year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks for up to $14.5 million (approximately 18.6 billion won) in 2019, successfully entering the major leagues. made a u-turn Afterwards, there were ups and downs such as injuries, but all four-year contracts were guaranteed. And ahead of this season, he signed a 2+1 year contract worth up to 25 million dollars (approximately 32.1 billion won). He has a two-year guarantee of $18 million and a one-year $7 million option.
Ahead of this season, he will be celebrating his 35-year-old season, but Arizona planted infinite faith in Kelly’s performance and signed a contract with him for up to 7 years, until 2025.
Kelly hadn’t played a single game in her major league career before signing with Arizona. However, he believed in the performance and growth of the KBO League and invested a large amount in a ‘rookie’ in his late 20s. Afterwards, Kelly played a role as a decent starter with a record of 36 wins and 35 losses in 97 games and an average ERA of 3.96, and received a contract for up to three years. Personally, he was selected for the U.S. World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team this year and had the honor of pitching as a starting pitcher in the final match against Japan.
And now, as he approaches his late 30s, he has once again received a large amount of money. Kelly is repaying Arizona’s huge investment with a result that is not a waste, and is creating a miracle of being number one in the district among giant clubs such as the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, and San Francisco Giants.
Arizona’s investment of 50.7 billion is heading to an all-time success, and Kelly has been reborn as a symbol of the KBO league reverse export myth.