Hanwha Eagles Young Gun Moon Dong-ju (20) is attracting the attention of baseball fans with his excellent pitching every day.
On the 20th (Korean time), Moon Dong-ju started a practice game against the Netherlands held at Salt River Fields at Talking Stock in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, and played 2 innings (5 outs based on the number of pitches), 2 strikeouts, 1 walk, and no runs. . He was the pitch that paved the way for Hanwha to win 4-1.
What caught my eye the most was Moon Dong-joo’s fastball, the highest restraint. He recorded 156 km per hour, further raising expectations for his season. From the first pitching of the bullpen in spring camp, he threw a fastball of up to 151 km, and as the preparation period for actual combat approached, he was raising his pace. Last season, due to the aftermath of the injury, he played 13 games, 1 win, 3 losses, 2 holds, 28⅔ innings, and an average ERA of 5.65, damaging his pride as a first-choice rookie.
If the current pace is maintained until the regular season, the Taegeuk mark is no longer a dream. Veteran outfielder Choo Shin-soo토토사이트 (41, SSG Landers) appeared on a Korean-American radio broadcast ahead of spring camp and mentioned Dong-ju Moon while expressing his regret for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) team composition. The main point was to select more young players with great potential like Moon Dong-ju and give them a chance to gain experience on the international stage.
At the time, Choo Shin-soo said, “When I look at Korea while playing, there are an enormous number of young and talented players. If you make such players participate in international competitions from a young age, the feelings and mindset of those players change enormously. For example, Moon Dong-ju’s control They say it’s lacking, but when I saw it, there was no pitcher who threw as much as now.”
While leaving for the United States, Moon Dong-joo strongly said, “I didn’t think I would be selected because I didn’t show anything last year. I have to work hard to represent the country with that level of ability.”
Although the WBC participation was cancelled, there are still opportunities for Moon Dong-ju to wear the Taegeuk mark this year. The Hangzhou Asian Games will be held in September and the APBC will be held in November. Since the Asian Games only consist of players under the age of 25 and the APBC only players under the age of 24, if Moon Dong-ju is selected, there is a high possibility that he will grow into the next national ace.
Of course, it is too early to get excited just by pitching the camp. From the demonstration game to the regular season, there are still tasks to prove on the mound. Stable control that will not be buried is also required. Will Moon Dong-ju be able to continue his spring momentum until his regular season and achieve his dream of becoming a national team player?