Hanwha’s 8-day 9G push, second-year ‘150km’ first-rounder Park Jun-young gets a chance to start
Rain forced Hanwha to play nine games in eight days, including a doubleheader. Pitching prospects will be given a chance to test the waters.
Hanwha’s game against KT in Daejeon, which was canceled due to rain on the previous day (16th), has been scheduled for Monday, the 18th. As a result, the team will play nine games in eight days, starting with a doubleheader against KT on the 17th and ending with LG Electronics in Jamsil on the 24th.
For the doubleheader, Ricardo Sanchez will start the first game and Han Seung-ju will start the second game. Lee Tae-yang will start against KT on the 18th, and from the 19th against SSG in Daejeon, the rest of the starters except Felix Peña will be decided based on the game situation. On the 23rd and 24th, Sanchez and Lee Tae-yang will start for LG Electronics in Jamsil.
Hanwha manager Choi Won-ho said, “I think we should start Kim Ki-jung, Nam Ji-min, and Park Joon-young. We won’t start them on a specific date, but we will give them a break after looking at their pitch count. I will wait in the bullpen and adjust my condition two to three days before the start.” “Sanchez and Lee Tae-yang will pitch twice (during the nine-game series). I think we can start with seven guys.” Sanchez, Lee Tae-yang, Peña and Han Seung-ju will be joined by Kim Ki-jung, Nam Ji-min and Park Joon-young.
Left-hander Kim Ki-joong and right-hander Nam Ji-min started side-by-side in Games 1 and 2 of the doubleheader against Gochuk Kiwoom on April 9. In addition, right-handed prospect Park Joon-young, who was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the second round last year, could make his first first-team start of the season. Choi Won-ho said of Park, “He pitches better in the first team than he did in the Futures. I’m thinking about giving him a chance to start.” 안전놀이터
Park, who was called up to the first team on June 6, pitched three scoreless innings in relief in both games, giving up one hit and striking out four. He throws a fastball that tops out at 149 mph and a big-angle curveball. He’s a 6-foot-4, true overhand pitcher with good top-to-bottom angle. He started this year in relief in the Futures League, but started nine games as a starter in mid-May. In the Futures League, his fastball was clocked at 150 mph five times.
Hanwha, meanwhile, sent out the following starting lineup for the first game of the doubleheader: Moon Hyun-bin (second base), Nick Williams (right field), Noh Si-hwan (third base), Chae Eun-sung (designated hitter), Choi In-ho (left field), Kim Tae-yeon (first base), Kwon Kwang-min (center field), Choi Jae-hoon (catcher), and Lee Do-yoon (shortstop).