‘14 wins → 6 wins fall’ Responsibility of Hanwha’s last national ace, “Innings rather than wins… 170 this year

 Hanwha Eagles pitcher Kim Min-woo is determined to leap forward again this season. Kim Min-woo, who is the first in the native starting lineup following the foreign pitching duo, set a goal of 170 innings rather than winning this season.

Kim Min-woo, who joined Hanwha in the 2nd 1st round (1st overall) in 2015, accumulated 1st team experience by throwing 70 innings in 36 games in the first year of his debut. However, he spent most of his time in rehab until 2017 when he underwent surgery for a shoulder injury in 2016.

As fit as he is, he has gradually established himself as a starter in 2018 and 2019.

He took his place as a full-time starter in 2020, and won the honor of Opening Day starter in 2021 and 2022. Coach Subero was of the opinion that a domestic pitcher, not a foreign pitcher, would be selected for the opening game.

Kim Min-woo had a career high season in 2021. He went 14-10 with a 4.00 earned run average in 29 games. He performed well in the first half alone, winning 9 games, and was selected for the Tokyo Olympic team.

Last year, Kim Min-woo’s performance declined with an average ERA of 4.36 with 6 wins and 11 losses in 29 games. He had no luck either. Kim Min-woo, who participated in the Tokyo Olympics, was not included in the national team roster for the World Baseball Classic (WBC) to be held in March. He is the last national representative of Hanwha.

Kim Min-woo, whom we met at the Arizona camp in the United States, commented on last year’s performance, “I should have consistently achieved good results (with 14 wins in 2021), but there are many regrets left.” The same goes for it. It’s good if a win follows, but I aim for more innings than the number of wins.” 메이저사이트

As a starting pitcher, he focused on throwing as many innings as possible, and had the attitude that victory would follow if he threw many innings well. In 2020, the first year of his full-time start, Kim Min-woo threw 26 games and 132⅔ innings, and in 2021, he played 29 games and 155⅓ innings. And he pitched in 29 games last year with 163 innings, the number of innings increasing every year.

Kim Min-woo said, “I threw more innings last year, and this year, my first goal is to digest more innings than last year. He personally thinks over 170 innings,” he said.

It is the responsibility of a native ace. He waved his hand at the word ‘local ace’ and said, “I was the only player who played as a full-time starter in recent years. He said, “It is important to constantly rotate with foreign pitchers in my position.”

He continued, “It is better if good results follow, and I think about keeping my place firmly regardless of whether the team does well or not. If the skills of talented young people improve, I think the team performance will come out well,” he said.

Meanwhile, Minwoo Kim did his first live pitching on the 18th at Bell Bank Park in Mesa, Arizona, USA, a spring camp site. Kim Min-woo, who threw a fastball, curveball, and forkball, recorded his highest velocity of 141km.

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