“He has the temperament of a fighting chicken.”
KIA coach Kim Jong-guk once said this about left-handed sub Kwak Do-kyu (19), who graduated from Gongju University. He even used him in an exhibition game with interest. He has a slightly higher arm height than Kim Dae-yu, another lefty sub, but more velocity.
Kwak averaged 144 kilometers per hour on his fastball according to baseball stats site Statiz. His fastball is fast, his delivery is unique, and he doesn’t run away from his pitches. Crucially, when he steps on the plate and starts his pitching motion, he signs to the catcher and shakes his shoulders exactly three times from side to side. It’s a unique preparation.
There’s a lot to like about this pitcher. However, his inability to maintain consistency in his pitches, giving up walks out of nowhere, and his lack of consistency in his pitches, meant that he wasn’t used much in the first team. In 14 games this season, he has no record and an 8.49 ERA.
In the Futures League, however, he did have some success. In 37 games, he posted a 6-1 record, 5 saves, 6 holds, and a 2.89 ERA. He walked 24 batters, which is still a lot, but he held opponents to a .250 batting average, which isn’t bad. He has a unique delivery and a solid arsenal of pitches.토토사이트
He’s a pitcher that KIA could be interested in keeping an eye on in the long run. That’s why they’re sending him to the Canberra Cavaliers of the Australian Baseball League. The Australian League starts in November, and Kia believes that Kwak will be a good pitcher once he gains more experience.
Kia sent Kim Kyu-sung and Choi Ji-min to Geelong Korea a year ago, and they had fun. Kim Kyu-sung was said to have opened his eyes to hitting somewhat, while Choi Ji-min said Geelong changed his baseball life. His fastball went up about 10 kilometers, and it was in Australia that he realized it was working.
In the end, unlike her first year, where she didn’t stand out, Choi was a key member of the KIA pitching staff this year. He even played alongside Park Young-hyun (KT) as a key set-up man at the Hangzhou Asian Games, helping the team win gold. He also completed his military service. He credits studying in Australia for his success.
In addition to Kwak, KIA will send five other players: Kim Ki-hoon, Kim Hyun-soo, Hong Won-bin, and Park Min. Despite the demise of Geelong Korea, this is a valuable opportunity that the club negotiated directly with Canberra. If they find the next Choi Ji-min here, that would be the best outcome. KIA has good bullpen depth, but the more bullpens the better. If Kwak Do-gyu works out in the first team, the bullpen diversity will improve considerably.