“Tomorrow (26th), Wilkerson will start.”
Lotte Giants coach Larry Sutton announced Aaron Wilkerson (34), a new foreigner, as the starting pitcher for the match against the Doosan Bears in Jamsil on the 26th. Wilkerson signed a contract with Lotte for a total of $350,000 as a replacement for Dan Straley, who was recently released by Lotte. In his Korean debut, Wilkerson was entrusted with the important task of breaking Lotte’s three-game winning streak and stopping Doosan’s 12-game winning streak.온라인카지노
Coach Sutton said, “I have to watch the game, but I’m thinking about 70 to 85 pitches. You can throw it,” he said.
Wilkerson is a player who received attention in the United States for his life reversal drama. Due to right elbow surgery during college, he suffered a loss in the major league draft, and had to earn a living by working part-time at night in a supermarket freezer near his house. When he worked part-time for about six months, the opportunity to play for an independent club came, and Wilkerson wrote a drama about joining the Boston Red Sox in 2014 without giving up on his dream of becoming a pitcher. His big league debut came in 2017 with the Milwaukee Brewers, and he went 1-1 in 14 career games with a 6.88 earned run average in 35⅓ innings and never got another chance.
Even if he didn’t succeed in the major leagues, Wilkerson’s life and challenges deserve applause. Wilkerson continued to take on new challenges based on his experience playing in the major leagues, and last year he experienced Asian baseball by playing for the Hanshin Tigers of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). His performance in Japan was 5 wins and 5 losses in 14 games, 70⅔ innings pitched, and an earned run average of 4.08.
Lotte believed that Wilkerson would be able to fully perform on the Korean stage. The team said, “Wilkerson’s fastball movement is excellent and his breaking ball control is his strength, and he highly evaluated his ability to adapt to Asian baseball through his experience in the Japanese professional league.”
Wilkerson also showed confidence, “I like Asian culture itself. That’s why I wanted to come to Korea. I think there will be no problems in Korea because I had experience in Japan last year.”
The key is how to calm the Doosan lineup, which has recently gained 11 consecutive wins. The recent cycles of Doosan-centered lineups such as Kim Jae-hwan, Yang Eui-ji, Yang Seok-hwan, and Jose Rojas are good, and the batting feel of hitters who add texture to the lineup, such as Su-bin Su-bin, Heo Gyeong-min, Park Joon-young, and Kang Seung-ho, is good.
Wilkerson is looking to prove his worth with an offensive pitch. He said, “If I had to describe myself in one word, I’d like to say I’m a pitcher who throws a lot of strikes. Being able to throw all types of pitches with strikes is my biggest strength. I’ve maintained this throughout my career and I think that’s why I was able to experience the major leagues.” I promised to fight properly against the opponent batters for the victory of the team.
Will Wilkerson, who has lived a weedy baseball life, be able to complete another drama with a miracle in his Korean debut?