Right-handed pitcher Moon Dong-joo (20), a second-year high school graduate of the Hanwha Eagles, is the hottest player in the KBO League these days. On the 12th, against the KIA Tigers in Gwangju, the ball thrown against Park Chan-ho at the end of the first inning recorded 160.1 km per hour. He became the first Korean player to cross the 160km barrier. He recorded the highest speed in Korean professional baseball.
He had always considered his 100mph to be his limit, but he reached it early in his second year as a pro. He should aim higher now.
Although velocity is not the most important virtue for a pitcher, 토토사이트there is no winning pitch as powerful as a fastball that becomes a dominant pitch.
Moon Dong-ju, whom I met at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 16th, said, “People around me say that my curve has improved, but I don’t think it’s very good. The ball is fast, so even a little change seems to fool the batter. I’m trying to use this part well.” The fastball makes other pitches powerful.
When he was a sophomore at Jinheung High School in Gwangju, he told his father that he would ‘try throwing 150 km/h’. However, a high school sophomore actually threw a fastball at 150 km/h. Moon Dong-joo said, “At the time, my father said to himself, ‘Is he really crazy?'”
Last week, both his father and son threw a 160km fastball they never thought of. The son said, “I am grateful to my parents for raising me well so that I can throw 160 km.”
On the 14th, right-hander Sasaki Rocky (22) of the Chiba Lotte Marines of the Nippon Pro Baseball threw a 160km first pitch against the lead batter against the Orix Buffaloes and recorded a maximum of 163km. There is no reason not to call him Moon Dong-ju.
Currently, there is no one who will dispute the fact that Ahn Woo-jin is the best pitcher in the KBO League. These days, whenever the story of Moon Dong-ju’s redemption comes up, Ahn Woo-jin often appears. Among domestic starting pitchers, there are only two players whose average fastball velocity exceeds 150 km. Ahn Woo-jin, who was a top pitching prospect, has a strong fastball and has grown into a top pitcher over the years. Moon Dong-joo is a role model to follow.
Moon Dong-joo said, “I often watch Woo-jin hyung’s videos. It’s a real study. There are so many things to see and learn.” “Woo Jin-hyung is fast on the ball, but he pays attention to his control. There are many similarities with me. If I learn the good things from Woo-jin, I think good results will come out.”
Moon Dong-ju’s potential is evaluated as limitless. This is why it is called the ‘future’ of Korean baseball beyond Hanwha. Not only Hanwha fans, but all baseball fans hope that Moon Dong-ju will grow into the best pitcher who overwhelms the best hitters in international competitions. Like Hanwha team senior Ryu Hyun-jin (36).
Fans recently summoned Ryu Hyun-jin while watching Moon Dong-ju. Moon Dong-ju made his first start of the season against the Samsung Lions on the 6th and earned his first win. He lifted a team that was on a three-game losing streak out of the mire. Just like Ryu Hyun-jin, who used to lose a losing streak while playing for Hanwha.
Moon Dong-joo said, “Senior Ryu Hyun-jin wrote the history of Korean baseball, and he is still writing it. It’s a long way to follow, but I want to follow it to some extent.”
As he learns from his senior Ahn Woo-jin, he wants to become like his senior Ryu Hyun-jin.