“I’ve been preparing well.” … The national hitter smiles at the pitchers’ pace

Doosan Bears manager Lee Seung-yeop expressed satisfaction with the pitchers’ pace.

Doosan had its 10th day of the first spring camp at the Blacktown Baseball Stadium in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday. With foreign pitcher Raul Alcantara pitching for the first time this year, the second live BP (batting/pitching) was held at the main stadium.꽁머니사이트

Nine pitchers including Brandon Waddell, Choi Won-joon, Park So-joon, Lee Young-ha, Kwak Bin, Park Shin-ji, Kim Dong-ju, Choi Joon-ho, and Kim Taek-yeon took the mound one after another to check their physical condition, and threw 20 or 21 pitches. What stood out was the pitchers’ maximum pitching speed.

“Native ace” Kwak Bin recorded 152 km/h, and “Rookie” Kim Taek-yeon, who recently boosted his pitching capability by pitching in the bullpen session after taking a break for five months, also showed off his presence with a maximum speed of 147 km/h. Lee Young-ha and Park Shin-ji, who entered the race for starting pitcher, also displayed their best condition by marking their maximum speed of 146 km/h.

Whenever pitchers finished pitching, Lee asked the players’ performance analysis team about pitch type and maximum ball speed, and carefully checked the players’ conditions. On the day, Lee watched not only live BP but also bullpen pitching by Alcantara, Jeong Cheol-won, Park Chi-guk and Lee Byung-hun.

“I think the pitchers are definitely okay,” coach Lee told Expo News after the end of the live BP. “Although (Kim) Myung-shin and (Kim) Kang-ryul are in the second-tier camp, the players here have been preparing well. I didn’t worry much about the pitchers, but I thought I could keep what I did last year, but I feel good (so far).”

The coach believes that a different training environment will also help. Doosan, which stayed in Australia last year, distinguished its concept by holding this year’s first and second camps in Australia and Japan, respectively. Unlike last year’s morning-afternoon weight training, Doosan does weight training in the morning and has time for self-development in the afternoon.

“When I judged the cause of the sluggishness in the process of replaying last year, it was a little boring as I stayed in one place for a long time,” coach Lee said. “The environment is different when the players are bored this year, so I think the efficiency in practice will increase, and I think it will get better this year in terms of basics. There is nothing to go down further, so I am just thinking positively.”

“Everything is going smoothly because I am in training right now. Things can get bad as the season gets closer, but as the team is still going well, I am having fun working out with the players in a good mood,” he said. “I hope the younger players will do better. That’s still unfortunate.”

Doosan, which had two live BP matches, will play four innings on Wednesday. Pitchers who took the mound in its first live BP match are expected to take the mound. However, catcher Yang Eui-ji, who has back pain, infielder Park Gye-beom, who has difficulty playing normally due to slight hearing of his fingernails, and infielder Park Joon-young, who has trouble playing in his left thigh, will not participate in the match.

“Young players should do their best in the game, but it may be a little too early to talk about the result,” Lee said. The focus will be on players’ movements and other aspects. Batters need to learn the sense by watching pitchers’ pitches a lot. I don’t want to talk about the result. We need to find the sense of play quickly.”

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