I was also surprised by the flower I first encountered with the monster. “Ryu Hyun-jin’s speed is already 148km… It will be very helpful to see him once.”

He was also surprised when he encountered the monster for the first time. KIA Tigers manager Lee Bum-ho said Ryu Hyun-jin’s pitch and speed at an exhibition game were better than expected. While the number of matches he will face off against Ryu during the regular season is critical, Lee said his experience at exhibition games would be of great help to batters.핑크알바

KIA faced off Ryu Hyun-jin at a match against Hanwha in Daejeon on March 12. Making his first start at an exhibition game since his return to the KBO League on the day, Ryu pitched well, allowing three hits, no outs, and one run in four innings. It was the first time that Ryu took the mound at an exhibition game against KIA in March 31, 2012. It was the first time in 4,177 days since the game against Nexen Heroes on October 4, 2012, including exhibition games and regular season games.

Among a total of 62 pitches, Ryu checked various pitches including fastballs (29), cut fastballs (10), curves (11) and changeups (12) among others. The maximum speed of fastballs was 148 km/h.

After taking the mound, Ryu said, “My speed came out better than I thought. I was okay in general except that I had poor control over my changeups. I need to refine my main weapon, changeups, and increase the number of pitches I throw.”

Manager Lee Bum-ho, who was once the opponent of Ryu Hyun-jin, also gave a thumbs-up to the monster’s skill. “I still have good ball control, but I think my ball power and ball speed have improved a lot compared to the recent game in the U.S.,” Lee told reporters ahead of the game against the Doosan Bears in Jamsil on March 14. I was wary of him. His ball speed reached 148 km/h, so it is not an exaggeration to say that he made it to 100 percent. It is difficult to hit more because he can control four pitches perfectly,” Lee said with a nod.

Rising performance of the Hanwha Eagles compared to 12 years ago is another factor that will lighten Ryu’s shoulders. “Ryu Hyun-jin had good ball control from a young age. Since I was in the same team as him, I didn’t play against him a few times, so I was able to hit around 270 percent of the opponent team’s batting average (laughs). Given that the Hanwha Eagles has improved batting and defense capabilities compared to the past, I wonder if Ryu will be able to bowl more comfortably. Then, he will be able to bowl more powerful balls,” Lee said.

Still, Kia’s batters’ viewing of Ryu’s ball at least once at an exhibition game is a big gain. “I think it would have been much more helpful for batters to definitely hit once as well. After seeing the quality of pitches that players should hit and what balls they should hit once, it would have helped the players a lot,” Lee said. “Next time we meet at the batting and power analysis parts, we will prepare for those areas better and help batters take the batter’s box.”

“If we meet frequently, I think we will eventually adjust to the opponent’s pitching and show good performance. It is important how many times a year we meet. I think the players will also play with the mindset that they will meet when the rotation comes back, and we shouldn’t focus all on that one game, so we will analyze all the players and prepare for the regular season,” Lee said.

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