“I didn’t know it would be this bad”…Kim Taek-yeon, the national passenger seat, is a professional pitcher who “deletes runners.”

The 2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League is showing more performance as a rookie than any other year. Among them, Doosan’s “luxury rookie” Kim Taek-yeon (19) is drawing attention.

Kim Taek-yeon was held in Doosan’s arms in the first round of this year’s rookie draft (2nd overall), followed by an assessment of “instant power” at the time. Kim Taek-yeon proved his competitiveness through spring camps and exhibition games earlier this year, and on March 3, he also participated in a friendly match against the Japanese Professional Baseball (NPB) Softbank Hawks at the Fukuoka Payday Dome, Japan, and received a clear impression by boasting his heavy pitching. Kim Taek-yeon recorded a 0 ERA in three exhibition games, and was selected by the Korean national baseball team and showed impressive pitching in the Seoul Series warm-up match against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the U.S. Major League Baseball. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts praised Kim Taek-yeon, saying, “Kim Taek-yeon is the most impressive pitcher.”밤알바

Kim continued his momentum in the regular league as well. Kim played in 27 games as of Tuesday, earning one save and four holds for two wins, and maintaining a 2.86 ERA. Kim is a rookie who just started professional baseball after graduating from high school in February this year, but he is currently a key bullpen pitcher for his team. Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop also praised him, saying, “He is a great pitcher. As a pitcher who has good things, I always look forward to his tomorrow more than today.”

Kim Taek-yeon is a fastball pitcher who boasts four-seam fastballs with speeds of up to 150 kilometers per hour. His biggest strength is that he is calm, unlike a rookie with a high school diploma. Experts are also giving generous points for his guts, desire to win, and determination. Recently, Lee comes to mind first when a crisis comes around. There is a reason. This year, Kim has displayed frightening concentration when there is a runner. His hit-and-miss rate is only 0.167 when there is a runner. In terms of scoring capacity, his hit-and-miss rate is even lower at 0.143. Kim’s on-base hit rate this year was zero.

He is also No. 1 in star quality. He is overwhelmingly No. 1 in the middle pitcher category in the ongoing professional baseball All-Star fan voting. He is No. 1 in the “Dream All-Star” bullpen pitcher category with a total of 391,617 votes on Tuesday morning. If Kim Taek-yeon is selected as the final best 12 players, he will be the Doosan team’s first rookie All-Star in history with a high school diploma.

With this year’s performance of fearless high school graduates being especially prominent, Kim Taek-yeon has been performing the most outstanding among high school graduates this year. However, Kim lowered himself, saying, “I don’t even think about being a rookie. My colleagues who joined the team, including Hwang Joon-seo (Hanwha) and Jeon Mir (Lotte), are doing well.” Kim said, “I took the mound yesterday and today with the support of my fans. Looking forward to it, I feel even more encouraged. I will make better pitches in return for my expectations.”

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