In LG, 2 people won 31 wins, but in KIA, 3 people won 14 wins… Is the 150km fastball duo different?
Can the KIA Tigers play the season without worrying about foreigners this year?
KIA ranked first overall with a team batting average of .207 last season. He scored the most hits (1361) and runs scored (720). SSG Landers also ranked first with KIA with 720 points. The same score was 1st, but SSG won and KIA 5th. KIA lost the wild card match against KT Wiz and ended fall baseball early. After 5th place in 2018, they had to be satisfied with being in the postseason again after 3 years.
It was the first place in team batting average, so it could not be said that there was a big problem in batting. The mound, especially foreign selection, was a problem. The 2022 season, which started with Sean Nolin and Ronnie Williams, was carried out in difficulties due to injuries. In the middle of the season, Ronnie was kicked out and Thomas Panoni was brought in to try to rebound, but the results were not as good as expected.
Nolin also appeared in only 21 games due to an injury, and stayed with 8 wins. He pitched well with an earned run average of 2.47, but lacked the ability to overwhelm compared to other teams’ first starts.
Nolin, Panoni (three wins), and Roni (three wins) won only 14 victories in total. It was a big gap compared to the 31 wins jointly won by Casey Kelly 메이저놀이터 (16 wins) and Adam Plutko (15 wins) of the LG Twins.
Yang Hyeon-jong won 12 wins, and Lee Eui-ri also reached 10 wins, so it can be seen that the sluggishness of foreign pitchers eventually prevented the KIA from rising.
In the 2023 season, they selected Sean Anderson (28) and Adonis Medina (26), right-handed pitchers who spread fast balls.
Anderson, who signed for a total of $1 million, recorded an average ERA of 5.84 in 63 major league games, and in the minor leagues, he posted an average ERA of 3.72 with 24 wins and 17 losses in 113 games.
I like the fastball and slider with a maximum speed of 154km, which is 1m98 tall. He can throw a variety of pitches as a starting pitcher, including a two-seam fastball, slider, cutter, curveball, and changeup.
Medina, who signed a contract for a total of $636,000, played three seasons in the major leagues, and last year, he appeared in 14 games for the New York Mets, recording one win and an average ERA of 6.08. He is a fastball pitcher who throws fast balls that exceed 150km, and throws sliders, changeups, and curveballs.
These are pitchers who are currently leading the KBO league. If the two work together to win more than 25 wins, KIA can expect even a championship fight in the upper ranks of 5th or higher.