Rookie pitcher Yoon Young-cheol of the KIA Tigers is making the perfect adjustment to the professional stage thanks to his outstanding fastball.
On March 24, Yoon pitched six innings against Hanwha, giving up one run on three hits (one home run) with three walks and three strikeouts. He didn’t get the win, but his team did. On the 31st of the same month, he pitched 5⅓ innings against KT, allowing one run on three hits (one home run) with two walks and two strikeouts. His defense faltered in the first inning, forcing him to throw 28 pitches, but he breezed through the rest of the game. The offense helped him pick up his third win of the season.
Yoon throws a fastball that tops out at 140 kilometers and averages 137 kilometers. It doesn’t have much velocity, but it has good deception and a strong end to the ball. The same goes for his slider’s angle and course. His main weapon, a changeup, drops in front of hitters.
His command is among the best in 메이저놀이터 the league, utilizing a wide range of pitches up, down, left and right. If he can improve his velocity, he could be an even better pitcher.
Shin Beom-soo, a KIA catcher who worked with Yoon Young-chul, said, “He throws exactly where he wants. Even if the ball is not fast, it is an advantage that it is not hard to hit. He has a good delivery and a lot of pitches he can throw. It’s easy to receive the ball and take advantage of the count. He’s fun to watch.”
Kia manager Kim Jong-kook also praised Yoon, saying, “The way he’s been pitching lately, I can see the math. He is pitching well to prepare the pitchers behind him. As for the hit on the instep, he just needs to adjust and train for about two days. He will be fine for the next rotation,” he said.