“Director Ryu Joong-il asked me.”
Doosan Bears right-hander Kim Dong-ju (21) seems to have made a mark on Ryu Joong-il, coach of the Hangzhou Asian Games baseball team. Kim Dong-ju started against the Daegu Samsung Lions on the 27th and pitched 6 innings with 84 pitches, 7 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 7 strikeouts and 3 runs (2 earned runs). As the team lost 6-7, the opportunity to win the second season was blown away, but Kim Dong-joo’s pitching content itself was not lacking.
Baseball commentator Kim Tae-hyung, who coached Doosan until last year, brought up the story of coach Ryu while praising Kim Dong-ju for his strong pitching while relaying the game on the 27th. Coach Ryu was looking for a dugout during training before the match, watching the players from the stands, and looking for candidates to leave for Hangzhou, China in September.
Commissioner Kim carefully mentioned the possibility of participating in the Asian Games national team, saying, “Director Ryu Joong-il asked what kind of player Kim Dong-ju was. Asking a question means that he is interested in Kim Dong-ju.”
Kim Dong-ju actively threw a fastball (26) with a maximum speed of 146km and a breaking ball. He utilized sliders (39) and forkballs (19) more than fastballs. He also showed his outstanding ability to manage the number of pitches by unleashing an aggressive pitch that started with a strike from the first pitch. He is growing at such a rapid pace that he wonders if he is a pitcher experiencing starting pitching in the first team for the first time this year.
In fact, Kim Dong-ju competed for the 5th selection during the spring camp, but the possibility of joining the starting rotation from the start was not very high. Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop set the basic frame for the domestic starters with Choi Won-joon, Kwak Bin, and Choi Seung-yong along with Raul Alcantara and Dylan Pyle’s one-two punch. However, Dylan suddenly left due to a bruised bone injury, so Kim Dong-ju had to be put in as the 5th starter.
Kim Dong-joo is pitching so well that he doesn’t feel like he has to give up his seat ‘of course’ even though Dylan’s return from injury is approaching. He is very active with 1 win and 1 loss in 4 games, 21 innings, and an earned run average of 2.14, and is also mentioned as a candidate for the Rookie of the Year.
On the 27th, Dylan started the 2nd game of the double header with the KIA Tigers 2nd team at Icheon Bears Park and announced his imminent return by pitching 4 innings with 69 pitches, 1 hit, 4 strikeouts, 3 walks and no runs. His highest speed was 150 km, and he cooked the opponent’s line by making various use of his strengths, such as sliders, curves, and changeups. If there is no problem after pitching, he is scheduled to make his KBO league debut in a match against the Hanwha Eagles in Jamsil on the 4th of next month. 먹튀검증
Director Lee has a high opinion of Dong-joo Kim’s pitching to the extent that he is rather troubled upon hearing the news of Dylan’s good pitching. Manager Lee said, “In fact, when we started, there was a burden on the 5th starter because Dylan was left out, but as we play this season, Kim Dong-joo and Choi Seung-yong are showing good pitching. Everyone (until Dylan’s return) still has to pitch. I think we’ll have to make decisions while looking at the situation. There’s still about a week left,” he continued with a happy thought.