The rookie also showed off his selection skills. 

LG Twins rookie pitcher Park Myeong-geun (19) passed the selection test with ease. He pitched in the 2023 demonstration game against the KIA Tigers at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field on the 20th and scored 5 hits, 2 walks, 1 strikeout and 2 runs against 17 batters in 3⅔ innings. It was a passing grade for a rookie’s first start. 

It was the second appearance of the demonstration game. In the game against Samsung on the 15th, as a relief pitcher, he pitched well with 2 hits, 2 strikeouts and no runs in 2⅔ innings. Coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop put the starting pitcher utilization as an option and put it on the mound first. It was the 5th selection test. LG is checking several people for the 5th starter. 

Coach Yeom said before the game, “Today is a selection test. I am worried because I have too many things. He gave high evaluations, saying, “It doesn’t matter if he is a left-handed hitter or not, and he has stamina, control, and mentality.” 

“However, when the batting order is the second round, we have to test the hitters’ adaptability. Basically, one lap can be blocked enough, but when the batting order turns 2 laps, they will see how to control the hitters who appear with strategy.   스포츠토토

The results were fine. Perhaps it was because of the burden of the first selection, he hit Ryu Ji-hyeok, the first batter in the first inning. Then, he gave up a double in the middle right to Ko Jong-wook, a 30% hitter in his career, and was driven into a crisis. Choi Hyung-woo caught it with a catcher grounder, but Socrates 2nd base grounder and 2nd post-2 by Byeon Woo-hyeok hit a left-handed hit and gave up 2 runs. It was positive that it prevented mass losses.

In the third inning, Socrates and Byun Woo-hyeok hit consecutive hits after the second, but Socrates rushed home and escaped the risk of conceding runs. In the 4th inning, even after allowing lead batter Kim Seok-hwan to walk, Choi Seong-yong and Han Seung-taek finished the mound. When there is a runner, his quick pitch, which is close to the speed of light, was also impressive.

The highest speed of 62 pitches was 144 km. He threw a changeup, curveball and slider. After the game, coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “I struggled in the first inning because I couldn’t control the breaking ball for left-handed batters, but from the second inning, I pitched efficiently and not badly while controlling the ratio of first ball strikes to left-handed hitters with breaking balls.”

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