Wed. Jun 7th, 2023

There is a pitcher who can not enter the opening entry despite good pitching in three consecutive matches of the demonstration game. What is the story? 

NC left-handed prospect Jeong Gu-beom (23) started in the final game of the 2023 KBO League exhibition game against KT Wiz held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 28th and pitched 3⅔innings, 3 hits, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts and no runs. 메이저사이트

Originally, the starting pitcher on this day was not Jeong Gu-beom, but Taylor Widener, a foreign pitcher ahead of his debut season. However, Widener suffered a herniated disc injury during running training the day before and went down to Changwon this morning, and NC hurriedly took out the starting card for Jeong Gu-beom. Of course, Jeong Gu-beom is also a selection resource who has been steadily receiving selection classes since spring camp. 

The beginning was uneasy. The table setters Cho Yong-ho and Kang Baek-ho walked and hit, and were in danger of getting first and second base safely. But there were no downsides. Following Anthony Alford’s looking strikeout, second base runner Cho Yong-ho was out at third base during a double steal. Goo-beom Jeong also struck out the follow-up Park Byeong-ho and finished the inning. 

In the second inning, Hwang Jae-gyun’s infield hit and Kim Min-hyeok’s base hit resulted in Park Kyung-soo’s catcher grounding at second base. In the third inning, the 2 out 1st and 2nd base crisis caused by Kim Sang-soo and Alford’s walk was also wisely passed by catching Park Byeong-ho on a foul fly for the first baseman. 

In the 4th inning, Seong-Woo Jang got a left-handed hit and sent the lead batter out, but Jae-gyun Hwang returned with a fly ball to center fielder and Min-hyeok Kim to fly ball to second baseman. 

Jeong Gu-beom passed the mound to Shim Chang-min in the 5th inning, leading 3-0, and finished the final mock exam in a good mood. The number of pitches was 58, with curves, sliders, and forkballs under the fastball of up to 142 km. However, the ratio of strikes (30) and balls (28) actually recorded 1:1 due to the game hunting. 

‘The 2nd Gu Chang-mo’ Jeong Gu-beom is a left-handed top prospect who came out of Deoksu High School and was nominated in the 1st place in the 2020 NC 2nd round. Along with his signing contract of 250 million won, he was evaluated as a lumber to lead the NC mound. However, due to his poor physique and shoulder pain, he lived in the second team for a long time, and finally debuted in the first team last year, but left an average ERA of 13.50 in two games and pledged for the next season. 

Jeong Gu-beom, who raised expectations by being selected as the pitcher MVP for spring camp this year, received a passing grade in his first demonstration game in his debut. Following 2⅔ scoreless innings against Doosan on the 15th and 2⅔ scoreless innings against Kiwoom on the 20th, he pitched again with a scoreless score in 3⅔ innings that day, ending the demonstration game with 9 scoreless innings. 

However, rather than joining the opening roster, Jeong Gu-beom was sent back to Team C (Futures) for starting classes. Coach Kang In-kwon revealed his future plan, saying, “Jung Goo-beom will digest the starting rotation in the Futures League with the opening.” He is expected to receive a call-up from coach Kang if there is a vacancy in the starting lineup for the first team while preparing for selection in the second team.

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