Hyeon-jong Yang (KIA), who worked together in the past with the KIA Tigers, and coach Kang-cheol Lee (KT Wiz), who met again in the baseball team, expressed their satisfaction with the growth of their old pupil.
On the 18th (local time), Yang Hyeon-jong pitched in the bullpen during the national team training held at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Yang Hyeon-jong showed a stable pitch throughout throwing 43 pitches by mixing a fastball, changeup, curve, and slider토토사이트. Coaches Jung Hyeon-wook, Bae Young-soo, Jin Gap-yong, and coach Lee, who were watching from the sidelines, praised them by shouting “Nice Ball”.
In particular, coach Lee, who led the growth of Yang Hyeon-jong by serving as a KIA coach for 6 seasons from 2007 when Yang Hyeon-jong was a rookie, showed a bright smile at the appearance of an old disciple who had grown significantly.
Coach Lee met with the reporters after Yang Hyeon-jong’s bullpen pitching and laughed, “I watched Yang Hyeon-jong’s first appearance at KIA, but I never expected to see him again as a member of the national team.
“I think I threw with about 70% power today. The control of the breaking ball was good,” he said.
Coach Lee also praised the attitude towards the tournament, saying, “(Yang Hyeon-jong, etc.) players have been actively preparing for training,” and “(as a national representative) seems to feel a sense of mission.”
At the time of the national team roster announcement early last month, coach Lee, who said he would turn veteran pitchers such as Yang Hyeon-jong and Kim Gwang-hyeon (SSG Landers) into intermediate pitches, also indirectly revealed the mound management strategy.
Coach Lee said, “I’m going to watch about three more practice games and try to narrow down the starting pitcher. I don’t know who will start.” explained.
Meanwhile, Yang Hyeon-jong, who finished the bullpen pitching, said, “I remember working out with coach Lee in the past. I feel like I went back to my rookie days when the coach said, ‘I’ve grown a lot’.” “he said.
He then emphasized, “Since the end of last year, I have heard that I can play as a midfielder in the national team and have been preparing.”
In addition, he said about the KBO League and other World Baseball Classic (WBC) official balls, “I don’t know about the changeup and slider, but there is a feeling that the curve falls out,” and “I will continue to adapt.”