Hanwha Eagles have a lot of corridors. So far, even if there is only one pitcher with a 160 km fastball, which has been regarded as a dream speed, it is a good luck, but there are two in Hanwha. The main characters are Moon Dong-ju, who is 20 years old, and Kim Seo-hyun, who is 19 years old.
Hanwha won 6-2 in the match against KT Wiz in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Daejeon Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park on the 7th. Young gun duo Moon Dong-ju and Kim Seo-hyun, who suppressed the kt lineup with their fastballs, stood out.
Moon Dong-ju,메이저사이트 who started as a starting pitcher, won his 3rd win (2nd loss) of the season with 86 pitches, 3 hits, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts and 1 run in 5 innings. Based on Trackman, the fastball recorded a maximum speed of 159.9 km per hour and an average speed of 153 km per hour. Out of 51 fastballs, 26 were strikes, which was not good, but the fastball itself was quite powerful.
In addition, I had fun by mixing 22 curves that were about 30 km per hour slower than a fastball in the right place. The kt batters seemed to be having a hard time losing the timing to the curve rather than the fastball of Moon Dong-joo that day. The velocity of sliders (9) and changeups (4) was also fast enough to reach the mid-140 km/h range.
Kim Seo-hyun made a relief mound as the second pitcher in the top of the 6th inning when the Hanwha Eagles were ahead 6-1, recording 1 inning with no hits, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts and no runs. Kim Seo-hyun’s highest fastball speed reached 157.4 km. The kt batters continued to watch Moon Dong-joo’s fastball, but they couldn’t easily touch Kim Seo-hyun’s ball, which continued to attack with a 150km fastball. Kim Seo-hyun mixed the 130 km/h slider once, but fought with a straight ball.
Moon Dong-ju, who was from the first nomination in 2022, became a pro this year. He still has a lot of things to do, such as control and game management skills, but he gained confidence after recording the highest fastball speed of 160.1 km against the KIA Tigers in Gwangju on the 12th of last month. Moon Dong-ju was the first Korean pitcher to exceed 160 km/h in KBO history.
In the first inning of the day, Moon Dong-ju walked lead batter Hong Hyun-bin and gave an infield hit to Jo Yong-ho, but he did not shake much. He gave Kang Baek-ho an RBI and a timely hit to the right of the left fielder in 1st and 1st and 2nd bases and took the lead 0-1, but silently kept the mound. He cut off the flow by turning the next hitter, Moon Sang-cheol, into a double hit to the third baseman.
In the beginning of the second inning, after one shot, he threw the fastest ball of the day to Park Kyung-soo. In the ball count 2-0, he threw a fastball at 159.9 km per hour in the third pitch. Park Kyung-soo connected this ball to the right fielder’s right double, but was tagged out after being greedy for the third base. Thanks to this, Moon Dong-ju was able to finish the inning by processing Kang Min-seong with a shortstop ground ball after two outs. After Moon Dong-ju passed the hurdle twice, he played the game stably without a big crisis until the 5th inning.
Kim Seo-hyun is a rookie from the first overall prospect in the first round of 2023. He boasts a pitch and guts comparable to that of a next closer pitcher. Hanwha draws a big picture in the long run, with Moon Dong-ju winning and Kim Seo-hyun saving.
Kim Seo-hyun took the mound in the top of the 6th inning and walked lead hitter Jo Yong-ho, but showed a strong heart by turning kt center hitters Anthony Alford and Kang Baek-ho into strikeouts in a row. The last batsman, Moon Sang-cheol, was lightly treated as a floating ball by center fielder.
Thanks to the great performance of the two fastball Young Guns, Hanwha was able to completely suppress kt’s spirit and run for three consecutive victories. In addition, with a win rate of 0.333 with 9 wins, 18 losses and 1 draw, it moved up one notch from 10th to 9th. It seems that the fans of the remaining nine clubs could not hide their envy as they watched the two futures of Hanwha lead the team to escape from the bottom.