Behind Doosan’s new foreign pitcher Dylan Pyle (27)’s KBO League challenge was the exclusive advice of Josh Lindblom (36), who conquered the league four years ago.
Dylan became the new Doosan foreign pitcher for a total of $650,000 (about 800 million won) in November last year. The pace of adaptation at Sydney spring camp is fast. He suffered from an upset stomach from the first day, but quickly recovered and pitched a total of two bullpen pitches until the 6th. Yang Eui-ji, who first received Dylan’s ball, said, “I think the game will end in two hours. It’s a beautiful pitching,” he said in exclamations.
Dylan, whom I met at the Doosan Spring Camp, said, “The camp so far has been really fun. I am at the stage of getting to know my teammates and I enjoy watching how the team trains. The physical condition is also very good,” he said, announcing a smooth adaptation.
Dylan is a right-handed orthodox pitcher with a height of 185 cm and a weight of 92 kg, and was selected in the 21st round by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2017 rookie draft and played only in the minor leagues. His career record was 34 wins, 29 losses, and an ERA of 4.04 in 102 games (90 starts). He uses breaking balls such as curveballs, sliders, and changeups under a fastball of up to 152 km.
Behind Dylan’s decision to go to Korea, there was advice from Lindblom, who was with him during his Milwaukee days. In 2019, Lindblom won 30 wins, 3 losses, and an average ERA of 2.50 at Doosan in 30 games, winning MVP, Golden Gloves, and three pitcher crowns (multiple wins, strikeouts, winning rate). At the moment when he and his wife were contemplating a challenge, the advice of a KBO League career player was a big help in their decision.
Dylan said, “I have been a teammate with Lindblom for the past two years, and he has told me a lot of good things about Korea. There were no bad stories,” he said. I heard that he would take good care of me at Doosan.” At the same time, he added a bold aspiration, saying, “Now I will try to surpass Lindblom once.”
Dylan’s strength is his precise control. During his minor league career, he struck out 427 while walking just 113 in 495 innings. Pitching coach Jeong Jae-hoon said, “The pitching seems to be stable. They say that there have been only 1 or 2 games in the past few years where they gave up 3 or more walks. The ball is definitely good,” he said.
Regarding this, Dylan said, “Control has been my strength since college. Even after he joined the pro, he did a lot of training to improve his control,” he said. 온라인바카라
Adaptation to the KBO league official ball is also fast. Dylan said, “It feels more chewy than an American ball. He is smaller in size. I like the feeling of getting out of my hand,” he said.
Dylan is getting a lot of help from the returning ace Alcantara. After winning 20 wins at Doosan in 2020, Alcantara returned after playing two years in Japanese professional baseball. Dylan said, “I follow Alcantara to see how he behaves and try to imitate him. This is because Alcantara’s actions fit the Korean sentiment. He helps you do the right thing.”
Dylan’s goal for the first year of the KBO League is to win the championship for Doosan. The view is that if the team wins, the individual’s performance will naturally improve. Dylan said, “The priority is for me to go out and show a good performance, and for the team to win every time I start. If you do that, the multiplier will accumulate, even if it is not 20 wins like Lindblom and Alcantara. If the team has a good season, then I can have a good season too.”