Reporter Kim Hee-joon = Right-handed pitcher Moon Seung-won (34) of SSG Landers was one of the starting pitchers. During the two years that Kim Gwang-hyeon (35) played in the Major League (MLB), he paired up with SSG’s native starters along with submarine pitcher Park Jong-hoon (33).
This year, the position has changed somewhat. It is a ‘challenger’ competing for entry into the starting lineup.
This year, SSG’s 1st to 3rd starters will be taken by two newly recruited foreign pitchers, Annie Romero, Kirk McCarty and Kim Kwang-hyun. While SSG coach Kim Won-hyung announced that he would not consider the 6th selection, Moon Seung-won, Park Jong-hoon, and left-hander Young-gun Oh Won-seok are competing for the remaining two spots.
Moon Seung-won, who was in charge of one axis of the starting lineup, went into rehabilitation after undergoing elbow ligament joint surgery (Tommy John surgery) in June 2021, and returned only in July of last year.
Due to the circumstances of the team, which had an abundance of starters, Moon Seung-won played as a bullpen pitcher after his return. In 23 games last year, he had 1 win, 1 loss, 3 saves and 3 holds with an earned run average of 5.11.
Moon Seung-won, who prepared for the new season as a starting pitcher, focused on increasing the number of pitches during the spring camp held in Vero Beach, Florida, USA.
Moon Seung-won, who threw up to 116 pitches from the bullpen, threw 30 pitches in live pitching. In Cheongbaekjeon, he tried to regain his senses by distributing about 40 balls.
Moon Seung-won said, “I didn’t throw a lot of balls last year because I was preparing for my comeback. So I threw a lot of balls in this spring camp.” I was going”
Then, he expressed his satisfaction, saying, “It was a bit of a burden to throw a lot after a long time, but I feel like I’m gradually developing a sense of it.”
Unlike last year, when he was only focused on rehabilitation, Moon Seung-won said, “I am always excited before the season.
Even though Moon Seung-won is not familiar with the position, he contributed considerably to the combined victory in the SSG bullpen last year.
However, Moon Seung-won confided, “I don’t think I could.” This is because he gave up 5 points in the 9th inning against the Lotte Giants on September 13 last year, when he was a finishing pitcher, and scored 4 points against the Doosan Bears on September 18 to allow a tie.
Moon Seung-won said, “Baseball is a sport of records.
It was an unfortunate year for him, but he gained experience while playing in the bullpen.
Moon Seung-won explained, “Last year’s experience helped me mentally. I also realized how to recover quickly when my mentality collapsed.” 메이저놀이터
Moon Seung-won did not hide his strong will to enter the starting lineup, even though he spared his words, saying, “The position has not been decided yet.”
Moon Seung-won emphasized, “I can do well in selection. I think selection is the position where I can best demonstrate my abilities.”
Coach Kim expects Moon Seung-won and Park Jong-hoon to play an active role, saying that most players who have undergone elbow ligament surgery often show their skills from the second year onwards.