“There is a high possibility that he will grow into a right-handed pitcher like Yoon Seok-min (37) and Bae Young-soo (42).”
Yeom Gyeong-yeop, LG Twins coach, praised Kang Hyo-jong (21), a young gun.
Kang Hyo-jong started the mound 토토사이트against kt Wiz in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League Demonstration Game’ held at Suwon kt Wiz Park on the 23rd. From the beginning of the game, he blocked the opponent’s batting line well and made a good pitch.
At the end of the 3rd inning, Kang Hyo-jong allowed Park Kyung-soo a solo shot that went behind the center fielder and scored his first run. In the bottom of the 4th inning, he gave up a hit and two walks on the 4th and faced a crisis with 2 outs loaded, but treated Kim Jun-tae with a grounder on 1st base to prevent additional runs. His final performance was 4 innings, 3 hits (1 home run), 2 walks, 3 strikeouts and 1 run. The team maintained a tie for first place in the exhibition game, winning 6-2 thanks to Kang Hyo-jong’s good pitching.
LG coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop lavished praise on Kang Hyo-jong before the game. He was highly praised for growing like the legendary pitchers who left their mark in the KBO League. “The angle of the arm is really good. A good release point and wrist angle can reduce miscasting. Also, because I can throw with a clear distinction between the body and the outside, my control has improved a lot. (Kang) Hyojong has good elbow and arm The angle of the wrist is good, so there is little chance of changing the angle of the wrist.”
“There is a high possibility that our team will grow into right-handed pitchers like Yoon Seok-min and Bae Young-soo. Shouldn’t our team also have one native starter? Isn’t there no (local starter) since Bong Joong-geun (43)? Trackman is the closest to him. The player with the data is (Kang) Hyojong.”
As expected by the command tower, Kang Hyo-jong fought hard and blocked the kt line-up. His four-seam fastball (22 pitches) reached a maximum speed of 150km, and the slider (23 pitches) and curveball (7 pitches) that supported it were also very helpful in suppressing the opponent’s lineup. After the game, it was a clean pitch that received praise from the command tower, “Today (23rd), Kang Hyo-jong was confirmed as the 5th starter.”
Kang Hyo-jong looked back on his pitching after the game and vowed to show good pitching like now. He said, “It’s unfortunate that I hit a home run, but it was good that I was able to overcome various crisis situations today. Especially, I think it was fortunate that I got through a walk and a dead ball situation in the bottom of the 4th inning.”
He continued, “(Kim) Ki-yeon and I have been working together in the Futures League for a long time, so I was able to play comfortably. As the season approaches, I will continue to work hard to show my fans a good image.”
LG’s young gun is growing little by little amidst the commanding tower’s generous praise. Compared to the legendary pitchers, attention is paid to whether he will be able to follow in his footsteps in the 2023 season.