“I’ll show you with results.”
Right-hander Moon Dong-ju (21-Hanwha Eagles) should be a key part of the Korean National Baseball Team for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games (AG). In his second year, Moon has started 23 games for the first team this season, posting a solid 8-8 record with a 3.72 ERA (49 earned runs in 118.2 innings pitched) and a hard-hitting fastball that sits in the low-to-mid 150 mph range, making him a trump card in situations where the team needs to dominate opposing batters with power. He also has a unique approach to the tournament.
Moon ended the season on March 3 against the LG Twins in Jamsil. His team, Hanwha, had limited him to a maximum of 120 innings this season to manage his physical condition. He then focused on recovery and rest at the Hanwha District 2 ballpark in Seosan, and pitched five innings in two games in the Futures (District 2) League to stay fresh. “I rested really well and recovered well, so I have a lot of energy left,” Moon said, adding that he was confident that he would have no problem taking the mound. Moon’s movements were very light as he went through the training program, including covering first base.
The national team held its first training session the day before (23rd). It was a new experience for Moon, who wore the Korean flag for the first time since his professional debut. “I met and talked with my brothers, who are great pitchers,” he said. “I played catch with Kwak Bin (Doosan Bears), and I felt a lot of things when I received the ball. I want to get to know my brothers quickly and ask them a lot of questions so that I can improve my skills.”메이저사이트
There are other juniors who need Moon’s help. Pitcher Jang Hyun-seok (18-Masan Yongmago) is the only amateur player on the national team. Ranked as the No. 1 pitcher in his high school, Jang’s potential was recognized in August when he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (ML) for a total of $900,000. The day before, Jang Hyun-seok had expressed his gratitude, saying, “Many seniors, including Moon Dong-joo, take good care of me.” “The seniors took care of me too,” Moon said, “If I had come to the varsity team in high school, it would have been difficult for me, too. When I saw (Jang) throwing, I liked the ball. I want to get to know him better and talk to him a lot.”
His confidence was evident in every word. “I’ll prove it with results,” he said, adding, “They say the pitcher has the advantage in the first game. I think I have the advantage, so I’ll throw confidently, and (Hanwha) Si-hwan will score runs for me.” “I’ve been resting so well, so I’m in good shape,” he said, adding, “I don’t care if it’s a lefty or a righty. I’m ready for any situation.”