‘Baby Tiger, a first-year pro who is busier on non-pitching days’ Before the game, Baby Tiger Yoon Young-cheol, who was busy joking around with the camera crew filming the dugout, changed his expression 180 degrees when the pitcher called a play.
After joking around in the dugout, Yoon transformed into the youngest player in the team and cheered for the seniors on the field.
The KIA Tigers had lost the previous day by one run, 1-0. The second game of a three-game midweek series against the Kiwoom Heroes was held at the Gocheok Sky Dome on the 14th. In the top of the third inning, Kim Kyu-sung led off with a single and Ryu Ji-hyuk followed with a successful bunt to put runners on first and second. Choi Won-jun followed with a single to put runners on first and third. Socrates hit a ball deep into the infield, allowing Kim Kyu-sung to score from third base to take the lead.
The KIA bats were silent after the third inning, but in the fourth inning, Lee Jung-hoo tripled and Russell singled to tie the game. Kim Hye-sung’s triple and Lee Jung-hoo’s RBI single in the sixth inning gave Kiwoom the lead for good, and they held on for a 2-1 victory in the ninth inning for their second straight one-run win.
Until the end of the game, pitcher Yang Hyun-jong and the youngest player, Yoon Young-chul, were hoping for an upset in the dugout, but the result was not to be. KIA has been particularly weak in one-run games this season, going 5-11 with a .313 winning percentage. In one-run games, they have lost nine straight.
On the final day of the three-game series, KIA starter Medina was pulled from the mound after failing to complete the fourth inning, but Jang Hyun-sik got out of a bases-loaded jam. The team’s bats pounded out 10 hits, six walks and eight runs to end the three-game losing streak and return home to Gwangju.
After snapping the losing streak, KIA will take the mound for the first of a three-game weekend series in Gwangju. In the rotation, Yoon Young-cheol is expected to take the mound on Saturday.
Yoon, who is in his rookie season, has lost his last two games but has been 100 percent in his role as a starter, going seven and six innings. His fastball averages 138 mph. His fastball isn’t fast, but it’s a precise pitch that hits hitters in every corner. He throws his fastball 47.8% of the time, followed by his slider 31.3%, changeup 18.9%, and curve 2%.
It’s not a diverse arsenal, but Yoon is a left-handed pitcher who can throw his slider and changeup where he wants them, which is necessary when facing lefties. Now in his first year as a pro. In his start against Doosan on April 11, Yoon gave up three runs o안전놀이터 n seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts in six innings, but he was able to get through the innings without falling apart in the face of a quality start.
Before the game, manager Lee Seung-yeop said of Yoon, “He throws the ball like a veteran pitcher, not a nineteen-year-old. Taking the mound, the Baby Tigers made a quality start to prove their opponent’s praise.
Yoon Young-chul, who has been the ace of the Chungam team since his sophomore year of high school, has always been a player who puts his team and teammates first. We met him during the 2021 Cheongryonggi National High School Baseball Championship, which was held in Gongju in the aftermath of COVID-19, and even on days when he pitched well, he was the first to mention the catchers and fielders who helped him defend the ball.
Drafted second overall by the KIA Tigers, Yoon is now a full-fledged professional baseball player. He may not have a fastball over 150 kilometers, but he is proving that baseball is all about the pitch.