Gaping hole in the starting lineup, who’s the new ‘5’?

With a hole in their starting rotation left by the injury departure of Chung Chan-heon, the Kiwoom Heroes have turned to new resources.

At the beginning of the season, Kiwoom had plenty of starting pitchers. The one-two punch of Ahn Woo-jin, Eric Yokishi, Ariel Furado,메이저사이트 Choi Won-tae, and Jung Chan-heon held down the starting mound. Add to that prospect Jang Jae-young, who was also given a chance to start.

However, the team has undergone changes throughout the season, and of the original six pitchers, only three remain in the current rotation.

Yokishi (5-3, 4.39 ERA), the “longevity foreign pitcher” who played for Kiwoom for five years, dropped out due to an adductor muscle injury, and Choi Won-tae, who was one of the pillars of the rotation, was traded to the LG Twins.

Recently, Kiwoom was hit with a blow.

Starting pitcher Chung Chan-heon, who was removed from the first team due to back discomfort, underwent a medical examination and was told he needed surgery. He is effectively out for the season. Chung appeared in 14 games this season, throwing 72 innings and posting a 2-8 record with a 4.75 ERA.

Jang Jae-young has settled into the starting lineup after an encouraging second half, but there is still a spot open. Kiwoom has embarked on a “search for a fifth starter.

Kim Sun-ki and rookies Oh Sang-won and Kim Dong-gyu were given a chance, and Kim Sun-ki proved to be competitive. On April 22 against the Gochuk Doosan Bears, he pitched four innings and eight hits with six strikeouts and five runs (two earned). He gave up five runs, but none of them were earned due to fielding errors, and he didn’t walk a batter.

“Except for the third inning, when he didn’t have any defensive help, his pitching was very impressive,” said KIUM head coach Hong Won-ki.

After standing out in the competition, Kim is expected to take the mound again. He is likely to start against the Daegu Samsung Lions on April 27.

Oh Sang-won, who gave up three runs on five hits and three walks in 1⅔ innings in his starting debut, will be tasked with pitching out of the bullpen.Oh struggled against Doosan on April 23, giving up three runs on four hits in one inning.

Kim Dong-gyu has been sent down to the second team to gain experience.

In the second team, Joo Seung-woo, the first overall pick of the 2022 rookie draft, is rotating through the rotation and learning the ropes.

While his performance in the Futures League this year was poor, going 3-7 with a 6.11 ERA in 16 games, his recent outings have been solid. On May 25, he started a Futures League game against the Hanwha Eagles and pitched five innings, allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

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