Can we expect the best winning battery in the KBO League on the mound of the Lotte Giants?
Dan Strayley (34), the first starting pitcher for the Lotte Giants last season, and Yoo Kang-nam (29), the “8 billion won free agent catcher,” exchanged their first ball as pitcher and catcher on the 3rd. Strayley and Yoo Kang-nam met as bullpen pitching partners on the 3rd at the Dedeo Sports Complex in Guam, where the Lotte 2023 season spring camp is in progress.
Strayley threw about 30 balls to Yoo Kang-nam and checked his pitch. Strayley predicted an active season this season by evenly throwing breaking balls such as fastballs and sliders. 1st team pitching coach Bae Young-soo, who looked at Strayley’s pitching, said with a happy expression, “Straley has been putting himself in the best shape.”
Gangnam Yoo shouted “Orai!” with his characteristic cheerful voice and caught Straley’s ball rhythmically. After pitching in the bullpen, Strayley and Yoo Kang-nam approached each other and shook hands pleasantly, promising to play an active part as a battery this season. The two players exchanged opinions by exchanging conversations through the interpreter staff.
Strayley joined Lotte in August last season and did his part as the first starting pitcher, leaving a good record of 4 wins, 2 losses and an average ERA of 2.31 in 11 starts. When Lotte signed a contract with Strayley in August 2022, it was agreed to be with Strayley for the 2023 season as well. Strayley’s salary for the 2023 season is $1 million. 바카라
Kang-nam Yoo was recruited by Lotte for a period of 4 years and a contract amount of 8 billion won. As soon as the free agency market opened this year, Lotte made an effort to recruit Yoo Kang-nam and filled the position of the main host. Kang-Nam Yoo is expected to instill great confidence in not only Strayley but also Lotte pitchers to throw the ball more stably.
Kang-Nam Yoo formed a perfect battery with foreign pitchers Tyler Wilson and Casey Kelly in his former team, the LG Twins, and was a great help in building LG’s multiplier. Yoo Kang-nam also expressed his anticipation for the agreement with Strayley. Yoo Kang-nam expressed his anticipation, saying, “Straley’s fastball feels like it is rising.” Yoo Kang-nam said, “I plan to keep working with Strayley while getting to know his personality as a person-to-person.”