What is Lim Ki-young (KIA) doing in the 5th selection competition?
KIA’s 5th selection competition for the 2023 season is with three players, including sidearm Lim Ki-young, left-hander Kim Ki-hoon who has completed military service, and left-handed super rookie Yoon Young-cheol. However, in practice, only Yun Young-cheol consistently started in the demonstration games. Although Kim Ki-hoon played in the exhibition game, he only pitched in relief.메이저사이트
▲KIA 5 starting candidates exhibition game pitching log
13th Daejeon Hanwha vs. Lim Ki-young/starter/2 innings 2 hits, 3 strikeouts, 3 walks no runs/no decision vs. Daejeon Hanwha on the
13th/Kim Ki-hoon/Guwon/2 innings 2 hits (1 home run) 2 runs / No Decision
16th Gocheok Kiwoom Game / Yoon Young-chul / Starter / 4 innings, 2 hits, 7 strikeouts, 1 walk, no runs / No Decision 16th Gocheok Kiwoom Game /
Kim Ki-hoon / Kuwon / 2 innings, 3 hits, 3 strikeouts, 1 run / Hold
20th Gwangju LG Jeon/Kim Ki-hoon/Guwon/1 inning, 1 hit, 1 strikeout, 1 walk, no run/hold
21st Gwangju LG game/Yun Young-cheol/starter/4⅔ innings, 2 hits, 2 strikeouts, 3 walks, no run/no decision
. Most impressive. In 2 games, 8 ⅔ innings, 4 hits, 9 strikeouts, 4 walks, no runs, zero ERA. The best fastball is in the early 140km range, but the command is considerable. He is a pitcher who can attack outside the strike zone, and unlike a rookie, he has excellent game management skills using sliders, changeups, and curveballs. He is the same as he was when he was in high school.
However, Ki-Hoon Kim and Ki-Young Lim are not given a chance to start. A KIA official explains that there is a reason for this. The demonstration game itself is 14 games, and the two foreign pitchers, Sean Anderson, Adonis Medina, and Yoon Young-chul, build-up on a regular basis, so other pitchers were given less opportunities.
In addition, Yang Hyeon-jong and Lee Eui-ri, who had been to the WBC, were put in side by side at the Gwangju Doosan Match on the 19th and began to increase the number of pitches. The two now go out separately. As a result, Kim Ki-hoon was often attached in a +1 format behind the existing starting pitcher. There was a prospect that Lim Ki-young would also join the existing starting pitcher against SSG in Gwangju on the 24th.
Kim Ki-hoon was consistently on the mound. However, Lim Ki-young did not even have a chance to pitch for 8 days from the match against Hanwha on the 13th to the match against LG in Gwangju on the 21st. However, KIA has taken action in advance. As it turned out, Lim Ki-young started on the 18th in the Songwon Daejeon of the Future Steam team. The Futures team, like the first team, is also preparing for the opening of the Futures League through practice games.
Lim Ki-young pitched well with 3 hits, 5 strikeouts, 2 walks and 3 runs (1 earned) in 5 innings against Songwon Daejeon. The number of pitches has also been raised to 71. If you actually make your next appearance on the 24th, it will be like digesting the rotation in the same environment as the regular season.
Lim Ki-young’s performance in 2 games was quite outstanding with 5 hits, 8 strikeouts, 5 walks and 1 earned run in 7 innings. Looking at the results alone, there is no big difference between him and Yoon Young-cheol. Lim Ki-young and Yoon Young-chul both have one more chance. Coach Kim Jong-guk plans to look at the game and finally decide on the 5th starter. It’s not that Kim Ki-hoon doesn’t have that in mind either.
The variable is that Lim Ki-young can digest the long relief that KIA lacks at this point, and Kim Ki-hoon also accumulated experience in the bullpen last year. If so, would the 5th pick be rookie Yun Young-cheol? If it is impossible to guarantee that Yoon Young-cheol has the stamina needed to complete a full-time run, Lim Ki-young and Kim Ki-hoon should also prepare steadily as starting pitchers.