“It’s not because I’m sluggish”… 4th starter notified of going to bullpen, national hitter counted player’s mind

The day when Choi Seung-yong (22), who was the 4th starting resource, announced to the reporters that he was going to the bullpen. Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop repeatedly said, “It’s not because the players are sluggish.” 

Head coach Lee Seung-yeop met with reporters ahead of the home game against Hanwha held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 2nd and said, “Choi Seung-yong is going to the bullpen because Dylan Pyle joined the starting rotation.” 

In February, coach Lee held an audition for the 5th starter to fill the remaining one spot, with Choi Won-joon and Kwak Bin as the 4 starters for the Raul Alcantara-Dylan One-Two Punch at the Australian spring camp. All pitchers who could handle 크크크벳 long innings were candidates, and coach Lee and pitching coach Jae-Hoon Jeong decided to narrow down the final candidates to Choi Seung-yong, Park Shin-ji, and Kim Dong-ju and check their performances in the demonstration game. 

However, there was a variable that Dylan suffered a bone contusion after being hit in the head by a batted ball during training at the end of spring camp. Dylan complained of dizziness and was unable to return home with the squad on March 7 and remained in Australia to rest. After that, he recovered his condition and set foot on Korean soil on March 12, but was diagnosed with dizziness due to a bone bruise and devoted himself to rest and recovery throughout April.

Doosan played an exhibition game with two starting positions empty due to Dylan’s unexpected injury. In the 3-on-1 competition, the audition was changed to a survival where one of Choi Seung-yong, Kim Dong-ju, and Park Shin-ji was eliminated. decided to Choi Seung-yong recorded an average ERA of 6.17 with 1 win and 2 losses in 5 games in April, and Kim Dong-ju minimized the Dylan gap by doing his part with an ERA of 2.14 with 1 win and 1 loss in 4 games.

Time passed and Dylan’s KBO League debut was finally caught. After completing the final inspection with 4 scoreless innings in the Futures League match against KIA on April 27, he will make his first appearance against Hanwha in Jamsil on the 4th. As a result, a change in the position of one starting pitcher was unavoidable, and coach Lee decided to switch 4th starter Seung-yong Choi to the bullpen from the 3rd, leaving Kim Dong-ju, the 5th starter.

Director Lee said, “It is not because Choi Seung-yong is sluggish that he waits for the bullpen. Choi Seung-yong is a player who has done both selection and salvation, so I decided that he would be much more helpful to the bullpen in the current situation.” Kim Dong-joo is a player who prepared mainly for selection. On the contrary, Choi Seung-yong has experience in both starting and bullpen.” 

In fact, with his debut in 2021, Choi Seung-yong gained first-team experience by going back and forth between selection and bullpen. During that time, he went 2-7 with an ERA of 5.79 in 22 games as a starter and 2-2 with 7 holds in 46 games as a relief with an ERA of 4.15. On the other hand, Choi Seung-yong’s motive for joining Kim Dong-joo only played 14 games in the first team. He went 1-1 in 4 games as a starter with a 2.14 earned run average and 10 games in relief with a 7.56 earned run average. The fact that there is only one left-handed pitcher in the Doosan bullpen, Lee Byung-hun, also influenced Choi Seung-yong’s position change.

Of course, it wasn’t an easy decision. I was worried that the morale of the pitcher, who had been in rotation for a month due to the notification of going to the bullpen, would drop. Director Lee said, “Actually, it’s a bit of a waste. He was showing a good figure as a starter, so he could be depressed as a player,” he said. As a lefty, he can block opponents. It was a decision made under the judgment that he could fully demonstrate his ability in the bullpen. He left a wish, saying, “I hope the players will understand it well.”

Choi Seung-yong is expected to play an active role as a left-handed duo at the back gate of Doosan along with Lee Byung-hun from the game against Hanwha in Jamsil on the 3rd. The trust of his commanding tower is thick. Coach Lee said, “Choi Seung-yong was a player who served as both a starter and a rescuer last year. He expressed his belief, saying, “He will surely block for about one inning.” 

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