Seo Hyun is also a fast ball…” Hanwha to have a one-two punch 160km duo? It’s not a fantasy.
“Seo Hyun is also a fast ball.”
Hanwha head coach Choi Won-ho hinted at possible lineup adjustments during the three-game series against LG at the end of the first half. Felix Peña, Ricardo Sanchez, Moon Dong-joo, and Han Seung-hyuk will stay put, while Han Seung-ju will move to the bullpen. Jang Min-jae and Kim Seo-hyun will compete for the remaining five spots.
Jang Min-jae started as a starter, but lost his spot after a poor season and is looking to regain it. He has plenty of experience as a starter. On the other hand, rookie Kim Seo-hyun has no experience as a starter at all. He came up to the first team, gained experience in the middle innings, faltered, and was given the starting job in the second team while adjusting.
At this point, Choi Won-ho may have his mind made up, or he may continue to think about it. However, if he has to make a decision for the future, it’s Kim Seo-hyun. Neither Choi, Hanwha, nor Kim Seo-hyun have the idea that he should be a starter anyway. The 1-3 spots are fairly stable, so the 5 spot could be a forward-looking decision.
If Kim Seo-hyun is Choi’s choice for the fifth spot, two of Hanwha’s three homegrown starting spots will be filled by rookies in their first or second year, and even Kang Sok-kyu, who has (or could) throw 160 kilometers. For fans, the 160km duo of Moon Dong-joo and Kim Seo-hyun is a huge topic of conversation and a sight to behold.
At the All-Star Fan Signing on the 15th, a reporter asked Moon Dong-joo about Kim Seo-hyun. When asked about the possibility of Kim Seo-hyun being in the starting lineup, he said, “I have to do well with her.” I asked him what he thought of Kim Seo-hyun.
Moon said, “You all know about the benefits. There are so many. There are many things. He doesn’t need me to give him advice.” Moon laughed and said, “Seo Hyun is also a fastballer, but he didn’t ask me about preparing for the starting pitch.”
However, Moon said, “It’s important to work hard according to the given situation. It’s important not to be greedy and focus on what I can do.” Rather than trying to be too good, it’s attractive enough to trust your catcher, Choi Jae-hoon, and focus on playing to your strengths. This is also true for Kim Seo-hyun.
Unlike Moon, Seo-hyun is more of a three-quarter. This trajectory can be tricky for hitters. Manager Son Hyuk praised Kim’s ability to throw with different arm heights during spring training in Mesa. However, that hasn’t been the case this season. This means he’s working on balance more than velocity. It’s true that to be competitive as a starter right now, you need to focus on your game management more than your velocity. Of course, you have to wonder if he will hit 160km in the future as a starter.스포츠토토
In the first half of the season, Kim had one save and a 5.60 ERA in 18 games. It’s a long wait. His last appearance in the first team was on June 7 against Doosan. In the second team, he went 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in eight games. He stretched that to 5.2 innings against the Goyang Heroes on June 6. Kim Seo-hyun’s utilization in the late innings is the most important thing to watch for Hanwha at this point.