What’s the manager’s homework assignment for the NC prep righty?
“I wish he would strike out less. I want him to utilize the strength of his fastball more than his breaking ball.”
NC Dinos specialty rookie Shin Young-woo was given a clear task by manager Kang Myung-ho.
Shin Young-woo, a right-hander from Gyeongnam High School, was selected by NC with the fourth overall pick in the first round of the 2023 KBO Draft. His fastball exceeds 150 kilometers and his curveball with a large drop is considered his biggest strength. Recognized for his potential, Shin worked with the first team during spring training to get in shape.
He’s currently in the Futures League (second team), where he’s learning the ropes, but he’s also identified something he needs to work on: a shaky delivery. As of the 25th, Shin had given up 23 walks in 23.1 innings pitched in five Futures League games. That’s almost one per inning.
The recent trend is not bad. On April 14, he pitched seven innings of one-hit ball with three walks and eight strikeouts against the KIA Tigers Future team, and on April 24, he shut down the Samsung Lions Future team with five innings of one-hit ball with 89 pitches, four walks, and 11 strikeouts.
However, he also gave up a total of seven walks in those two games, so it’s hard to say that his pitches are completely stabilized yet. This was also the opinion of NC manager Kang In-hwa.메이저사이트
“It’s true that (Shin Young-woo’s) walks have decreased a lot,” Kang said before the game against the Busan Lotte Giants (3-1 NC win) on April 24. The number of strikeouts is also increasing,” he said, adding, “What’s still troubling is that he had 11 strikeouts and four walks (against Samsung Electronics on the 24th). I think highly of his ability to strike out, but I would like him to reduce his walks a bit more.” He gave Shin Young-woo a clear task.
The manager also wants Shin to utilize his biggest strength: his fastball.
“(Shin Young-woo) seems to be working the count with his breaking ball and getting strikeouts with his fastball and splitter, but I would like him to utilize his fastball strength, which is his fast speed, more than his breaking ball.” Kang said.