Kim Young-gyu and Kim Sung-yoon aboard the Ryu Joong-il…what strengths did they notice?

The baseball team for the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games has announced a roster change after much deliberation. NC Dinos pitcher Kim Young-gyu and Samsung Lions outfielder Kim Sung-yoon have joined the Ryu Joong-il. The head coach noted the strengths of both players.

The Korea Baseball Softball Association (KBSA) Performance Enhancement Committee and the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) Power Enhancement Committee on Nov. 21 replaced NC’s Koo Chang-mo and Kiwoom Heroes’ Lee Jung-hoo with Kim Young-gyu and Kim Sung-yoon, respectively, from the Asian Games squad.토토사이트

Koo can serve as the team’s ace and be the centerpiece of the left-handed pitching staff. Despite suffering an arm injury in June, he was named as a wild card to the Asian Games roster.

After expressing a strong desire to compete in the Asian Games, Koo Chang-mo accelerated his rehabilitation and was added to the first team roster on June 20, but was ultimately denied a trip to Hangzhou. “We thought he was still in the rehabilitation stage,” national team coach Ryu Joong-il told Newsis on Nov. 21, explaining the reason for the change, saying, “He can’t throw his own ball.”

With Gu Chang-mo out, the team was short on left-handed pitchers and needed a left-hander. Koo’s teammate Kim Young-kyu was selected as the replacement.

Kim is having a career-high season, pitching 56⅔ innings in 59 games with a 2-4 record and a 3.34 ERA in 21 appearances. He surpassed the 20-hit mark for the first time in his professional career and is tied for third in the league in holds.

Young-gyu Kim is a specialty bullpen arm who can get you through the first inning without allowing a run. He has been strong against lefties (0.218 batting average) as well as righties (0.202).

The national team made the best possible choice. Ryu said of Kim, “He was the best option in terms of performance. He performed well against right-handed and left-handed hitters.”

[Daegu=News] Reporter Lee Moo-yeol = Samsung center fielder Kim Sung-yoon catches a fly ball hit by Doosan’s Yang Seok-hwan during the third inning of the baseball game between the Samsung Lions and Doosan Bears of the Shinhan Bank SOL 2023 KBO League at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on April 26. 2023.04.26. lmy@newsis.com

Lee had to be replaced after undergoing ankle surgery in July. With a gaping hole in the outfield, the national team debated between Kim Sung-yoon and Samsung’s Kim Hyun-jun before choosing Kim.

Kim, who had appeared in just 110 games in five seasons prior to this season, broke out this year and developed into the starting right fielder. In 97 games, he batted .312 with two home runs, 72 hits, 27 RBIs, and 19 stolen bases.

Kim’s obvious strength is his ability to hit for precision, and he’s been on fire of late, hitting .352 in the second half of the season. He also has quick feet, which can be used as a pinch runner and a big-time defender. He has been playing mostly in right field this year, but he can play all outfield positions.

Ryu said, “We decided that Kim Sung-yoon was better based on his overall performance. His performance against left-handed pitchers and his ability to steal bases are good.”

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