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“Can you name the ball that An Woo-jin threw?” Gocheok Dome was buzzing

Kiwoom Heroes ‘Ace’ Woo-jin Ahn started the mound in the KT Wiz match on the 25th.

After the pitching, the pitching analysis table was delivered through the club’s power analysis team. Usually, the type of pitch, the number of pitches, and velocity are indicated here. However, there were 6 balls marked as ‘Other’ on the pitching analysis table that day, not any pitch type.

Until the next day, various opinions were divided among the officials about what kind of pitch was the other pitch. There was a story that An Woo-jin practiced a sweeper, which recently became a hot topic in the KBO league because of Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels). Still, the Gocheok Dome bench was buzzing with things like it was clearly different from a normal slider.

The reason why the club’s power analysis team had no choice but to mark it as other was that there was no classification table for sweepers yet, and it showed a distinctly different trajectory from the existing slider. The news spread that Ahn Woo-jin is practicing sweeper recently, so you may be suspicious (?) of whether he should be seen as a sweeper. However, according to the club officials, An Woo-jin did not throw a sweeper like Ohtani with a two-seam grip that day. An Woo-jin grabbed the slider grip and used a variant pitch to produce a curve-like movement with a slightly different trajectory. To put it bluntly, it can be seen as a slub.

In a situation where NC Dinos Eric Peddy is also becoming a hot topic for using a sweeper, Ahn Woo-jin is actually sparing his words. “It’s embarrassing because I’m still practicing,” he explains simply. However, it is certain that he is equipped with a new type of pitch while using a modified slider, not a regular slider.

Director Hong Won-ki of Kiwoom was cautious, saying, “The technical part is entirely left to the players and coaches. It’s not something I can say. I only talk about it when there is a risk of injury.” Pitcher expert Yang Sang-moon, SPOTV commentator, who was listening to reporters talking about the pitch type of An Woo-jin from the side, joked, “Isn’t it a ‘ghost slider’?” praised At the same time, both committee members also suggested, “Don’t call it Ohtani’s sweeper, but if An Woo-jin’s own pitch is equipped in the future, how about naming a new pitch?”

There are expressions such as slub and sweeper depending on the movement and grip of the ball, but if An Woo-jin’s own new weapon is equipped, ㅋㅋㅋ벳 renaming the ball type accordingly is also a worthwhile idea.

Of course, you shouldn’t focus only on the fact that he is practicing a new pitch. An Woo-jin is showing more advanced pitching than last year this season. He has 2 wins and 1 loss with an earned run average of only 0.84 in 5 games.

On the 25th, another pitching expert, KT manager Lee Kang-cheol, the opposing team’s commanding officer, reviewed An Woo-jin’s pitching and said, “Until last year, shaky innings or straight walks always came out, but this year there is no such appearance. His pitching is much more stable. A really good pitcher. It’s gone,” he said, sparing no praise. Research on new pitches and greed as a player. Ahn Woo-jin is growing into a really scary pitcher.


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