“The first 100+ experience, I will continue the success of Geelong Korea” Hanwha 150km Yi-hwang Jeong
Australian Professional Baseball (ABL) Geelong Korea has emerged as the cradle of KBO league prospects. In the 2019-2020 season, pitcher Lee In-bok (Lotte), infielders Kim Min-soo (Lotte), Jeon Byeong-woo (Kiwoom), outfielders Hong Chang-ki, Lee Jae-won (above LG), Lim Ji-yeol (Kiwoom), Ko Seung-min (Lotte), etc. emerged as a player.
Among the players who have been to Geelong in the 2022-2023 season, there are many players who are looking forward to it. Pitchers Jang Jae-young (Kiwoom), Choi Ji-min (KIA), infielder Song Chan-eui (LG), and outfielder Ha Jae-hoon (SSG) raised expectations for the new season by using their performances in Australia as a stepping stone.
Even in Hanwha, which dispatched the most 15 players, there are many promising players who have had good experiences. Among pitchers, right-hander Jeong Yi-hwang (23) is representative. He pitched 33⅓ innings in 6 games as a starter, going 1-3 with a 4.86 earned run average and 28 strikeouts. He is 190 cm tall and throws a ball with a speed of up to 150 km, mixing a slider and a forkball.
Choi Won-ho, coach of Hanwha Futures, who watched Jeong Yi-hwang’s growth process last year, said, “I improved a lot after going to Australia. 스포츠토토 It seems to have been an upgraded opportunity.” It takes him a long time to warm up in the bullpen, but he is fine as a setup man as long as he gets the ball.” Positions are determined according to the movement of the 1st and 2nd teams during the demonstration game in mid-March.
Jeong Yi-hwang said, “I was in Australia for two months and it was fun because I tried a lot. He was the first to throw more than 100 balls. He was originally scheduled to throw around 90, but he said he would only pitch one more inning. He felt new,” he said. On December 17 last year, against the Melbourne Aces, he pitched 7 innings with 2 earned runs and threw a personal record of 108 pitches. After throwing 95 pitches through the 6th inning, he got on the mound in the 7th inning as well, and succeeded in pitching his first 7 innings with a three-way strikeout including two strikeouts.