NC foreign pitcher Taylor Widener (29) digested the actual game in about a month and a half. His first first team appearance of the season was also imminent. With the addition of Widener, the possibility of reorganizing the NC starters is predicted.
Widener started the match against Goyang in the Futures League held at Goyang Baseball Stadium on the 18th. On March 27, just before the start of the season, he returned to the mound after 53 days after losing power due to back pain. Widener allowed 1 hit and 3 walks in 3 innings, but struck out 6 and pitched scoreless. He had 57 pitches and fast ball speed with an average speed of 145 km per hour and a maximum speed of 149 km per hour. He was driven to the bases loaded crisis, allowing two balls that hit the body only in the second inning, but struck out two and blocked the inning without allowing any runs. After the game, Widener said, “I’m happy to be able to throw in a regular game without getting sick.”
Widener is scheduled to register for the first team at the end of this month at the earliest after making another appearance in the Futures League on the 23rd. If Widener joins, NC can have the best starting lineup in the league along with Eric Peddy and Koo Chang-mo. Expectations for synergy are also high when a combination of Pedy, the league’s grounder in judo, and a typical power pitcher widener is created. From the time of recruiting Widener, NC expected that the power would be doubled because of the different styles from Peddy.
Sub-selection is also expected to change. ‘Used rookie’ Lee Yong-jun is performing well above expectations with an ERA of 1.53 in 5 starts, but Song Myung-ki and Shin Min-hyuk are in trouble.
Song Myung-ki was canceled from the first team entry on the 3rd due to poor pitching. He returned after 10 days and started before Kiwoom on the 13th, but failed to rebound with 7 runs (6 earned) in 3.2 innings. Song Myung-ki went down to the Futures League the next day. 토스카지노
Shin Myeon-hyeok is also in a bad situation. In the match against SSG on the 16th, he was replaced after allowing 2 runs in 1.1 innings. It is the first time NC coach Kang In-kwon has dropped a starting pitcher before filling two innings.
Choi Seong-young and Lee Jae-hak cannot rule out the possibility of entering the starting lineup. Choi Seong-young hurriedly got on the mound after Shin Min-hyeok’s early decision, and pitched 4 innings, 4 strikeouts and no runs, and became the winning pitcher. It was the first appearance of the season after registering for the first team on the 14th, but it left a good impression. Coach Kang praised Choi Seong-young, saying, “I prepared Seong-young Choi in advance in case Min-hyeok Shin is in poor condition and needs to be replaced early.”
Lee Jae-hak, the native NC aid ace, is also preparing to join the first team step by step. He has a 1.53 earned run average in seven appearances in the Futures League. Initially, Lee Jae-hak was highly likely to be an alternative starter on the 7th, right after Song Myung-ki’s first entry was canceled, but he could not seize the opportunity as the starting rotation was pushed back due to rain cancellation.