‘Who Gained’ Jamsil Rivalry, Hidden Card of Mid-Season Trade Turnaround… A Mixed Bag of Rarities

Doosan and LG have prepared their hidden cards ahead of the first Jamsil rivalry game of the second half.

Doosan and LG made surprise call-ups of traded players brought in out of necessity.

Doosan and LG called up pitcher Kim Jung-woo (24) and outfielder Choi Seung-min (27) to the first team ahead of the eighth game of the season between the two teams at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on Monday. Both players were emergency acquisitions via one-for-one trades this season.

Kim left SSG Landers for Doosan on May 25 in a one-for-one trade with Kang Jin-sung.

The right-handed pitcher was drafted by SSG’s predecessor SK in 2018 with the 1st round pick after graduating from Dongsan High School. After leaving the military, he moved to Doosan while dreaming of making a serious leap forward. Doosan explained, “We were attracted to the young pitcher’s variety of pitches and his fastball, which reaches a maximum velocity of 148 kilometers per hour, and decided that he could be a good resource for the team in the long run. He also has a good slider and changeup.

He made one first-team appearance after the trade. In five games and 4 ⅔ innings, he allowed four runs on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts and a 7.71 ERA.

In the Futures League, he was utilized as a bullpen arm and closer. In 22 games in the Futures League, he went 2-1 with six saves and a 1.57 ERA. He could provide a much-needed boost to the Doosan bullpen in the heat of the season.

Choi Seung-min is a right-handed hitting outfielder who was acquired by LG to replace Shin Min-jae, who has made the jump to second base. He was acquired on July 18 in a trade for pitcher Chae Ji-seon. He played in the first team for the first time after the transfer.

He showed his worth by stealing three bases in two games in the Futures League.

LG manager Yeom Kyung-yeop has been keeping a close eye on him and gauging the timing of his call-up. Before the game, he said, “I was going to call him up after about 10 games, but I thought I needed an outfielder, so I called him up early. I’m going to use him as a pinch-hitter, and I’m going to use him as a catcher. I watched him run, and he has speed, but he’s a little slow to start. I think I’ll have to adapt here (in the first team),” he said. 꽁머니사이트

On the first day of his call-up, he showed promise. But it was a mixed bag.

Trailing 2-6 with one out in the eighth inning, Kim struggled, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks in 1⅔ innings.

An infield single to Moon Sung-joo in the eighth allowed Kim to score the winning run. In the ninth, he scored two runs on two hits.

In the ninth inning, Kim Jung-woo and Choi Seung-min faced each other on first and second base.

In his first at-bat since joining Doosan, Choi Seung-min technically pulled a five-pitch high changeup from Kim Jong-woo for an RBI single. A hit in his first at-bat after the transfer. It was a good start for his new team, LG. He had runners on first and third, but with a big lead, he had to wait until later to showcase his ability to steal second base.

Kim struggled with his changeup, but the power of the 147-kilometer fastball was something to behold. A card to bolster Doosan’s bullpen depth.

Choi Seung-min, who was brought in as a pinch-hitter, showed off his batting prowess on the day. He is expected to get frequent playing time not only as a pinch hitter but also in the outfield.

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