KIA Tigers Kim Ki-hoon (23) is preparing for a new season with a new pitching form.
On the 6th (Korean time), Kim Ki-hoon pitched his second bullpen in 메이저사이트 the spring camp held at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Kim Ki-hoon, who said, “After being discharged from the military, coming to the spring camp, I feel new,” adding, “It was nice that the weather was warm. There is still a lot to be concerned about in terms of balance. Now I’m going to throw it while checking it step by step. He changed his pitching form while he was at Sangmu, and he is trying to maintain the changed form,” he said, expressing his feelings after pitching in the bullpen.
Kim Ki-hoon, who joined as the first pick in the 2019 rookie draft, played an active role in Sangmu last year with an average ERA of 2.95 and 6 wins and 2 losses in 16 games (85⅓ innings) in Sangmu. continued Director Kim Jong-kook said, “Kim Ki-hoon was discharged from the military last year and his performance was really good. He went out to the bullpen last year, and he showed a performance that was close to winning. His pitch and strength itself have improved a lot. After he went to the army, he seems to have improved a lot and we are expecting a good performance this year as well. If he does not enter the starting lineup, he will be able to play the role of Pil Seung-jo,” he said, expecting Kim Ki-hoon to play an active role.
Kim Ki-hoon, who said, “I took apart and fixed a lot of pitching forms in Sangmu,” said, “The previous pitching form felt too rushed when throwing the ball. Now his form is trying to catch throwing the ball in a hurry, so I think I got my own form.”
Regarding the reason for changing his pitching form, Kim Ki-hoon said, “I thought that I would not be competitive if I pitched like this as I was getting discharged from Sangmu. So, he checked his form one by one and corrected it. I think I kept filming and watching my pitching form. I created the current form while thinking about how I would feel when I threw without receiving help from those around me,” he explained.
Kim Ki-hoon, who emphasized the difficulty of correcting the pitching form, said, “If the pitching form says to change, it will not change.” Still, he had a big heart and thought to tear it apart one by one and fix it, so he modified it little by little. In the army, I had a lot of time to think alone, so I prepared step by step and changed my pitching form little by little. Since Sangmu is in an environment where he can play baseball to his heart’s content, he was able to relax mentally and focus on himself,” he said about the process of correcting his pitching form.
Kim Ki-hoon said, “I am still not satisfied. Many problems remain. Still, I am thinking of maintaining the pitching that was good last season,” he said, adding that he wants to pitch better in the future.
Kim Ki-hoon, who showed good pitching last season, is competing with Lim Ki-young and Yoon Young-cheol for the 5th starter this camp. Kim Ki-hoon said, “Regardless of my position, my goal is to go up on the mound and play baseball as much as I can and come down. All pitchers dream of becoming a starting pitcher, but if I think too much about it, I will become greedy without even realizing it. Controlling myself well is the first thing,” he said, revealing his thoughts on the 5th selection competition.
Kim Ki-hoon, who is preparing for his 5th year as a pro, said, “I was satisfied with throwing my ball without regret on the first team stage last year. He tries to prepare with the same mindset all season. He has yet to play a full season in the first team. The goal is to complete the season in the first team without getting sick,” he set out his goal this season.