Moon Dong-ju (21), a native ace of the Hanwha Eagles, said in an interview with Kimpo Airport after the Asian Professional Baseball Championship last year, “I have a desire to be arrested. I want to play more.” He also said the same thing at Melbourne Ballpark in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on the 2nd (Korean time).헤라카지노도메인
Moon shot 160.1 kilometers against Park Chan-ho (29) in the game against the Kia Tigers in Gwangju on April 12, 2023. It was the first time he shot 160 kilometers in the KBO League. He failed to shoot 160 kilometers again since then, but his average speed of fastballs was 151.6 kilometers in the 2023 season based on the statistics website Statistics.
There are also pitchers in the Major League who throw up to 160 kilometers. The global trend is that more and more ball power pitchers, especially those who can put in more strikes, are surviving. Moon Dong-ju has fully demonstrated that possibility by recording eight wins, eight losses and an ERA of 3.72 in 23 games during the 2023 season.
Moon said, “We prepared so well for the off-season. We have to show good results as much as we prepared. We have to do better than last year. We didn’t set big goals. I had last year’s experience, and I studied and thought about how to pitch. I will practice going forward. I think I prepared well. We just have to start.”
The starting lineup for the opening game (against the LG Twins in Jamsil on March 23) is also possible. Choi Won-ho opened up possibilities. “I haven’t heard anything from you personally yet. You have to live up to your expectations, and it’s important not to get hurt,” Moon said. “I’ve been in good shape, so I’ll be fine if I go as I thought.”
Then, he brought up the topic of ball speed. “I have an idea about ball speed. I cannot say that it is not important. A pitcher can become a threat to batters only when he or she has ball speed. All pitchers have ball speed. Of course, breaking ball command is also important. I still lack a lot of breaking balls. I think I have to work harder to make the breaking ball that I have (main weapon curve). But I also have to bring the ball speed with me,” Moon said.
To revive the power of fastballs, it is important in the long run to raise the level of slider and changeup completion in addition to the main weapon curve in order to become the No. 1 player in the KBO League. “I can adequately deal with the pitches I have. I need to make my breaking balls perfect,” Moon said.
In this respect, he said he was not sure about the evaluation that the game management ability should be supplemented, and vowed to show the results. Moon Dong-ju said, “I’m not sure which one is the game management. The results should be good. The game management that I thought should come out well and the number of pitches should be small. If I have more experience, I think I will throw it thinking about that.”
Moon Dong-ju has a point. This is because game management ability means nothing if the results are not supported. He said, “I think I came up with that because I feel immature because I am young and have little experience. There is a game management that I can do at my age. My thoughts can be a weapon. I’m going to hit it.”
He also confessed that he pitched from the first inning of both the Hangzhou Asian Games and the Asian Professional Baseball Championship, and that he did not intentionally separate when he relaxed and when he did not. Moon said, “It just looked like that. I didn’t throw it because I learned and thought about it myself, but I think it came out on its own, just in accordance with the situation.”
Moon Dong-ju goes his own way. It is important to operate the game with ambiguous substance and improve the quality of breaking balls, but we also decided to focus on increasing fastball speed. As the speed increases, the pitching balance is maintained, and if the command remains unchanged, there is nothing more to expect. Age is the weapon, so there is nothing impossible. Moon Dong-ju stood on the path to 10 wins, or 15 wins.