‘99-year-old pitching genius’ Ahn Woo-jin and Kang Baek-ho, clear motivation and a true sword fight￼
The potential has been fully realized. A new season with a clear motivation is coming.
The best stars in the Year of the Rabbit in professional baseball, which are attracting attention as the stars of the ‘Gye Cat Year’, are by far Ahn Woo-jin (24, Raised Heroes) and Kang Baek-ho (24, KT Wiz). Since their debut, the two have been regarded as the best prospects to lead Korean professional baseball, and their potential has been revealed in an early year. Now, he has grown into the best pitching ace of each team and is at the forefront of driving team performance.
For the two ‘geniuses’, this year’s performance is very important. Each of them is predicting a big success with different motivations. Ahn Woo-jin continued his best season in 2022, and Kang Baek-ho is aiming for a new leap forward so as not to repeat the sluggishness of 2022, when he first tasted bitterness after his debut.
On the 29th, Ahn Woo-jin went to Incheon International Airport before Kang Baek-ho. Kiwoom set up a spring camp in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, and Ahn Woo-jin is expected to step up his physical condition in line with the regular season.
An Woo-jin was the best ace of Kiwoom’s pitching staff in 2022. He appeared in 30 regular season games (196 innings), leaving a record of 15 wins, 8 losses, and an earned run average of 2.11, with 224 strikeouts. Even in the postseason, he endured a finger blister injury and showed his fighting spirit, playing a decisive role in the team’s advancement to the Korean Series.
Combining the regular season and postseason, Ahn Woo-jin pitched over 200 innings last year. In his first year as a full-time starting pitcher, he was the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP). His performance in the 2023 season, his next season, is bound to attract greater attention. In order to prove their steady skills, this year, they must demonstrate ‘monster’ level power that is not inferior to last year.
Kang Baek-ho’s motivation is more certain than An Woo-jin’s. Kang Baek-ho accepted the worst report card since his debut last year due to overlapping injuries and sluggishness. In 62 games he only had a .245 batting average, 6 home runs, 29 RBIs and 24 runs scored. 토토사이트
He also had a strong aftershock. Kang Baek-ho signed a 47.3% cut of 290 million won from the 2022 season salary of 550 million won in the team salary negotiations that took place after the season. cut in half. Negotiations were also delayed, and even spring camp was belatedly joined. On the 31st, two days after his headquarters left, he was on his way to departure through Incheon International Airport.
The two geniuses will start quenching for the new season in earnest from February. The 2023 season of people of the same age born in 1999 who are predicted to make a big success as pitching aces. The confrontation between the two armed with a new mindset is also expected to attract great attention.