LG Twins manager Yoon Kyung-yeop revealed his concerns about homegrown starting pitcher Choi Won-tae.
“If he’s not good in his next start, I’ll either take him off the roster once or extend him for a longer period of time and look at (the rotation),” Yoon told reporters ahead of the KBO’s KT Wiz game at Katie Wiz Park in Suwon on June 6.메이저놀이터
The previous day, Choi allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits (one home run) and one walk in three innings against KT.
When the game was delayed for 104 minutes due to heavy rain in the top of the fourth inning, Choi naturally turned the ball over to the bullpen.
His struggles are not taken lightly, as he was acquired in a bold trade in July to help LG win its first Korean Series title in 29 years.
In exchange for Choi, LG gave the Kiwoom Heroes two pitching prospects, Lee Ju-hyung and Kim Dong-gyu, and a first-round pick in the 2024 amateur draft.
Choi threw six scoreless innings in his debut on July 30, but struggled in August, posting a 9.00 ERA in four games and 21 innings.
He was unable to break his bad luck in his last start on 10 days’ rest.
Reliever Yoo Young-chan, whose pace has slowed with five runs in three innings in the last three games, will also get a day or two off.
“I used to be a pitcher who was busy throwing strikes, but not anymore,” Yoon said. But if you want to go to the next level, you have to be able to see the corners of the (strike zone) and fight in favorable counts,” he analyzed.
As for closer Go Woo-seok, who saved the one-run victory the previous day, Yoon said, “He showed the characteristics of a save king in an important game and situation,” adding, “Coach Kim Kyung-tae and Coach Kim Kwang-sam prepared him quickly.”