Why is a 19-year-old special talent struggling with a 9.00 ERA?

Kim Taek-yeon (Doosan), the superstar rookie who defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Major League Baseball, is experiencing growing pains in his KBO debut. What happened to the 19-year-old, who even competed for the closer’s job in an exhibition game?

Doosan Bears manager Lee Seung-yeop diagnosed the cause of Kim’s slump ahead of the team’s third game of the 2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League against the KT Wiz at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on April 28.

In his debut season,

Kim had a 9.00 ERA in two games without a win or loss. He faced the high barriers of the professional ranks when he gave up two runs on two hits and three walks in one inning against Changwon NC on the 23rd, his first-team debut, 토토사이트 and struggled against Suwon KT the day before, giving up one run (unearned) on two hits and one walk in one inning.

Kim put on a strong KK show in the special match against the Dodgers in the MLB World Tour Seoul Series following a perfect 3-0 record with two saves in three exhibition games, but he hasn’t been able to capitalize on his strengths in the regular season.

“I think it might be a psychological issue,” Lee said, “Yesterday, after getting an out, he was shaken up by an error that allowed a runner to score. His at-bat should have been a foul ball or a swing and a miss after two strikes, but it wasn’t. “It’s a process of growing up,” he said. “High school baseball and the pros are completely different. High school baseball and the pros are completely different. It’s not a failure, it’s a good experience.”

He also explained why he replaced Chung Chul-won,

The closer who gave up a walk-off single in the ninth inning the previous day, with Park Chi-guk. Lee said, “Chung was supposed to be the closer, but he kept giving up walks. We had three runs and the tying run on base, and his pitches weren’t working. It was time to make a judgment call. The team was more important, so I had no choice.”

Meanwhile, Doosan welcomed KT rookie Won Sang-hyun to the lineup, which is Jung Soo-bin (center field), Henry Ramos (right field), Yang Ji (designated hitter), Kim Jae-hwan (left field), Yang Seok-hwan (first base), Kang Seung-ho (second base), 파워볼실시간 Heo Kyung-min (third base), Jang Seung-hyun (catcher), and Park Jun-young (shortstop). Kim Dong-ju is the starting pitcher. Yang Ji-hyeon handed over the catcher’s mask to Jang Seung-hyun to rest.

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