The first opponent of the KIA super rookie is a national batting… “Make it combative!”
“Super Rookie” Yoon Young-chul (19) will make his first appearance in the KIA Tigers uniform. The opponent is the World Baseball Classic (WBC) baseball team. The chief gave advice.
KIA will play a practice match against the WBC 메이저놀이터 baseball team at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, USA on the 20th (Korean time). It is the first actual game that KIA plays in spring camp.
KIA coach Kim Jong-guk, who met after training on the morning of the 18th, revealed his plan, saying, “We will play against the national team on the 20th and NC on the 22nd and 23rd. .
Veterans are excluded from playing against the national team. Manager Kim said, “We will focus on players who need to check their skills. Veterans will be excluded.
The starting pitcher is ‘left-handed fireballer’ Kim Ki-hoon. Ki-Hoon Kim is one of the 5 starting candidates. Director Kim explained, “(Kim) Ki-hoon throws short. Ki-hoon and (Yoon) Young-cheol throw two innings each, and then the middle pitchers go out.”
Yoon Young-cheol, who was nominated by the KIA as the 2nd overall pick in the 1st round of the 2023 KBO Draft, is also a candidate for the 5th selection. He competes for a place with prominent seniors Ki-Hoon Kim and Gi-Young Lim. Yoon Young-cheol makes his first start against his national team line-up.
Director Kim said, “(Yoon) Yeong-chul is the first pitcher since he came to the professional league. He plays with the great seniors of the national team, and he can hit a home run or a hit, or he can concede a run.
The lineup will be mainly composed of young players, but some key players will also be in the game. Manager Kim said, “(Park) Chan-ho has a slight injury to his wrist. He can defend, but he is unlikely to hit. Kim Do-young, Ryu Ji-hyuk, Byun Woo-hyuk, and Hwang Dae-in can go.”
As KIA is the first actual game, it is important to improve the condition in the practice game. What part did the command tower order? Coach Kim said, “There is nothing that puts pressure on the players for the first practice game. You can do well next time. I hope you follow the prepared routine.”