Rebuilding the relief pitcher is Samsung’s biggest off-season task. Samsung, which ranked the lowest among the 10 teams with a 5.16 bullpen ERA this season, is focusing on reinforcing its waist by recruiting Kim Jae-yoon, a former relief pitcher, from the FA market. Kang Min-ho, who is keeping the home turf of Samsung, stressed that Choi Choong-yeon, a former first-round pick, should play his role to rebuild the relief pitcher.헤라카지노
After graduating from Gyeongbuk High School, Choi Choong-yeon, who received Samsung’s first nomination in 2016, played a key member of the must-win group with two wins, six losses, eight saves and 16 holds (3.60 ERA) in 2018. In August of that year, he was selected for the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games team and even enjoyed the benefits of military service by winning the gold medal.
He had high expectations for his reputation as a national baseball star, but he failed to take the mound for a while due to surgery on his right elbow. He played in 38 games last year and lost only one game without a win. Excluding July when he had an ERA of 4.70, which was 2.70 in nine games, he was deeply disappointed. He could no longer play in the first division after the game against Kia on Sept. 25.
Coach Park Jin-man selected Choi Choong-yeon as the MVP of the spring camp in Okinawa, Japan, and said, “He played more than 1,000 pitches that he promised himself and showed good performance in the actual game. I was grateful for not only working hard on his individual training but also for bringing strength to the team.”
He had high expectations as a key member of this season’s pitching team, but had an ERA of 4.82 in seven games without a win or loss. Since the game against NC in Changwon on May 20, he has failed to take the mound in the first division.
“I had high expectations. I had high expectations. I also prepared a lot. I have increased the amount of practice,” coach Park Jin-man said. “The player himself must be the most frustrated. I prepared really hard from the spring camp, but it’s a pity that I don’t feel well after this season.”
Appearing on KBSN sports commentator Kim Tae-kyun’s YouTube channel “Kim Tae-kyun [TK52]” (2018), Kang said, “After achieving a career high, I thought I would do really well, but I couldn’t. I have so many strengths, but I can’t get a zero. I tried hard, including throwing more than 1,000 pitches during the spring camp, but it didn’t work out. I think it will work out well, but it’s a shame that something doesn’t explode. Since I lost a lot of speed and couldn’t get a zero this season, I couldn’t throw as hard as I wanted.”
“When Choi Choong-yeon bursts, the fighting spirit will become stronger. I’m looking forward to it and I’m like a player and a sore finger. I know Choi’s style, but I can’t find the ball power then, which is a shame. During the camp, I purposely visited Choong-yeon, got pitching, and talked a lot. I hope she will make more efforts and contribute to the team,” he added.
Choi Choong-yeon, who has been on a downward curve since her career-high performance in 2018, also has strong will to revive her. “You have to bite your teeth tightly. You have to do better than work hard. That’s all I have to say. If you’re feeling well, you can do well.” Choi made her professional debut in the first year of Daegu Samsung Lions Park