Park Young-hyun (20), a key member of the KT WIZ bullpen in the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO), expressed his confidence that he can not only pitch back-to-back games in the postseason but also pitch three in a row.
“I also pitched a lot at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games,” Park said after the team’s final training session for the playoffs (PO) at Katie Wiz Park in Suwon on Monday, adding, “I will give it my all as the team’s championship is at stake.”
Park Young-hyun, a right-handed pitcher in his second year as a professional, is KT’s most trusted bullpen.
In 68 games this season, he went 3-3 with 32 holds, four saves, and a 2.75 ERA.
As the go-to setup man in front of closer Kim Jae-yoon, he helped KT to a second-place finish in the regular season.
The question is stamina. Park played full-time this year for the first time since his professional debut.
Last month, he had a hectic schedule, pitching in four of the six games at the Hangzhou Asian Games.
Park will need to be at full strength once again. The nature of the postseason requires him to pitch not only back-to-back games, but sometimes three in a row.
“I took three weeks off after the regular season,” Park said, “and I was restless because I felt like I was too rested.”
“As I gained a lot of experience at the Asian Games, I’m confident that I’ll be able to pitch better in the postseason,” he said.
Park isn’t worried about his recent velocity issues either. Park has been struggling with his fastball in the bullpen lately.
“It’s true that my velocity is about 10 kilometers per hour lower than usual,” Park said, “but it will come back when I play. Even last year, I felt better with the postseason atmosphere.”
Park also expressed excitement rather than worry.
“Right now, I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s game,” he said. “It’s a matchup of aces on both teams, and it’s going to be fun. I’m going to have fun and try to win.” 스포츠토토