Choi Ji-min, a 19-year-old rookie, played his first game in the first division in the match between LG-KIA of the 2022 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on the afternoon of April 2.
But he froze on the mound. He pitched vigorously in the top of the ninth inning, but showed unstable control, perhaps because he was too nervous. In the top of the ninth inning, Chae Eun-sung hit a solo home run and allowed Park Hae-min to be pushed out with a hit ball in the crisis of two outs and a full base. 토토사이트
Choi Ji-min’s expression was redolent. This wasn’t the end. With the bases loaded at 2 o’clock, Kim Min-jung was allowed a sweeping three-run hit. It was a harsh debut match for Choi Ji-min.
Choi Ji-min played in six exhibition games and struggled with six hits, six walks and five runs in 6.1 innings, and a 7.11 ERA, but entered the first division entry. However, he pitched in two relief games and was sluggish with five hits (one home run), three strikeouts, and five runs in two innings. Choi Ji-min, who made a harsh professional debut, was removed from the first-tier entry on April 9 and went down to the Futures League.
Then, Choi Ji-min took the mound in the ninth inning of the game against Hanwha in Daejeon on the 6th. It had nothing to do with winning or losing because it was a 13-2 lead, but it was 180 degrees different from the opening game.
After striking out Hanwha Lee Sung-gon and Lee Jin-young in a row, he handled Kim In-hwan with a grounder to second base and finished with a clean three-way retirement. The fastball and change-up of up to 146km from a low arm angle surprised Kia’s dugout players.
In particular, Lee Eui-ri and Choi Hyung-woo were caught on the broadcast camera in admiration with their mouths wide open. After the game, coach Kim Jong-kook also praised Choi Ji-min’s good pitching.
Meanwhile, Choi Ji-min is a left-handed pitcher with a physique of 185cm and 100kg, who led Gangneung High School to the Golden Lion victory last year, and joined KIA as the fifth overall in the second round of this year.