With the Hanhwa releasing foreign pitcher Birch Smith (33), future one-two punch Moon Dong-ju (20) and Kim Seo-hyun (19) touched the baton. In line with Moon Dong-joo’s break, Kim Seo-hyun was called up to the first team. 

On the 19th, ahead of the game against Doosan in Daejeon, Hanwha requested the KBO to disclose a waiver for foreign pitcher Smith. Smith, who voluntarily suffered from shoulder pain after throwing 60 pitches in 2⅔ innings against Gocheok Kiwoom on the 1st, which was the season opener, was disgraced by the first release as his physical condition did not improve. Hanwha announced that it would promptly recruit a new foreign pitcher to replace Smith. 안전놀이터

With Smith released, Hanwha’s future plan is operating normally. On this day, Hanwha registered first-place rookie pitcher Kim Seo-hyun in the first team entry. Moon Dong-ju, who was thrown as a starter in the match against Doosan the previous day (18th), was excluded from the entry due to condition management, and Kim Seo-hyun was posted in the vacant seat.  

Kim Seo-hyun, a graduate of Seoul High School, was nominated by Hanwha as the 1st overall pick in the first round this year. In the demonstration game, he threw a fastball of up to 158 km and recorded an average ERA of 1.80 in 5 games (5 innings) and 3 holds, but he started the season with the Futures team to follow the systematic development process. Kim Seo-hyun, who pitched 7 innings in relief pitching in all 5 games in the 2nd Division Futures League, earned 1 hold and pitched well with an average ERA of 1.29 and 11 strikeouts.

The most recent, on the 16th, against Ganghwa SSG, he blocked it with 2 innings, 1 hit, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts and no runs. He finished 2 innings with 18 pitches, mixing up to 156 km fastball, curveball, changeup, and knuckleball. The call-up to the first team was made three days after that. 

In an interview before the game, Hanwha coach Carlos Subero said, “Kim Seo-hyun did a good job of the parts he was asked to do when he was sent to the second team. In the professional game, he had time to learn by repeating innings, and the situation coincided and he was promoted to the first team. Power “It’s too early to say, but if you look at your talent, you can become the best finisher in the KBO League in the future. There are many steps to climb to become that way. depends,” he said. 

In addition, Moon Dong-ju, who threw the most 98 pitches in an individual game against Doosan the previous day (18th), was canceled from the first team entry and skipped the starting rotation once. Coach Subero said, “Since spring camp, I made a management plan to take a break after starting the first three games. He has shown strong performances so far, but he is still a young player and he has a lot more to show in the future. It is the role of a leader to help show that part more. There will be a schedule to take a break once in a while,” he explained. 

Hanwha, who left Smith after 2⅔ innings due to a shoulder injury in the opening game, is in a situation where it is difficult to operate the starting rotation normally for a month in April. It is not a relaxed situation, but Moon Dong-ju Manager Subero said, “Moon Dong-ju will return to the NC match on the 29th (Daejeon) after taking a break for 10 days. The substitute selection to replace Moon Dong-ju is yet to be determined.” /waw@osen. com.kr

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