Kiwoom Heroes released long-serving foreign pitcher Yokishi and recruited a new foreign pitcher.
He signed left-hander Ian McKinney as a replacement foreign pitcher for Eric Yokishi, who was on waiver due to injury.메이저사이트
On the 16th, Kiwoom said, “We signed a contract with Ian McKinney for a total of $185,000.”
Attention is focusing on whether McKinney has the game management ability Kiwoom wants. Photo = Provided by Kiwoom Heroes
American left-hander Ian McKinney was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 5th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft.
Ian McKinney, 181cm, 80kg, throws a variety of pitches such as cutter, changeup, and curveball based on a fastball with a maximum velocity of 147km/h. In particular, the curve he uses as his decision ball is evaluated as powerful.
He played 9 seasons in the minor leagues, recording 49 wins and 31 losses with a 3.59 ERA in 176 games and 667.2 innings.
He played for the Gastonia Honey Hunters of the American Independent League Atlantic League this season.
He was also the pitching coach for his team. He also interpreted the advantage of being able to broadly understand and utilize the team’s analysis data.
He has appeared in eight games this season, going 4-1 with a 4.24 earned run average in 46.2 innings.
He is a pitcher without a major league career. He can be said to be a pitcher who is exposing such an uneasy corner.
While his major league career isn’t going to be a yardstick for his success, it’s hard to believe in him because he hasn’t done well in the minor leagues.
Even in the independent league, he had an earned run average of 4 points, so it can be said that it is difficult to get a high score.
He can’t be said to be in very good shape physically.
His short height of 180cm can be considered as a weakness.
You can’t say that you have to be tall to achieve good results. However, it can be said that the difference between having and not having physical strengths that our players lack is huge.
If possible, having a pitching mechanism that throws down from a tall height is likely to lead to a good pitch.
It is not unconditionally that tall players succeed, but it is an undeniable fact that tall players have an advantage.
It is difficult to see the height of 180cm as an advantageous condition. It is difficult to say that he has good physical condition.
I can’t say no unconditionally, but I can’t say that I have the conditions to overwhelm the hitters in the KBO League. Since it is difficult to expect an overwhelming pitch, it can be said that there is no choice but to expect efficient ball mixing and game management skills.
It seems that McKinney will be able to show the level of game management ability to know the answer by watching more in the future.
It remains to be seen whether McKinney’s skills will lead to the ace-class pitching that Kiwoom wants.