LG coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop once announced the possibility of turning Pil Seung-jo Yoo Young-chan (26) into the starting pitcher. Yoo Young-chan, who heard this story, directly expressed his thoughts.스포츠토토

Currently, LG’s concern is the native selection team. There are a lot of players who will start, but there is no player who has definitely settled down. Except for Lim Chan-gyu, Lee Min-ho, Kim Yun-shik, Lee Sang-young, Kang Hyo-jong, and Lee Ji-gang have all appeared, but there is no pitcher who will be responsible for 5 innings.

Because of this, director Yeom Kyung-yeop’s head hurts. So he is even considering converting one of his bullpen resources into a starter.

But not this year. plans for next year

The pitcher Yeom Gyeong-yeop is worried about is Yoo Young-chan. Yoo Young-chan, who completed his military service last year, took his place as Pil Seung-jo.

At first, he played the role of long relief, but gradually gained the trust of the coaching staff and rose to the winning group. He throws three types of pitches, including a fast ball in the upper half of 140 km/h, a splitter, and a slider.

The most outstanding part of him is his pitching form. It is so soft. In addition, it is evaluated that it is possible to be a starting pitcher with a large number of pitches because of its good balance.

Director Yeom Gyeong-yeop said, “I have an idea to use Young-chan Yoo as a starting card in the final camp or spring camp.”

However, as the sluggishness of the native starters continues, they may venture out. Speaking of adventure here, if the starting lineup is not established by the deadline that director Yeom Kyung-yeop thinks of, he will switch Yoo Young-chan to the starting lineup.

Meanwhile, Yoo Young-chan continues to satisfy director Yeom Kyung-yeop. He also does multi-inning well.

In the game on the 16th, he posted a relief victory (4th win of the season) with 1⅔ innings of scoreless pitching. In particular, at the beginning of the 7th inning, in the crisis of 1 out 1 and 3 base, he did not waver and finished the inning well even though the bench was cleared due to his sand ball.

Yoo Young-chan, who we met after the game, said, “The pitching coach told me not to worry and throw four balls, so I did it. I think my efforts to enjoy the atmosphere resulted in good results.”

Then came the story of selection transition. When I told him that it was the last card of director Yeom Gyeong-yeop, Yoo Young-chan said, “I believe that the Korean starters will throw well.”

It is not that there is no selection experience. He has been a starter in the Futures League in 2020 before going to the army and in September of last year.

Yoo Young-chan said, “Every time I threw as a starter, the results were not good.

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