The Dodgers’ “Korean Monster Pitcher” has already been sprayed for 159 kilometers…Even in ERA 8.31, 14K per 9 innings ‘Strong Power’

Jang Hyun-suk (20), a “Korean-made fire bowler” who is spending his first season with a rookie team under the Los Angeles Dodgers, threw a maximum speed of 99 mph (159.3 km).

Jang Hyun-suk made two relief appearances in the second inning against the San Diego Padres rookie team at Glendale Camelback Ranch Complex in Arizona on the 23rd (Korea Standard Time) and pitched one inning perfectly, including two strikeouts.

After grounding the first batter Spence Coffman to shortstop, Choi Byung-yong and Addison Coppack struck out swinging and striking out swinging, respectively. After graduating from Shinil High School, he moved to the U.S. after graduating from high school and won a showdown with right-handed, left-handed infielder Choi Byung-yong, who was drafted 61st overall in the 20th round by San Diego in 2023.

“Jang Hyun-suk, a promising player, threw 99 mph (159.3 km) in the Arizona Complex League,” said Bruce Koontz, a promising player. Choi’s at-bat turned into a foul heading for the backnet.

As of Sunday, Jang has had one win and one loss with an 8.31 ERA in eight games (five starts) this season. Although his ERA is around eight points, he has struck out 25 times in 13 innings, showing off his overwhelming pitching capability with 14.1 hits per nine innings and a batting average of around .196.
As shown by the fact that there are many four outs with eight walks and three balls that fit the body, the ball control is still unstable. On the 5th, he was shaken by one hit (one homer) and four walks, three strikeouts and two runs in one inning against the Cincinnati Reds rookie team, and on the 12th, he collapsed significantly with three hits, two walks and six runs in one ⅓ against the Arizona Diamondbacks rookie team.

However, he displayed strong performance by pitching a no-hitter with one walk, six strikeouts and no runs in three innings against the Texas Rangers rookie team on Wednesday. He then displayed stable performance for two consecutive games with two strikeouts per inning of relief. He has also elevated his maximum speed to 99 mph (159.3 km) and is continuing his growth process.

Jang Hyun-suk, a right-handed orthodox pitcher who boasts 193 centimeters tall and weighs 90 kilograms, announced the birth of a monster by spraying up to 156 kilometers per hour when he was a second grader at Masan Yongma High School. When he was a third grader last year, he increased his speed to 158 kilometers per hour, winning three games (29 innings) with no loss, 0.93 strikeouts and 52 strikeouts.

Having been targeted by Major League scouts early on, Jang decided to go to the U.S. without applying for the KBO Rookie Draft. He signed with the Dodgers for a down payment of 1 million U.S. dollars in August, and was selected as the only amateur on the Hangzhou Asian Games baseball team in September, earning him a gold medal. Now he can concentrate on baseball in the U.S. without having to do military service.

The Dodgers, which is good at developing pitchers, also have high expectations for Jang. Regarding Jang Hyun-suk, who was ranked 18th in the Dodgers’ promising rankings released by “MLB.com ” on March 7, the local newspaper “LA Times” also expected that Jang Hyun-suk will become a successful pitcher from Korea after Park Chan-ho and Ryu Hyun-jin under the title “Why Jang Hyun-suk, a promising Dodgers player, can become the next Korean star in MLB.”

The LA Times reported, “Jang is 193 centimeters tall, and has all the elements to become a starting pitcher of the Major League including a fastball in the late 90s and a variety of breaking balls to strike out.” Rob Hill, Dodgers’ minor league pitching director, said, “We see Jang’s future as the best pitcher in the starting rotation. He can do many things and he knows how to improve. He knows no limits.”

Dodgers general manager Brandon Gomes was also impressed when he saw Jang Hyun-suk who met at the Dodger Stadium Fanfest on Feb. 4. General manager Gomes, who fell in love with Jang’s imposing physique, which does not look small even next to 196cm tall pitcher Bobby Miller, said, “I thought ‘Yeah, he’s solid’ when he doesn’t look small even next to Miller. If you look at the fastball pitch on his body right now, Jang has no choice but to be a starting pitcher in the Major League.” 유흥알바

Jang Hyun-suk, who refined various pitches such as sinkers, changeups, curves, and sliders with Dodgers’ nurturing staff during spring training last spring, is considered to be a pitcher with as much weapon as fastballs. Although there are ups and downs in each game as his ball control is not yet stable, his strong fastball, ball power, and strikeout ability have been prominent since the rookie season.

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