Hanwha Eagles “monster rookie” Kim Seo-hyun struggled with his pitches in his starting debut and was pulled early.
Kim Seo-hyun started the 12th game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against the NC Dinos at Changwon NC Park on Sunday and gave up three runs on three hits and four walks with one strikeout in two innings.
Kim, who took the mound for the first time in six days after his relief appearance against the Doosan Bears on Nov. 11 and was knocked out by eight pitches, gave up a run in the first inning.
The first batter, Son As-seob, hit two 152-kilometer-per-hour fastballs and grounded out in front of the second baseman. Park Min-woo followed with a fastball and grounded out in front of the pitcher.
However, after a fastball, Park showed two sliders and then a fastball before giving up a double down the left field line. He then threw a fastball to Martin for a first pitch, followed by a two-pitch slider before giving up a single to right.
Kim struck out Kwon Hee-dong to get out of the inning. In the second inning, her pitches fell apart.
He gave up a walk to the first batter, Oh Young-soo, and a single to Do Tae-hoon, whose fastball didn’t even reach 150 kilometers. He then gave up a sacrifice bunt to Ahn Jung-yeol, putting runners on first and second and third, and a walk to Kim Joo-won.
The bases were loaded. He then gave up a single to right to Son As-seob. Park Min-woo grounded out in front of the first baseman, but Do Tae-hoon crossed home plate to extend Kim’s lead to three.
Kim Seo-hyun continued to look shaky as he gave up a walk to Park Gun-woo, but he got Martin to ground out to first base to get out of the inning. In the third inning, with his team trailing 2-3, he turned the mound over to Han Seung-ju.안전놀이터
Kim Seo-hyun, a highly touted rookie drafted in the first round by Hanwha this year, had previously saved all 19 games for the first team and was given a six-game starting assignment with the Futures.
Kim was scheduled to make her starting debut against Suwon KT on Oct. 10, but the game was rained out as Typhoon Kanun moved north. The next day (Nov. 11), he was used as the third pitcher in the fourth inning against Doosan in Daejeon. It was his first appearance in 65 days, but he struggled, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 2⅔ innings.
He was reactivated and made his start, but was unable to resolve his pitching issues.