Sidearm pitcher Ryu Won-seok (34), who was excluded from LG’s reserve list in October last year, received offers from several teams. The first team’s career performance was 12 games (14 innings) 1 loss and an average ERA of 7.71 in 3 seasons from 2019 to 2021, but the fastball thrown up to 156 km was alive. He sprayed a maximum of 153 km last year as well.
Ryu Won-seok, who received multiple offers, chose Hanwha. He said, “After leaving LG, I continued to work out and prepare for the test. There were offers from several teams, but I wanted to go to Hanwha. He contacted me the fastest, and I wanted to try it at Hanwha for a long time. He wanted Hanwha because he thought it would be a team that could receive many opportunities.” We expect more opportunities in Hanwha, which has a thin pitcher layer compared to LG.
One of the reasons Ryu Won-seok chose Hanwha was the existence of Futures manager Choi Won-ho, who is famous as a pitching expert. Ryu Won-seok said, “I wanted to go to a team with a coach who was a pitcher. (2013) When I joined LG, it was after coach Choi Won-ho quit coaching and left. He couldn’t be together for a year,” he said. “The director teaches the technical part in an easy-to-understand way. Coach Park Jung-jin is also very concerned. It can be difficult to change the form, but we are thinking and communicating together to find a better way. I really like the environment of Hanwha, which makes me feel very comfortable.”
Director Choi Won-ho, who has been working with Ryu Won-seok in Seosan since last month, said, “I have had difficulties with the ball control so far, so shouldn’t I make a change?” It was a pitching form with a lot of up and down and left and right shaking. “Coach Jung-Jin Park is focusing on keeping the balance by reducing the shaking of the form and reducing the error in the release point.”
That’s not to say it’s completely overhauled. The arm angle goes the same as the sidearm. Director Choi said, “It was originally an overhand during the LG days, but it was a case where I lowered my arm because my shoulder hurt. Raising the arm again can cause injury problems, so the arm remains the same, but the form is calmly reduced to balance it,” he said. “I try to throw only one breaking ball if possible. You should throw strikes more than anything else. The ball coming in as a strike is really good. After watching him for a month, he was a player who worked out very diligently.”
Ryu Won-seok also said, “My pitching form is so wild that I move a lot. I am practicing to catch the shaking in a way that can minimize that movement and increase the probability of a strike. The director said ‘common sense is science’. He said, “I try to fit into the common sense rather than out of the box.” 메이저놀이터
Hanwha fans have a scene that comes to mind when they think of Ryu Won-seok. On September 22, 2021, Daejeon LG-Hanwha Exhibition. Ryu Won-seok, then LG pitcher, struck out Roh Si-hwan with three pitches in the 8th inning. In particular, Noh Si-hwan was hit by a 156km fastball that was packed on the low course outside the third pitch. Ryu Won-seok recalled, “I was in good condition that day, and the ball went in really well,” and said, “I have good memories from matches in Daejeon and Seosan.” He makes a fresh start in a team with good memories and does not want to miss the chance to come again.
Ryu Won-seok, who joined LG as a foster player in 2013 after attending Seoul High School and Inha University, made his first-team debut in 2019 when he turned 30 years old. He came to the pros after overcoming trials such as undergoing elbow surgery three times during high school and college, but spent much more time in the second team than in the first team for 10 years. However, Ryu Won-seok, who did not give up baseball, said, “After being released, I thought, ‘The day will come when I can’t really throw the ball like this’, so it was sad. Even now, when I throw the ball, I feel the happiest and the best. If you want to play your favorite baseball for a long time, you have to do well now. I want to throw the ball for a long time at Hanwha,” he hoped.
Ryu Won-seok, who wore the number 61, said, “There are no records like wins, holds, or saves yet. I will aim to start 30 games in the first team with his first record,” he said. I will prepare well so that people say that Hanwha has brought me well.”