“It is a slider that falls like a bell when thrown sideways. It is never easy.”
Hanwha super rookie Kim Seo-hyeon (19) has been used as a bullpen ever since she was promoted to the first team. On the 12th, Incheon SSG Jeonseo started as a finisher and won the first save of his career with 1 inning, 1 strikeout, 1 walk and no runs. On the 14th, Incheon SSG Jeonseo also pitched in the 7th inning when the score was tied 2-2, throwing 2 hits, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts and no runs in 1 inning.
In an interview with a broadcaster at the beginning of the year, he said his goal was to save 50. In the long term, there is a good chance that it will be positioned as Hanwha’s finisher. First of all, Hanwha shows a movement to minimize the side effects of finishing settlement by letting Kim Seo-hyun experience ‘high leverage’.
Kim Seohyun’s greatest strength is, of course, her speed. On the 12th and 14th, the highest speed of the fastball was 159 km and 158 km, respectively. There is definitely a ball that is thrown, but it is not that the control is not bad. Also, he’s not a sidearm, but he throws slightly under in three quarters. The unfamiliarity of the trajectory is also a great strength.
His first save in his debut was very strong, but the way he escaped the crisis in the game on the 14th was also quite impressive. At that time, Seohyun Kim had a much sharper slider than her fastball. Commentator Jeong Min-tae of SPOTV, a 124-win legend who relayed the game and a former Hanwha pitching coach, said, “Kim Seo-hyun is seasoned. He starts to lose his fastballs, so he changes his pattern and pitches mostly breaking balls. It looks really good. He showed a clear slider.”
Actual SSG hitters couldn’t respond to Seohyun Kim’s slider at all. It was different from the usual pitcher’s slider. It’s a three-quarter, but the slider trajectory is paper, not horizontal. A movement reminiscent of a sweeper. Commissioner Jeong Min-tae said through a relay, “It is really difficult to drop it with a bell while throwing it from the side. He throws that ball sure.”
When I met Seohyun Kim at Mesa Spring Camp in Arizona, I tended to adjust the angle of his arm. But this season is rarely seen. Even the slider he is using right now seemed to be ‘harnessed’ to hitters. Although the hitters in the KBO League haven’t been able to deal with Kim Seo-hyun enough yet. However, it should be considered that he is qualified to make a great finish with a special slider on his fastball in the latter half of 150 km. Anyway, at this point, the changeup and curveball are seasoned.
The hits given to Kim Seong-hyun and Oh Tae-gon that day were not good either. The course was good with 1, 2, and 3 intervals. Commissioner Jeong said, “It can feel bad from the pitcher’s point of view.” The caster who relayed the match also said, “Babepsin shook the super rookie.”
However, Kim Seo-hyun showed courage and guts that were not easily shaken in the crisis with the first bases loaded. He struck out on a swing with a slider even though he was driven to an unfavorable ball count. It was a typical look, necessary for a finisher. Commissioner Jeong Min-tae said, “I expect that Hanwha will be finished if I accumulate more experience.” In fact, the fastball that comes out of the three quarters is also evaluated as having good movement.먹튀검증
However, there is a weakness that the command is not perfect. It is also true that the slider fell to the side a lot and the ball count was at a disadvantage. Commissioner Jeong said, “The arm comes out completely from the side, but if the center of gravity moves a little faster, this ball can come out. If only the absurdly missing balls are reduced, he will become a really good pitcher. It is also necessary for the catcher to lead while sitting towards the body.”
Basically, he has good qualities, a special trajectory based on good athleticism, and an attractive pitch. It was one inning, but he also showed his ability to manage the game. He had little experience, but he also had guts. The words “super rookie” and “greatest talent ever” did not just come out of nowhere.
Hanwha has recently been sacked by head coach Carlos Subero and started anew under coach Choi Won-ho. Anyway, the team took the direction with Win Now. Kim Seo-hyun and Moon Dong-ju, the two super rookies, are the core of the core. Win Now can also shine when Hanwha manages and nurtures them well in the long term. I’ll have to watch it with a longer breath, but it’s positive enough.