“I’m sure they both have good skills.”
When the story of Eric Peddy, a foreign pitcher, came out, a bright smile spread across the face of NC Dinos coach Kang In-kwon.
Peddie, who made his MLB debut wearing a Washington Nationals uniform in the 2015 season, is a right-handed pitcher who went 21-33 with an ERA of 5.41 in 102 major league games (454.1 innings) until last year.
Recognized for his strengths in various types of pitches and messy balls, he entered the KBO League after being selected by NC, who parted ways with Drew Luchinski (Oakland Athletics) after last season.
And Peddie has been proving that NC’s decision was not wrong with good pitching every day until recently. As another foreign pitcher in NC, Taylor Widener, is currently unable to play a single game due to a back injury, NC is more than happy to see Pedy’s performance.
He showed potential by raising an average ERA of 0.71 (1 run in 12.2 innings) during the demonstration game, and established himself as the ace of NC in the regular league. He pitched in 6 games (38 innings) until the 3rd and has an unrealistic record of 4 wins and 1 loss with an earned run average of 0.47. This means that usually no one runner is on base per inning.
NC coach Kang In-kwon, who we met ahead of the home game against the LG Twins on the 2nd, was asked about Peddy’s strengths with a bright smile and said, “It’s hard to say one thing. everything is good He raised his thumbs up, saying, “He has excellent abilities in all areas, including command and management against batters.”
On the 30th of last month, Peddie almost set a record of a no-hit, no-run game against Hanwha Eagles in Daejeon (4-1 NC win). Hanwha did not allow even a single hit until the end of the 6th inning. Unfortunately, however, the record was misfired after one run at the end of the 7th inning, giving Chae Eun-seong a left-handed hit.
Director Kang said of the situation at the time, “I was worried about (the timing of the replacement). He had a full number of pitches, and by the 8th inning, he would have exceeded 100, but if he was throwing no hits, he was contemplating whether to raise or lower in the 8th inning. Fortunately (?) Chae Eun-seong gave me a hit and replaced it,” he explained.
Luczynski, who was active in NC before Fedi, was also a right-handed pitcher who showed excellent performance.
Luchinski, who made his big league debut with the Los Angeles Angels in 2014, later worked for the Minnesota Twins and Miami Marlins, and in 2019 joined hands with NC and appeared in the KBO League. His career record in the KBO League was 53 wins and 36 losses with an ERA of 3.06 in 121 appearances, and he also raised double-digit multipliers for three consecutive seasons from 2020 to last year. After that, he left NC after the end of last season to try again in the big leagues.
Coach Kang In-kwon, who was asked to compare the two players, said, “(Feddy) is bold on the mound. He pitches aggressively against hitters who don’t throw a lot of balls. (In comparison) Luchinski is very cautious on the mound. He has the idea that he has to be perfect on the mound. There is a difference in that respect,” he emphasized, “it is clear that both have good skills.”먹튀검증
Widener, another foreign pitcher in NC this season, is scheduled to return around the end of May. Coach Kang said, “(Widener) starts pitching the bullpen tomorrow. After bullpen pitching, he has to digest live pitching, and if he takes a long time to build up the number of pitches, it will be at the end of May. If progress speeds up, it could be mid-May,” he said. “Widener obviously has good skills. He believes that he will do as much as we thought and expected. He hoped for a healthy return to Widener, saying, “If he returns to normal condition quickly, he will be of great help to the team.”
On the other hand, NC, who knelt 3-5 in the first game of the 3 home weekday games against LG on the 2nd, is aiming for a counterattack with Gu Chang-mo on the 3rd. LG’s starting pitcher is right-handed foreign pitcher Adam Plutko.