Jeong Hae-young (22), the closer pitcher for the KIA Tigers, dreamed of a powerful leap forward. He vowed to improve further by teaching him to drop out of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) entry.
Jung Hae-young has been the team’s closer since 2021. He stood out from his first year, when he started his full-fledged finisher life. He posted a 2.20 earned run average in 64 games and 34 saves in 65⅓ innings, which was third in the league in saves. The following year, he was equally third in the league in saves with a 3.38 earned run average in 55 games, 32 saves, and 56 innings.
Even at his young age, he drew attention with his strong pitch, stable command, and courageous pitching enough to serve as a closer. He has also been a close pitcher for two years, proving his excellent skills enough to be reborn as a beast, not a baby tiger.
He is expected to set a new record naturally. Jung Hae-young, who recorded 67 saves in three years from his debut season, can rewrite the KBO league’s youngest 100 save record (Oh Seung-hwan, 23 years, 10 months, 10 days) by adding his 33 saves. He is showing his excellent skills and high growth potential.
I could also aim for his national team promotion, but unfortunately, I did not reach it. Jung Hae-young did not make it into the final 30 WBC entries announced by the KBO. This situation could have been a bit disappointing, as he has developed into one of the best closers in the league. 안전놀이터
Jung Hae-young said, “I can’t help it because I was lacking a lot. The hyungs and seniors who were selected for the national team right now are not worse than me. Rather, they are much better. That’s why I accepted it. I have no choice but to work harder.”
He added, “(For the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games) I try not to be conscious. If I am conscious, over-pace can come out. First of all, I try not to get hurt. Then I think the record will follow.”
Jung Hae-young tries to use dropping out of the national team as a foundation for growth. At this spring camp, I set a goal to be able to throw my main weapon slider and forkball more perfectly.
Jung Hae-young said, “I think I will throw the slider and the forkball more perfectly. I think it will be easier to fight the batters if I make them more accurate and better than now. I will have to practice the fastball at camp, but I will have to throw a lot with an emphasis on breaking balls. It’s the same,” he said, revealing the main point of the off-season and strengthening his determination.