“I don’t think I can do it now even if I ask them to select me.”
For Hanwha right-handed pitcher Yoon Dae-gyeong (29), 2022 was a year of going back and forth between heaven and hell. He prepared as a starter in preparation for any unforeseen situation from the spring camp, and made three quality starts in five starts for a month until early May. In the first six games of his season, including the relief appearance against KT in Daejeon on April 9, which was stopped with 2⅓ innings and 6 strikeouts, he complied with an average ERA of 3.68. In the midst of foreign pitchers’ injuries and Kim Min-woo’s hunting, Yoon Dae-gyeong held the center of the Hanwha starting lineup at the beginning of the season.
However, from mid-May, the pace suddenly broke. In particular, on May 26, against Doosan in Daejeon, he had a nightmare with 9 runs in ⅔ innings. At the beginning of June, I wanted to rebound with two consecutive quality starts, but it was half-joking. Afterwards, he went down to the second team, allowing five or more runs in three consecutive games. From July, he changed his position to the bullpen, but he never recovered his balance until the end of the season. The final result of the season was 4-9 with an ERA of 7.41 in 25 games (75⅓ innings). It collapsed greatly with an average ERA of 8.02 in 14 starting games, 3 wins and 8 losses.
Jose Rosado, the Hanwha pitching coach, said after last year’s season, “Yoon Dae-gyeong’s performance in the bullpen, his original position, was top-notch. However, as he was selected this year due to unavoidable team circumstances, he was adversely affected as a result.”
Yoon Dae-gyeong, who had the first spring camp in Arizona, USA ahead of the new season, said, “I thought that starting is not for everyone. He didn’t know because he hadn’t been selected, but it was difficult for him to pitch while maintaining his stamina with a full season. He may seem comfortable to others because he throws once every 5 days, but personally, I felt more physical fatigue than the bullpen. It was difficult for him to throw a long one at a time, and it was difficult to recover and prepare for the next appearance.”
After being released from Samsung, Yoon Dae-gyeong, who came to Hanwha in 2019 through the Japanese independent league, debuted in the first team in June 2020. That year, he made a surprise appearance with an ERA of 1.59 with 5 wins and 7 holds in 55 games (51 innings), establishing himself as the core of the Hanwha bullpen, and started the 2021 season with the bullpen as well. But in June, he showed his ability to throw long as he was put on as a substitute starter during Nick Kingham’s injury. In 2021, it was good with an average ERA of 3.63 in 9 starts and 1 win and 3 losses.
Yoon Dae-kyung said, “As a substitute starter in 2021, I threw a few games well and had hope that’I can be a starter too’. Last year, the selection during the camp period was not confirmed, but I prepared with that in mind, but it was increasingly difficult. He couldn’t hit the ball as his arm swing was flat. When I threw it with a jerk, the balance collapsed, and the power of the ball dropped a lot. He looked back, saying, “It was neither this nor the other, as he developed a strange habit.” 온라인바카라
It was a tough time, but as a player, this is also a great experience. Yoon Dae-gyeong said, “If he hadn’t been selected, he would have thought that he would like to be selected, but now he feels relieved. There is no regret about selection. I don’t think I’ll be able to choose them now. After all, people have to do what they used to do,” he smiled.
Yoon Dae-kyung is returning to the familiar bullpen, but the sense of crisis has grown. As many new pitchers entered the team, including free agents, traders, transfer students, and rookies, the intensity of internal competition intensified. Yoon Dae-kyung said, “I think (my position in the team) has become ambiguous due to poor grades as a starter last year. If he fails this year, his place may be jeopardized. He needs to re-instill a certain presence,” he said. I will keep my mind straight and prepare.”