The rise of pitcher Ha-Neul Choi (24), who exchanged uniforms with “genius shortstop” Lee Hak-joo last year, is unusual. He has shown good form in the Futures League and is looking forward to the future.
Samsung Lions Choi Ha-neul started the 2023 Futures League LG Twins match held at Icheon Stadium on the 10th. Choi Ha-neul has no first-team record this season, but he is showing good pitching in the Futures League. He started in 3 games before the game that day, recording 1 win, 11.2 innings and 3 runs (2 ERA) with an average ERA of 1.54.
Against Goyang Heroes on the 2nd, he pitched a good fight with 5 hits and 2 runs in 5.2 innings, bringing his first win of the season.
On this day, Choi Ha-neul was Kang Min-gyun (shortstop) – Eom Tae-gyeong (left fielder) – Lee Joo-hyeong (center fielder) – Kim Seong-jin (3rd baseman) – Kim Beom-seok (designated hitter) – Kim Seong-hyeop (1st baseman) – Kwak Min-ho (2nd baseman) – Lee Jun-seo (right fielder) – Jeon Jun-ho (catcher) ) in order to deal with the LG lineup.
In the first inning, Kang Min-kyun and Eom Tae-gyeong struck out consecutive swings, and Lee Joo-hyung also started the game with a ground ball to first base. In the 2nd inning, Kim Seong-jin got a fly ball on second base and Bum-seok Kim got a fly ball on third base. Second baseman Yang Woo-hyeon made an error at Kim Seong-hyeop’s at-bat, and gave a hit to Kwak Min-ho, facing a crisis with second runners on first and second base, but Lee Jun-seo was passed over as a floating ball.
In the 3rd inning, Jeon Jun-ho was passed with a ground ball to 1st base. And Min-Kyun Kang allowed a hit and a runner went out on the base, but Min-Kyun Kang, who was trying to steal a base, was treated as a runner. After that, he caught Uhm Tae-gyeong with a left fielder. In the 4th inning, after striking out Lee Joo-hyung, Kim Seong-jin and Kim Bum-seok allowed consecutive hits, facing another scoring crisis, but Kim Seong-hyeop and Kwak Min-ho were struck out.
In the 5th inning, he gave Jeon Jun-ho a hit ball, but there was no problem in accumulating three out counts. After taking two outs in the 6th inning, Kim Bum-seok had an infield hit and Kim Seong-hyeop had a walk, but Kwak Min-ho turned to a bum hit and finished the inning.
Except for the first inning, even if a runner went out on base, his crisis management ability to finish the inning without losing a run was outstanding.
On this day, Choi Ha-neul had a good pitching with 5 hits, 1 hit ball, 4 strikeouts and no runs in 6 innings. And before the end of the 7th inning, when the team was leading 4-0, he handed over the mound to Park Se-woong.메이저놀이터
Although it is the Futures League, Choi Ha-neul succeeded in recording his first quality start of the season (less than 3 earned runs in 6 starting innings). If the game ends as it is, Choi Ha-neul will win the second consecutive season.
Choi Ha-neul left Lotte and moved to Samsung through a trade with Lee Hak-joo ahead of last season. In the 2022 season, he only had an average ERA of 6.15 with 1 win, 4 losses and 1 hold in 14 games, but he is evaluated as a player with great potential.
His recent rise is extraordinary. Will we see Choi Ha-neul in the first team soon? The expectations of Samsung fans are also growing.