The Doosan Bears have pulled out the knives. They’ve placed Dylan Pyle on waivers, a move that’s been bothering them since the beginning of the season. It’s been a long wait, but there are no more signs of life.
That leaves KIA as the next candidate. This is because they are a typical team where two foreign pitchers (Medina and Anderson) are struggling. However, I have no plans to do so at this time. For now, we’re going to try to get the most out of our two mercenary pitchers, and then we’ll think about it.
A lot of teams are looking for replacements right now. There’s competition for them, too.
Here, Anderson doesn’t have much of a pitching problem. In his comeback match against SSG on 8 June after a short break from Futures, he bowled a first innings maximum of 152km. Although he did face four hits, only one was a four-seamer. That’s not exactly a sign of a problem with his delivery. If he throws over 80 pitches and his velocity is between 147-82, he shouldn’t have any injury concerns. There’s also no guarantee that a replacement will be available.메이저놀이터
Above all, the players want to work hard. A Kia representative said, “He’s trying to revive himself to the point where he’s asking a power analyst to analyse the footage from his best days in the Futures.” Kia’s current stance is that it’s still a process, so it’s worth waiting.
In his return, Anderson pitched 5.1 innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five. It wasn’t a great outing, but it wasn’t a terrible one either. In total, he threw 96 pitches for 65 strikes and 31 balls. His fastball topped out at 152, and he used a curve, slider, and changeup. The pitch he threw the most was his slider, which topped out at 143.
Kia Tigers manager Kim Jong-kook commented on Anderson’s pitching before the 9 June game against Doosan in Jamsil, saying, “I feel like his movement and command have improved since his return. I hope he can control his strength and weakness a little more, and I’m looking forward to seeing him in the future,” he said.
The same can be said for Medina. “He’s showing much better form than in the beginning. I feel like his pitches are getting a little bit better~ If he can pitch more than six innings, I don’t want anything more. I hope he can pitch at least five innings.”
Medina is coming off a two-hit shutout against Doosan on 9 June.
For now, at least, Kia is not considering replacing him.