After returning three relievers last week, the KT Wiz have yet to hear from them this week. On the 22nd, a rest day, KT did not have any players expunged from the first team roster. This also means that no players were called up from the first team.
Pil Seung-jo and Kim Min-soo, who were both injured on the second team, have been playing, but they don’t seem to be ready for a definite call-up yet.
Min-soo, who went 5-4 with three saves and 30 holds last year to secure KT’s back end alongside closer Kim Jae-yoon, has been rehabbing from shoulder discomfort ahead of the season. He pitched on and off in the second team.
After making his first appearance on April 26 against Lotte, Kim took about 10 days off before making three appearances against the NC Dinos on April 7, and then pitched one inning each against the LG Twins on April 19 and 21. On the 19th, he gave up a home run, and on the 21st, he gave up one hit but didn’t allow a run.
His velocity is not up yet. On the 21st, my fastball was still under 140 mph. It looks like he needs to throw a little more to improve his conditioning.
Bae Ji-dae is also getting better as he plays in the Futures League. After injuring his hand in a sandlot during an exhibition game, he made his first appearance in the Futures League on March 13 against the Hanwha Eagles and played in five games until the LG Electronics League on March 21. He is batting 2-for-3 with one home run, one RBI, one stolen base, two walks and two strikeouts in 13 at-bats. He is also playing center field defense. The outfield, which includes Anthony Alford and Kang Baek-ho Kim Min-hyuk, is hitting well, so the team is waiting for the batting order to come together.안전놀이터
KT turned things around last weekend by taking a two-game, one-win series against Doosan in a three-game series. They pounded out 12 hits in a 6-1 win on the 19th, and after a two-hit slump on the 20th, they pounded out 11 hits in a 7-3 win on the 21st.
The bats and bullpen were helped by Jang Jun-won, Joo Kwon, Kwon Won-joo, and Kim Min-hyuk, who were all called up to the first team last week. On the 19th, the team also acquired infielder Lee Ho-yeon from the Lotte Giants.
With the reinforcement of the two-hitter, KT has gained strength and found some stability. If Kim Min-soo and Choi Byeong-dae return to their normal form, they could find the form that made them the favorites to win the title a season ago. They need to stay healthy and in good form.