Foreign pitchers Sean Anderson (29) and Adonis Medina (27), who newly joined the KIA Tigers, trained with their teammates at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju.
The KIA Tigers are the team with the most solid selection among the 10 KBO league teams. There are local aces Yang Hyeon-jong and Young-gun Eui-ri Lee, as well as rookie pitcher Yun Young-chul. In addition, pitchers Lim Ki-young and Kim Ki-hoon can also start as starting pitchers.
The KBO league has a very high proportion of foreign pitchers. No matter how well domestic pitchers throw, if a foreign pitcher has a hole, it will be difficult to play the season normally.
The foreign one-two punch Anderson and Medina, who joined this season, are expected to be better than Nolin, Roni, and Panoni last year. For the KIA to play fall baseball this season, the performance of two foreign pitchers is essential. 메이저사이트
Yang Hyeon-jong and Lee Eui-ri are not in normal condition yet as they participated in the WBC tournament. Anderson and Medina need to play well at the beginning of the season.
In the demonstration game, Anderson, a tall fastball pitcher with a height of 198 cm, received a passing grade. He played in two exhibition matches and pitched well in both. On the 20th, in Gwangju, he had a good fight with 3 hits and 1 run in 5⅓ innings against LG, who was running a winning streak.
Medina is adapting to Korean baseball by participating in three demonstration games. On his record, he suffered two defeats, but it is still only an exhibition game. He is increasing his innings as the game goes on.
It is too early to evaluate the two foreign pitchers based on the demonstration game alone. However, KIA was unable to organize a normal starting rotation last year due to the sluggishness and injury of foreign pitchers.
KIA has Yang Hyeon-jong and Lee Eui-ri left-handed aces. If two foreign pitchers can rotate normally, it will be a big help.