Everyone acknowledged it. It was the same for the batter who hit the ball directly and the pitcher who watched from the side. The modifier ‘the best pitcher in the league’ was naturally attached. It was a modifier that had to be applied very carefully, but no one dared to object.
Ahn Woo-jin 메이저놀이터(24‧ Kiwoom), who had been thought of as an unfinished standby, stood at the top of the 2022 KBO league. He started 30 regular season games and pitched 196 innings. He was an overwhelming inning digester. The image on the pitch was more overwhelming. He went 15-8 with a 2.11 earned run average and struck out 224 batters. His on-base per inning (WHIP) was 0.95. It was difficult for the opposing teams to send one runner per inning against An Woo-jin.
A powerful fastball that hits in the second half of the 150 km/h maximum speed, and even a paired breaking ball are sharply completed, and Ahn Woo-jin opened his heyday. He would throw a lot in the regular season and be exhausted in the postseason, but he never did. Even in the fall baseball, when the concentration of hitters sharpened, the opposing teams chanted, “What kind of pitchers are there?” He was a pitcher who embodied the dictionary definition of ‘ace’ on the ground.
My grades last year were very good. Actually, getting better is not easy. Players are likely to feel the pressure to at least maintain last year’s performance. But a monster is a monster. Rather, Ahn Woo-jin said without hesitation, “I must have a better season than last year. I must always surpass my career high. That way I can improve.” If Ahn Woo-jin’s declaration of upgrade becomes a reality, the shock and fear of the league can become stronger.
For this purpose, preparations were made thoroughly during the winter. He rested well when resting, and worked hard when exercising. Ahn Woo-jin confidently said, “After the season ended, I took a break for about two weeks and started recovery training right away. I played catch and pitched, and I don’t think there will be anything wrong.” no,” he stressed.
In fact, on the 10th (Korean time), Ahn Woo-jin started his first bullpen pitching at the Arizona camp. On this day, he threw 25 pitches and experimented with his usual pitches. Since he is the first bullpen player, he did not check his speed, but it is a success just because he finished without any special problems. Now he’s picking up the pace and will most likely be on standby for the season opener.
Ahn Woo-jin gained a lot from his experience last year. Ahn Woo-jin laughed and said, “Throwing seems to have become a little more fun.” She found joy in throwing the ball where she wanted it, not just at the catcher. An Woo-jin said, “I realized a little how to pitch and how to throw in a game while throwing last year. When I was a rookie, I tried to throw hard, and it felt good if I only went in the middle or when the ball went well. But now, I pay attention to the corner and throw it where I want. focus on it,” he said.
There is no new type of pitch prepared, but the pitcher can be sufficiently different even with the same material. Ahn Woo-jin went through that process last year and is now maturing. An Woo-jin said, “I am preparing to have a more perfect pitch. When the result comes out, I become a good pitcher, and then I can overwhelm the batter more when dealing with batters. I am making that image more.” I will become a good pitcher, that’s all I’ll think about.” It’s a very simple goal, but it can be a very scary goal for the opposing team.