It was also different from being a full-time starting pitcher in the Major League (MLB). Eric Peddy (30), the new foreign pitcher of the NC Dinos, has been showing an extraordinary appearance since spring camp.
Peddy recently conducted his second pitching of this camp in Tucson, Arizona, the US spring camp site of NC. He pitched 35 pitches at about 80 to 90 percent strength.
Pedi, who recorded a top speed of 143 km/h with 80% power in his first pitch, increased his speed even more and reached 149.8 km. Although he is still only in early February, he surpassed the average speed (149 km/h) during his big league days last year.
He has excellent ball movement, just like Peddy, who usually threw a two-seam fastball. Catcher Park Se-hyeok (33), who moved the team to FA (free agent) this season, said, “I received Pedi’s ball for the first time, but the movement is very good.” At the same time, he also left a comment saying, “He seems to be difficult for hitters to respond to.”
Coach Kang In-kwon (51), who watched Pedy’s ball, also said, “Peddy seemed to move the ball well.”
Pedy, who made his major league debut in Washington in 2017, recorded 21-33 with a 5.41 ERA over six seasons in his career. In particular, he is a player who rotated in 2021 and 2022, starting 27 games each. Last year, he went 6-13 with an earned run average of 5.81 in 127 innings.
At the time of 스포츠토토recruitment, Lim Seon-nam, general manager of NC, said, “He is a pitcher who throws various breaking balls such as cutter, curve, and changeup along with a strong two-seam fastball, and has excellent groundball induction skills. We expect him to play an active role as a key member of the selection team.”
Unlike a full-time major leaguer, Peddy is quickly integrating into the team in terms of adaptation. He is known to have already received advice about the KBO league from Eric Thames (37, retired), who was the best foreign player in NC before joining the team. He said, “Changwon NC Park, which I saw in the picture, also looked really cool. I have high expectations for Korea.”
Not long after joining the team, I already had a ‘best friend’. Right-hander Kim Si-hoon (24). The two players, who became very close while training together, ate steak at a family restaurant near the accommodation on the 3rd (local time), which was a rest day after the first 3 days of camp.
According to the club, Peddie asked Si-Hoon Kim, “How about playing as an NC player as a Masan local?” Si-Hun Kim said, “It’s a place where I’ve lived since I was young, so it’s familiar and comfortable. It’s a quiet city, so it’s good to focus on baseball.” If you need anything while doing it, I will always help.”
He also used the Korean language he learned from Kim Si-hoon right away in the second turn drill. It is said that when Kim Si-hoon, who found Pedi struggling while running, asked in English, “Are you okay?”, Pedi answered “No, it’s not okay” with accurate Korean pronunciation, making the players with him laugh.
NC chose to break up with Drew Luchinski (35), who kept the team’s mound for four seasons until last year, this winter. While a complete overhaul of the starting lineup is inevitable,