Following An Woo-jin, is Jang Jae-young (Lee Sang-kiwoom Heroes) also bursting with potential?

‘900 million people’ Jang Jae-young shone brilliantly in Australia.

Jang Jae-young, who is participating in the Australian Professional Baseball (ABL) Geelong Korea, started against the Melbourne Aces on the 18th (Korean time) and showed off 115 pitches, allowing 2 runs in 8 innings, winning his first win in his Australian debut. He stood out with 10 spectacular pitches, striking out.

Up to this day, Jang Jae-young recorded a total of 30 innings in 6 ABL starts, recording 1 win, 2 losses and an average ERA of 3.30.

He gave up solo shots 2-3 times in a row, but unlike in the KBO league, he was not easily shaken. Geelong Korea coach Lee Byeong-gyu put Jang Jae-young on the mound in the 8th inning, and Jang Jae-young reciprocated expectations by finishing the 8th inning with a fastball of more than 150km even after passing 110 pitches.

Geelong overturned the game with Ha Jae-hoon’s come-from-behind solo shot and Yoo Sang-bin’s wedge two-run shot. In the ninth inning, Seo Jun-won put an end to the game.

Jang Jae-young, the son of KIA Tigers general manager Jeong-seok Jang, was famous for his “golden shoulders” who threw the fastest 157km fastball in high school. He had great potential as a hitter as well as a pitcher. He seriously considered entering the major leagues for a while, but changed his mind after Kiwoom’s repeated persuasion. Kiwoom saw the potential of the future rather than right now, and received the second-largest down payment of 900 million won (1 billion won by Han Ki-joo), the second largest ever. 스포츠토토

The pro wall was not easy. With his debut, he was dropped as a starting prospect, but in his first start in his debut, he faced the ordeal of ⅓ innings, 5 walks and 5 runs. His fastball pitch was the best in history, but it was not easy to catch the first pitch.

For two years, he had an average ERA of 8.53 with one loss in 33 games (31⅔innings). Compared to Eui-Ri Lee (KIA), who was the same age as the rookie of the year, and Jin-Wook Kim (Lotte Giants), who was certified as the main pitcher in the team, he started much later. The performance of the second group was also only 6.42 ERA in 29 games (74⅓ innings).

Could this experience be a turning point? Ahn Woo-jin, who won the Golden Glove in the pitching category this year and has been reborn as the league’s representative ace in name and reality, has a rookie contract of 600 million won. Kiwoom will be able to dream of becoming a ‘1.5 billion golden right-hander selection duo’ in the future.

Geelong Korea is also the birthplace of stars. Attention is focusing on whether Jang Jae-young will be able to follow in the footsteps of his seniors, who gained practical experience through Geelong Korea, such as Lee In-bok, Ko Seung-min (Lotte), Hong Chang-gi, and Lee Jae-won (LG Twins).