Jang Jae-young (Kiwoom Heroes) of ‘900 Million Arms’ boasted a powerful pitch in Australian professional baseball Geelong Korea.
Jang Jae-young took the mound as a starting pitcher in the 2022-2023 Australian Professional Baseball (ABL) home match against the Melbourne Aces held at the Geelong Baseball Center in Australia on the 18th (Korean time) and allowed 5 hits (2 homers) and 10 strikeouts in 8 innings (2 runs). Earned runs) and won the first victory.
Jang Jae-young, who jumped into the professional stage after receiving the first nomination from Kiwoom Heroes in the 2021 rookie draft, drew attention with a fastball of over 150 km/h. He received only 900 million won as a down payment and raised expectations, but he needed time.
Jang Jae-young has 1 loss in 33 games (31⅔ innings) and an earned run average of 8.53 over his last two seasons. He threw a fastball, but control was an issue. Even in the second team, he was not good with 2 wins, 7 losses, 2 holds, and an average ERA of 6.42 in 29 games (74⅓ innings).메이저놀이터
Jang Jae-young decided to gain experience in Geelong Korea, Australia. He got off to a good start by catching the Melbourne batting line in the first inning with a triple strike. In the second inning, with no runners on base after one out, he threw a high fastball to Jacob Robson and hit a home run. In the third inning, he allowed another solo shot and allowed two runs.
Jaeyoung Jang was no longer shaken. He blocked Melbourne’s center batting line in the 4th inning with a three-way offense and prevented additional runs from the 5th to the 7th inning.
Jang Jae-young, who was on the mound again in the 8th inning, struck out lead hitter Matt O’Neill and gave a hit ball to follower hitter Aaron Whitefield. However, Robbie Glendining was treated as a shortstop fly ball and Jake Skoll struck out on a swing.
Amid Jang Jae-young’s good fight, Geelong scored 1 point in the 3rd inning and 1 more point in the 4th inning by pushing out the bases without a chance. Afterwards, Ha Jae-hoon’s solo home run and Yoo Sang-bin’s two-run brought victory. Geelong won 5-3.
Jang Jae-young showed a quality start pitch that had never been recorded in the KBO League, and on that day, he scored 2 runs in 8 innings and even earned his first victory.