“Crazy” A high school graduate rookie made a perfect save in three consecutive games… “It’s different from an ordinary 19-year-old pitcher.”

Kim Taek-yeon (19), a rookie right-hander of the Doosan Bears in professional baseball, is showing stable pitching as soon as he takes the position as a closer.

Kim Taek-yeon made a relief appearance against the Kiwoom Heroes in the “2024 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League” held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 14th and recorded a scoreless save in one inning. Doosan won 6-4 and won two consecutive games.안전놀이터

Kim Taek-yeon, who joined Doosan as the second choice in the first round of the 2024 Rookie Draft, is captivating fans with his powerful pitching as soon as he steps into the professional stage. Although he struggled in the early days of the season, he has performed well with 32 games (32 innings) with two wins, four saves and an ERA of 2.53.

Kim Taek-yeon, who has been officially assigned as a closer since the 13th, struck out Kim Tae-yeon with a swing and strikeout in the top of the ninth inning with two outs and a runner on first base when Doosan allowed a 6-9 chase. Although it was not his first save since his debut, it was meaningful to successfully win the save in his first appearance since he took charge of the closer.

However, Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop couldn’t hide his regret over the situation in which Kim had to take the mound. In an interview before the game on the 14th, manager Lee Seung-yeop said, “Yesterday, (Kim Taek-yeon) should not come up. You have to throw it the day before yesterday and throw it if you have a save situation today. If that happens, you have to throw it tomorrow. In fact, we shouldn’t use (Kim) Taek-yeon because of the gap in scores, but we had no choice since we have to save again. As a closing pitcher, if you have a save situation, you have to throw it. He threw well with four breaking balls, two fastballs. He threw it well just as we wanted.”

Kim Taek-yeon, who pitched against Hanwha on the 12th and recorded two strikeouts and no runs in an inning, had to pitch in three consecutive games on both the 13th and the 14th, as manager Lee Seung-yeop feared. However, Kim Taek-yeon gained momentum by winning two consecutive saves with perfect pitching without being swayed at all. In an interview after the game, Kim said, “I’m not tired at all. Since I took the mound at an important moment, I just thought to throw well. I feel great to be able to make saves for two consecutive days. I can do it because the seniors and older members have helped me a lot. I think I am in good physical condition and ball power. I really thank the fans who always support me.”

“I think he is an exceptional player. He is different from ordinary 19-year-old or 20-year-old players. He has great ball power and a strong heart. I talked to him about it, but I felt that he was a mature player considering his young age and had many thoughts. I was shaken for a moment in the beginning of the season, but I think that turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Now I am a player I can trust and trust,” he said in complimenting Kim.

Kim Taek-yeon is considered a strong candidate for the Rookie of the Year award this season. At the game, he showed overwhelming pitching without being swayed at all despite three consecutive throws, proving his quality as a finishing pitcher. Fans are increasingly excited to see how Kim Taek-yeon, who is showing solid performance to the extent that he cannot believe the fact that he is a high school graduate rookie, will perform in the rest of the season.

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