Up to 158km, but it’s also a ball control…’Average ERA of 0.61′ Will High-Speed Side Arm Help Kiwoom’s bullpen

Sangmu (National Military Sports Unit) pitcher Lee Kang-joon took the mound as the ninth pitcher of the Southern League in the “2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League All-Star Game Friday” Futures League All-Star Game held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 5th. He kept the Southern League’s 9-5 victory by allowing one hit and one walk in the final score of one inning. The maximum speed of the day was as strong as 158 kilometers per hour.노래방알바

Lee Kang-joon of Kiwoom is currently serving in the military at Sangmu. He joined the military in May last year and will be discharged from the military in November. When asked how he felt about standing in front of his fans after a long time, Lee said, “I came to the Futures League All-Star Game in the 2022 season. It’s fun to come again. It’s fun to play in the military and play baseball in front of so many people.”

Sangmu pitcher Lee Kang-joon is attracting attention with his overwhelming 0.61 ERA in 26 Futures League games this year. Reporter Park Jung-hyun from Incheon

Lee Kang-joon, who wore KT Wiz uniform as the 22nd overall pick in the third round of the 2020 KBO League Rookie Draft, moved to Lotte and wore his second professional uniform, and later moved to Kiwoom as a compensation player for Han Hyun-hee (Lotte). He already wore three uniforms in five years after joining the team. “I haven’t seen a YouTube producer in a long time since I moved a lot of teams. I’m helping each other as I pass by KT, Lotte, and Kiwoom,” Lee said with a smile.

Lee Kang-joon, who is a member of Kiwoom but has yet to throw a single game for the team, is expected to strengthen his pitching capability after being discharged from the military. His performance is also sufficient to support his expectations. He has posted an ERA of 0.61 in 29 ⅔ innings with two wins and eight holds in 26 appearances in the Futures League this year. Most of all, he stands out for his stable ball control. He had only six four pitches and struck out 23. This is in stark contrast to his performance when he was shaky by allowing 43 four pitches in 23 ⅔ innings in his entire first team career before joining the military.

“I am not aware of my ERA (around 0 points). Rather than setting a long goal in the military, I am playing baseball every game for a week. I am playing baseball with the mindset of focusing on today’s game and doing well as I used to,” Lee said. “My goal was to throw the ball consistently with my ball control before going to Sangmu. I am satisfied because it is still going well as planned. I have the second half of the year left, so I will maintain it well and prepare well to show good performance at Gocheok Sky Dome next year.”

Due to the characteristics of Sangmu, many players from 10 teams gather at one place. Kang has been gradually improving as a pitcher by asking for advice from players with outstanding skills. “When I was with KT and Lotte, I asked the players who were good at the first division about their thoughts (on baseball). At that time, I didn’t know much about baseball, so I couldn’t understand what they were thinking. As I had enough time to join Sangmu, I remembered each and every other’s story from a few years ago. That helped me a lot in controlling my ball. When Bae Je-sung and Lee Jung-yong ask each other, they give me good advice. I think those are the secret to maintaining the current level of performance,” he replied.

Finally, Lee Kang-joon said, “I’m enjoying the game. I lost to Gocheok LG 2-3 on the 4th, and I saw my winning streak cut off. I just want to go out quickly and play baseball together.”

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