The Hanwha Eagles naturally get full when they see new pitchers who have joined the team over the past two years.
Hanwha selected Gwangju Jinheung High School pitcher Moon Dong-ju (20) as the first nomination in 2022. Then, in 2023, Seoul High School pitcher Kim Seo-hyun (19) was nominated as the first overall pick. For two years, Hanwha showed expectations by giving Moon Dong-ju and Kim Seo-hyun 500 million won each as down payments. It is the so-called special ‘billion duo’.
Moon Dong-ju suffered an internal oblique injury at last year’s spring camp and was diagnosed with a partial tear and hematoma in the shoulder subscapularis in June, so he could not play the full season, but recorded a victory in the first team appearance at the end of the season, recording an average ERA of 5.65 with 1 win, 3 losses and 2 holds in 13 games. ended the season with The season’s top speed was 158 km/h.
Kim Seo-hyun is also a fireballer as good as Moon Dong-ju. Kim Seo-hyun, who had already thrown a 157 km fastball during his time at Seoul High School, drew attention as one of the KBO prospects who will challenge 160 km in the future. Hanwha hopes that the fast ball duo Moon Dong-ju and Kim Seo-hyun will establish themselves in the first team and strengthen the team’s loose mound structure.
Moon Dong-ju and Kim Seo-hyun, whom we met at Incheon International Airport ahead of their departure for the Arizona spring camp on the 29th, seemed a little closer than during the final training last November. Kim Seo-hyun, who put her arm on Dong-joo Moon’s shoulder, said, “I contacted Dong-joo a lot at first. At first, he asked how to adapt, but later we talked a lot about daily life.”
It wasn’t a full season, but Moon Dong-ju, who spent a year as a pro first, opened up some tips to Kim Seo-hyun. Moon Dong-joo said, “I didn’t give much advice. He told me to do the same as I did in high school. Even if the environment changes, my skills don’t change, so I said there’s no big difference. And it’s not good to struggle to avoid getting sick. I hope you don’t think about getting hurt first.” said.
The two players have become close seniors and juniors, but they may compete on the mound this year. It is the ‘Rookie of the Year competition’. Moon Dong-ju threw 28⅔ innings last year, his debut season, and maintained his rookie title this year. Kim Seo-hyun is full of motivation, such as becoming a ‘topic’ with the determination of “I want to make 50 saves” a while ago.
However, the two players were not very conscious of the Rookie of the Year. Moon Dong-joo said, “Rookie of the year is not something I can do, so I think 스포츠토토 if I work hard, good results will tell me later.” Kim Seo-hyun also took a step back, saying, “I’m not thinking about competing for the rookie of the year yet. First of all, my goal is to quickly rise to the first team. I want to do well and follow you from the opening game.”
National representatives such as the Asian Games and APBC also gave up their greed. Kim Seo-hyun said, “I have greed, but it’s not an easy position to be chosen, so I’ll work hard so that I can be recognized.” Moon Dong-ju, who recently became a hot topic with Choo Shin-soo (SSG)’s comment, said, “Representing the country itself is an honor and a place to be greedy for.
Moon Dong-ju showed his desire to be the ace of his team by retaining the number 1 uniform he wore last year. Seohyun Kim, who was aiming for No. 11 and No. 22, wore No. 54. Kim Seo-hyun said, “It was my high school friend’s uniform number. He was a friend who couldn’t go to the pros, so I chose him with the thought that he would work even harder for that friend.”