‘ERA 6.14’ KIA Fireballer faltering… “If you’re not careful, you’ll get hit, you must have felt it”

“I must have felt that if I was careless, I could be hit by opponent batters and concede.”

Adonis Medina, a new foreign pitcher for the KIA Tigers, took the mound twice in demonstration games to check his pitching. But the results are not satisfactory.

On the 14th, his first appearance, Medina recorded 4 hits (1 home run) in 3 innings against the Hanwha Eagles, no walks, 2 strikeouts and 3 runs (2 earned). Even against the Doosan Bears on the 18th, he was sluggish with 7 hits, 2 walks (1 walk), 6 strikeouts and 3 runs in 4⅓ innings.

There were positive signs. Medina gave up just one walk while striking out eight. However, he got 11 hits in 7⅓ innings. The average ERA in two games is 6.14.

Medina is a right-handed fireballer who throws a fast ball over 150 km/h. He has a sharp two-seam fastball, a cutter, and a changeup that is powerful. He also uses sliders and curves. Medina’s pitching, which was revealed in the exhibition game, felt powerful, and his strikeout ability was also noticeable. However, he showed some ups and downs in his first pitch.

KIA coach Kim Jong-guk gave advice about Medina, saying, “It’s time to get to know the opponent’s hitters. You have to take your pitches in a little more detail. Even if you get a hit, it’s better to get hit now.”

At the same time, he added, “I think we need to instill tension.

On the 18th, against Doosan in Gwangju, Medina allowed Kim Jae-hwan, who succeeded in stealing two bases last season, to steal bases. In response, coach Kim said, “4th hitter Kim Jae-hwan tried, but any runner can steal. He feels it and will be preparing well.” It’s a process of adaptation,” he said.

In the KIA, left-handed starting duo Yang Hyeon-jong and Lee Eui-ri joined the team late, digesting the schedule for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC).스포츠토토 Yang Hyeon-jong threw 45 pitches in 3⅓ innings against Doosan on the 18th, and Lee Eui-ri threw 56 pitches in 3 innings. If Yang Hyeon-jong and Lee Eui-ri’s condition does not improve normally, is there a possibility that Medina and Sean Anderson will start after a 4-day break at the beginning of the season? 

Coach Kim said, “I’m trying to think about it after entering the season. Lee Eui-ri and other domestic starters are not yet ready. It is possible to pitch after a 4-day break, but we have to look at their condition. Overall, we will try to check the condition of the pitching staff and keep an eye on it. “he explained.

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