SSG 4th year left-hander Young Gun Oh Won-seok (22) is preparing to become the successor to Kim Gwang-hyun.
Oh Won-seok gained experience going back and forth between selection and relief last season. He went 6-8 with a 4.50 ERA in 31 games and 144 innings. He demonstrated his growth by consistently pitching five innings in his starts. In the 3rd game of the Korean Series against Kiwoom, which was his first fall baseball stage, he pitched a good fight with 5⅔ innings and 1 run, contributing to the combined victory.
In this year’s spring camp, Won-Seok Oh competed with Jong-Hun Park and Seung-Won Moon for the remaining two spots. However, there seemed to be no place for Oh Won-seok. He gave up positions to Park Jong-hoon and Moon Seung-won and was set in the direction of going to the bullpen.
However, a variable occurred. A spot was created when new foreign pitcher Romero left due to a shoulder injury. In this way, Oh Won-seok joined the opening rotation. And Oh Won-seok, who was on the starting mound for the final game of the demonstration game, proved his worth with a good pitching of 5 scoreless innings.
Oh Won-seok led the team to a 1-0 victory with 5 innings, 4 hits, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts and no runs in the final match against LG held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 28th. He threw 76 balls, mixing a fastball with a maximum speed of 148 km per hour, a slider, a changeup, and a curveball. It was an effective pitch.
Oh Won-seok got a heavy hit from the first batter, Seo Geon-chang, in the top of the first inning, but stopped the base stealer and raised the count. After striking out Park Hae-min on a swing, he gave up a hit to Austin Dean to left field. He ended the inning with a looking strikeout from Oh Ji-hwan. The second episode was blocked with a triple strike.
In the top of the 3rd inning, Moon Bo-kyung and Kim Min-seong turned grounders and allowed Seo Geon-chang another heavy hit. This time, he allowed stealing and was driven to second base with two outs. Park Hae-min was blocked with a ground ball, but Park Dong-won was sent out on a walk and faced a crisis with 2 out 1 and 2 base. Here, Kim Hyun-soo caught the second baseman with a floating ball and did not concede. In the fifth, he caught two out counts on a fly ball. He got a heavy hit from Kim Min-seong, but completed his mission by turning Seo Geon-chang into a beom-ta.
After sluggishness in the last two games, I successfully passed the final mock exam. He pitched in relief against Sajik Lotte on the 16th and against Hanwha in Daejeon on the 21st, scoring 2 runs in 1 inning and 3 runs in 3 innings, respectively.
SSG coach Kim Won-hyung praised Won-seok, saying, “As a starting pitcher, Won-seok showed good pitching and pitching. The part where his condition improved a lot was positive.”
According to Oh Won-seok,안전놀이터 he paid more attention to the slider. He said, “It was a satisfactory pitch overall. Last season, the slider continued to match the timing of the fastball, so I have been working hard to improve the slider’s completeness since camp.”
Oh Won-seok expressed his determination, saying, “I am excited and nervous at the same time as the season is near,” and “I will work hard to show a good image on the mound as much as I have prepared diligently.”