“There aren’t many pitchers like this in Korea” A gift called Sanchez made by a scout’s keen eye
- on Jun 12, 2023
“It was a game against left-handed batters.메이저놀이터 There are not many pitchers like this in the KBO league.”
Hanwha’s ‘injured player’ Birch Smith’s recruitment, whether it was a big hit or a bad one, turned into a miserable failure. Even though I had a failure once, I can laugh now. Ricardo Sanchez, who was brought in as a substitute, continues to record a team win rate of 100% when starting with an average ERA of 1.39 in six games. The gift of Sanchez that Hanwha received was created by scout Kim Jin-young, who was in charge of recruiting foreign players.
Sanchez started against Daejeon LG on the 10th and threw 112 pitches in 8 innings, giving up 2 hits, 8 strikeouts, and won the game. Sanchez, who had the most 7 innings pitched even during his rotation in the minor leagues, played his best game since his professional debut in his 6th appearance in Korea. The match was stopped for 43 minutes due to sudden heavy rain in the 3rd inning, but it was a comfortable game that did not shake.
A fast ball exceeding 150 km/h can even reach the ninth pitch. In particular, he calmed down the LG batting line while actively competing against left-handed batters. Only Oh Ji-hwan got two hits, and Park Hae-min, Moon Seong-joo, Kim Hyun-soo, Moon Bo-kyung, and Shin Min-jae were thoroughly tied up.
With 1.67 walks per 9 innings, he is at least 6th among 54 pitchers who have thrown 30 or more innings. It means that he did not struggle to adapt to the strike zone even though he came to a new league just this year, and during the season. Among the players in the top 10 in walks per nine innings, Sanchez is the only player in the first season of the KBO League.
After the game, Sanchez said, “It is not easy for a left-handed pitcher to attack the body of a left-handed batter. It took a long time to learn, and eventually got used to it through training. It took a long time to apply it to the game, but in the end I did it. The batted ball doesn’t come out well, so I actively learned it and I’m using it in the game.”
Scout Kim Jin-young, who watched the interview from the sidelines, said that he paid attention to this point while watching Sanchez’s pitching in the US. He said, “I watched Sanchez’s left-handed batter’s body game,” he said.
Director Choi Won-ho also laughs at Sanchez’s strong pitching. Prior to the game on the 11th, coach Choi Won-ho said, “The pitching tempo is fast and the strike is thrown aggressively.