Fastball pitcher Han Seung-hyeok (30, Hanwha), who brought in a promising giant, failed to make use of his 7th starting opportunity. It’s unfortunate for Hanwha, but at least this season, I think we have to admit the trade failure.
Han Seung-hyuk started against Doosan in Daejeon on the 11th, but was beaten early with 5 hits (1 home run), 2 walks and 5 runs (4 earned) in 2 innings and became a losing pitcher. It was a game with a lot of pressure as the team lost four straight games, but the pitching was disappointing to the extent that it could not survive the third inning. After losing 4-11, Hanwha’s ranking went down from 8th to 9th.스포츠토토
Han Seung-hyeok, who gave up the first run with two hits and a walk in the first inning, hit a solo home run by Heo Kyung-min in the second inning. The slider on the third pitch became a misspelling formed high toward the body, leading to a left-handed home run. In the 3rd inning, Kim Jae-ho hit a heavy hit and Jose Rojas hit a double in the middle right, putting the second and third bases in danger. Hanwha pitching coach Park Seung-min came up and tried to break the flow, but Yang Seok-hwan allowed a straight walk and the bases were safely loaded.
Then, when he threw the first ball to Kim Jae-hwan, the pitcher was eventually replaced during the at-bat. With a total of 43 pitches, the ratio of strikes (27) and balls (26) was similar. Maximum 150 km, average 148 km. He used 5 types of pitches, including fastball (17), slider (13), curve (9), two-seam (8), and forkball (6), but the number of pitches increased as the pitch was not controlled. He was not sharp enough to strike out 13 batters. There was only one miss swing.
Han Seung-hyuk has not won in 21 games (36⅓ innings) of the season until this day, 3 losses and 1 hold, and an average ERA of 6.44. He started the season as a saver, but went down to the second team when he couldn’t get over the hump during the month of April. After adjusting for 35 days, he worked on increasing the number of pitches as a starter. As Kim Min-woo and Jang Min-jae left due to injuries and poor pitches, respectively, they were put in as substitute starters from mid-June.
Since his starting switch, he seemed to be steadily increasing his pitch count with 7 innings and 1 run in his first 2 games. However, after that, he continued to struggle with an average ERA of 9.82 in 5 starts and 2 losses. His performance in 7 starts was 21⅔ innings, 2 losses, and an earned run average of 7.06. His most innings is 4, which is only twice. The remaining 5 games were 3 innings or less. Due to the poor digestion of innings, the bullpen burden was heavy every day starting Han Seung-hyuk.
After the end of last year’s season, Hanwha handed over prospect Woohyuk Byun to the KIA and traded Han Seunghyuk, Jisu Jang, and two pitchers. In order to strengthen pitcher depth, Han Seung-hyeok, who can both start and save, was recruited as the main card. As they brought in a 30-year-old pitcher while giving a 23-year-old military veteran, the plan was to use it immediately as a full force, but it is not going as planned. He is used as a starter when his use as a salvation is ambiguous, but there is no noticeable rebound.
Due to the circumstances of the Hanwha team, which were not suitable for the 4th and 5th selection, Han Seung-hyeok was continuously given opportunities to start, but as of now, there is nothing good for the team or as an individual. Hanwha cannot give up easily because it is a power that must be used well in a short period of 1-2 years to produce results, but at least this season we have reached a situation where we have to admit the trade failure and make adjustments while promising the next one.
With Jang Min-jae returning to the 1st team, Hanwha went back to the 2nd team after 2 games, and Kim Seo-hyun, who received starting lessons from the Futures team, had a return to the 1st team as the 3rd pitcher in the 4th inning against Doosan on the 11th. However, with 2⅔ innings, 3 hits, 6 walks, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, and 4 runs, the Hanwha bench’s worries grew. It may be necessary to find other 4-5 starters other than Han Seung-hyuk and Kim Seo-hyun. Among the first-team bullpens, there are Lee Tae-yang and Han Seung-joo, who have selection experience, and Young-gun Nam Ji-min and Kim Ki-joong, who are in the starting rotation for the Futures team, are also considered substitute candidates.