Joining the ‘catcher the pitcher is looking for’, colleagues are also looking forward to it… Will the Lotte mound change?
I will become the catcher that the pitcher is looking for.”
This is the aspiration revealed by Yoo Kang-nam (31), a free agent transfer student to the Lotte Giants. It was engraved in his heart from the time he wore a catcher’s mask in his childhood. Playing as the main catcher for his previous team, the LG Twins, he worked with many pitchers and grew up with them. Kangnam Yoo, now a Giantsman, draws a bright future with Lotte pitchers.
In the meantime, Lotte did not have the resources to be called the main catcher. This is the reason why Kangnam Yoo was recruited by investing a total of 8 billion won over four years this winter. Kangnam Yoo not only boasts league-class framing, but also has good blocking ability. He is evaluated as a catcher who creates an environment where pitchers can throw the ball comfortably.
Yoo Kang-nam started a new start. We are preparing for the season with extraordinary determination. He said, “We try to understand each other while receiving the pitchers’ balls. I will become a catcher that the players look for and trust in me. he will work hard I prepared well this winter. he exercised diligently. I am looking forward to this season.”
Pitchers also expect the effect of recruiting Yoo Kang-nam. Koo Seung-min, the pitching team leader, said, “Yoo Kang-nam was on the opposing team, but I carefully watched the framing and ball composition. It would be really reassuring if we got to know each other well. I will try to breathe well. I wonder how much I can raise my forkball,” he said, 바카라사이트 drawing a picture of him going to the ground with Yoo Kang-nam.
Park Se-woong and Kim Won-joong are also the same. Park Se-woong said, “Yoo Kang-nam is a very good catcher. I am also looking forward to it. It takes a process to know. We will talk a lot with each other and figure out the pros and cons,” he said, and Kim Won-joong also said, “I have a strong catcher. He is looking forward to it,” he said, looking forward to working with Yoo Kang-nam as a battery.
He is determined to increase the stealing rate, which is pointed out as a weakness. Gangnam Yoo’s stealing rate was 0.256 in 2020, 0.230 in 2021, and 0.173 in 2022, drawing a downward curve every year. Yoo Kang-nam said, “It is true that the stealing rate has fallen. He is a catcher’s record, but cannot be raised by catcher’s strength alone. I will work with the pitcher and do my best to raise the record,” he said, raising his voice.
With Yoo Kang-nam’s joining, Lotte pitchers will be greeted with strong reinforcements. Lotte’s pitching staff ranked 9th in ERA (4.47) and 8th in WHIP (1.46 on-base per inning) last year. It performed poorly in various indicators. Attention is focusing on whether the Lotte mound will change with Yoo Kang-nam.