‘Dori Dori’ KIA Rookie Kwak Do-gyu “Watch the MLB Josh Hader video carefully” 

 “It’s really an honor to be able to appear here as a rookie.”

KIA Tigers rookie Kwak Do-gyu (19) was selected as an All-Star in the Futures League (second team) in his first year of debut and will play in the All-Star Game.스포츠토토

Kwak Do-gyu played 22 games in the Futures League this season, recording 5 wins, 2 saves, 2 holds, and an ERA of 0.70. He struck out 26 in 25.2 innings.

He was also called up to the first team. Kwak Do-gyu recorded an ERA of 9.00 in 6 appearances in the first team. In five innings pitched, he allowed five hits and six walks, but struck out seven.

Although he briefly experienced the first team, he said he felt a lot. Kwak Do-gyu said, “He didn’t just throw the ball and come down, he felt how to complement it in detail.”

Kwak Do-gyu said, “This is what the manager and coach always say, and he said that you have to throw well in a’situation with runners’ to be able to pitch in a close game. He is trying to fight well in the set position in order to become a pitcher who can rise to a more important four positions,” he explained.

He said, “I was concerned about reducing the set position pop time, so there was a part where my pitch fell. However, after hard work, now, even in the set position, the pop time is reduced, but the pitch and speed are the same.”

Kwak Do-gyu’s strength is that he can catch batters with two-seam. I am a lefty sidearm, so I have an image of being strong against lefties. I want to be able to choose left and right batters. The angle angle was lowered not only to catch left-handed hitters, but also because it was the best pitch angle. I want to give people the confidence to throw well.”

Kwak Do-kyu was not originally a sidearm pitcher. He said, “I switched to sidearm before the draft. I think that was the reason he was nominated as a pro. He came to pro thanks to him. However, it was a new feeling since he changed his pitching form not long ago. However, he expressed his gratitude, saying, “I think the start was not good because KIA coach Son Seung-rak took good care of his posture.”

Kwak Do-gyu is a pitcher who studies. He said, “I try to see the movements of the same sidearm and three quarter players in detail. He said, “Recently, he is closely watching MLB (left-handed three quarters) pitcher Josh Hader (Sen Diego Padres).” Kwak Do-gyu added, “I am referring to it thinking, ‘What would I do in that situation?

Kwak Do-gyu has an average ERA of 0 in the Futures League. He said, “As much as his brothers call him ‘Mr. Zero,’ he is playing the game thinking about how to deal with the hitters, not thinking about conceding runs.”

As KIA is the most popular club in Korea, quite a lot of fans come to Hampyeong, where the 2nd division stadium is located. Kwak Do-gyu said, “A lot of fans come. He said, ‘Cheer up, baby tiger’. I have a unique routine where I shake my head when I pitch, and they call me ‘Dori Dori’. I am always grateful,” he said.

Lastly, Kwak Do-gyu said, “My goal is to go back to the 1st team in the second half and finish the season in the 1st team. I want to appear in many games,” he promised.

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