Hanwha Eagles ‘Super Rookie’ Moon Dong-ju (20) started his first live pitching. From the beginning of the camp, he drew attention by throwing a fast ball that exceeded 150 km per hour, but on this day, he did not measure his speed, so his eyes were even more eye-catching.
Moon Dong-ju started his first live pitching on the 16th (Korean time) at Arizona Spring Camp, USA. He threw 20 pitches, checking his fastball, slider, curveball and changeup. As it was his first live pitching, he focused on learning how to fight the batter.
The reason Moon Dong-ju did not measure his restraint that day was because he judged that it was meaningless. An official from Hanwha explained, “Since he had already checked his speed during bullpen pitching, he didn’t have to check his speed until today’s live pitching.”
Moon Dong-ju drew attention by recording his highest speed of 151 km from his first bullpen pitching on the 4th. He was a standout figure because he didn’t pitch for power. So, the club seems to be wary of Moon Dong-ju continuing to check the redemption. Failure to adjust the pace after focusing on speed from spring camp is a common mistake made by rookie pitchers. 스포츠토토
Regarding his first live pitching, Dong-ju Moon said, “I gave up a straight walk to the first hitter. It was my first live pitching that I was not satisfied with. However, I think that time will solve the problem, so I will concentrate more and continue the camp.”
Moon Dong-joo is the next ace who graduated from Gwangju Jinheung High School and joined Hanwha in 2022 with the first nomination. Expectations were high from his debut season, but injuries continued to hinder him, and he only recorded 1 win, 3 losses, 2 holds, 28⅔ innings, and an earned run average of 5.65 in 13 games.
So, from the spring of this year, he is building his body by putting weight on injury prevention step by step. In his second year as a professional, his goal is to prove that he is the right one by completing a season in good health.
Moon Dong-joo said, “Last year, there were a few injuries. So I think I worked very hard to reduce injuries. I worked harder on physical training with the idea of making my body harder than pitching. The coaches also made sure not to get hurt. He puts the most emphasis on this year. I set a big goal for this year, but once I don’t get hurt, I have a goal.”