Strayley substitute Wilkerson’s first ‘League top class RPM + outside breaking ball’ is a gem, stamina needs to be supplemented 

It wasn’t bad. First of all, the number of rotations of the fastball is noticeable. The bats of hitters on the team that ranked first in team batting average (0.290) in July brushed the bottom of the ball. This is why there are so many pop flies.바카라사이트

Lotte’s new foreign pitcher Aaron Wilkerson (34) took off his veil. Wilkerson made his KBO League debut on the 26th in an away game against Doosan at Jamsil Stadium. Lotte coach Larry Sutton said, “It’s been a while since I came to Korea, and it’s a matter of when my stamina will drop due to non-game factors such as jet lag,” he said. He will talk with himself and judge the timing of the replacement.”

Lotte coach Larry Sutton greets his opponent Lee Seung-yeop before the 2023 KBO League match against Doosan held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium on the 26th. Jamsil | Reporter Choi Seung-seop thunder@sportsseoul.com

He said, “Basically, it has a high-level equipment. It was reported that he had good breaking ball movement and was a pitcher capable of throwing strikes on any count. All I watched was the video, so I’m looking forward to what pitches he will make.”

Wilkerson, who took the mound at the end of the first inning, announced his entry into the KBO League with a four-seam fastball (145 km/h) in the middle. The confrontation with Doosan leadoff Soo-bin Sue ended with an infield hit that brushed the first baseman’s mitt while throwing a slider. With the fast runner on first base, the quick motion wasn’t too bad, from 1.28 to 1.32. He combined two movements, one that slightly lifts the free leg and the other that slides it forward. The quick check was measured at 0.97 seconds, and the quick pitch to tie up the runner was 1 second and 10 seconds.

An unfamiliar pitcher has many advantages. It is possible to pitch aggressively because the batter does not know the pitching tempo, timing, and ball trajectory. In the first inning, Wilkerson, who threw a high-cut fastball to Heo Kyung-min on first base and caught it on a foul fly to the right fielder, threw a fastball to Kim Jae-hwan, inducing a double hit that rolled right in front of the first baseman.

Up to the 4th inning, I ate the innings without any crisis. As he aggressively attacked the strike zone, the number of pitches was quite low. He finished the inning with 12 in the second inning as well, having given up seven in the first and one walk. Doosan’s other linemen didn’t even wait and actively pushed out their bats and fought for timing, but Wilkerson’s fastball was better than expected.

Wilkerson’s fastball RPM (revolutions per minute), measured by Trackman installed in Jamsil Stadium, was measured at a maximum of 2616. The fastball thrown without power came out 2352 times, and the average was measured at 2489 times. Ahn Woo-jin (Kiwoom), the ‘light speed pitcher’, appeared 2582 times and KIA Lee Eui-ri 2513 times, so it can be seen as the top class in the league. The maximum speed of the fastball was 149 km per hour, and considering that the average was about 144 to 145 km, it means that the force pushing into the catcher’s mitt is good.

As manager Sutton feared, his strength declined after the number of pitches exceeded 60 in the bottom of the fifth inning. After pitching, his left foot, which had been holding up like a solid wall, began to rotate toward first base after 65 pitches. He has a high RBI and a typical pitching form with good up and down movement, but when the pivot foot starts to collapse, the release point is inevitably jagged. The 144km fastball thrown to Heo Kyung-min from 2nd 1st and 2nd base drove to the center and turned into a timely hit with 2 RBIs in the right middle. If he adapts to the strike zone of the league and the ability of hitters to cut, he is expected to pitch well.

There are no weaknesses. He stepped on the third base end of the pitching board and threw it, but it was exposed that he was struggling to control the outside fastball (based on a right-handed hitter). After throwing a fastball deep into his body, he throws a breaking ball outward to distract his gaze. He induces a swing with a fastball cut to the body, but throws a changeup outside to replace the regret of the fastball control. For a left-handed hitter, he threw an outside-cut fastball as a high-fastball to bring about a swing. Paradoxically, the key seems to be whether a left-handed hitter can throw a changeup freely.

Wilkerson said, “I was worried that he would slip because he sweated a lot, but his changeup control was good. He threw confidently. Sliders can be adjusted (constrain, angle, etc.). He explained, “I think he made it difficult to predict the type of pitch by mixing it with a cut fastball.”

The curve movement was also pretty good. It started at a height similar to that of a fastball and sank quickly. It was effective by throwing it in the form of a ball to the body of a left-handed hitter. It seems that the wrist flexibility is good, so the fingertip sensation is good.

His official record before his debut was 76 pitches in 5 innings, 6 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts and 2 runs. Considering it was his first pitch, he was fine.


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