‘Already 153 km Bang’ Kwak Bin, in excellent condition ahead of the WBC

Doosan Bears right-hander Young-gun Kwak-bin (24) is showing off his good condition ahead of joining the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team.

On the morning of the 9th, Kwak Bin pitched in the bullpen and checked his pitching during the team’s spring camp morning training at Blacktown International Sports Town in Sydney, Australia.

Lee Seung-yeop (47), the new Doosan coach, and Jung Jae-hoon (43), the pitching coach, were watching, and he was surprised and applauded as he recorded a fastball speed of 153 km. Kwak Bin moved to the next training session with a satisfied expression while smiling shyly at the compliments pouring in. 안전놀이터

Kwak Bin climbed the mound one more time in the main stadium. Since he was not a power pitcher, he was not live pitching, but he was hardly allowed to hit right in a situation where batters were also increasing their sense of practice while dealing with pitchers who were raising their pace. 

Kwak Bin had a successful first full-time year with an average ERA of 3.78 with 8 wins and 9 losses in 27 games and 147⅔ innings last year. It was one of the biggest gains not only for Doosan, but also for Korean baseball as a whole, which has recently suffered from the absence of a right-handed orthodox starting pitcher.

Kwak Bin’s sharp fastball caught the eye of Lee Kang-cheol (57), the WBC team coach, and the technical committee. It is evaluated that he has a fastball that can work well on the international stage, so it is expected that he will be given a heavy weight in the first round of the 2023 WBC to be held at Tokyo Dome in Japan in March.

Starting next week, my friend Jeong Cheol-won (24) and my teammate Yang Eui-ji (37), who are the same age as me, moved to Arizona, USA to join the WBC national team camp. 

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