It is still a question mark.
KIA Tigers new foreign pitcher Adonis Medina (27). The average ERA of 7⅓ innings in two demonstration games is 6.14. He faced 35 batters and gave up only one walk while striking out eight. However, he allowed 11 hits (one home run) and allowed 6 runs (5 earned runs).
The exhibition match is a time of preparation. Regardless of the outcome, this is the stage where you release, test, and supplement what you have prepared during the camp. There is no need to dwell too much on Medina’s performance in the previous two matches.스포츠토토
What matters is the content. Medina threw fastballs over 150km without difficulty, showing the type of pitcher that KIA expected when recruiting. However, it becomes a problem if he gives up a hit without being able to overwhelm the opponent’s batting line with that pitch. Against Doosan in Gwangju on the 18th, Kim Jae-hwan, who had only two successful base steals last year, was allowed to steal bases, raising the issue of containment.
Medina signed a contract with KIA this season for a total of $636,000. With an annual salary of $300,000, he is the lowest among players playing in the KBO league this season. However, it is known that the maximum limit of 1 million dollars was met in the first year of a foreigner, including down payment, option, and transfer fee paid by KIA to the Milwaukee Brewers, the original team, in the process of recruiting Medina. For the KIA, which invested a considerable amount while replacing both foreign pitchers, including Sean Anderson (total of $1 million), Medina has no choice but to hope that Medina will quickly remove the question mark and adapt smoothly to the KBO league.
KIA coach Kim Jong-guk said, “It’s time for both Medina and the opposing batter to get to know each other.” He pointed out that “Even if it hits, it’s better to get hit now,” but “I need to take the ball in a little more detail.” He also pointed out, “(Through two appearances), he must have felt that if he was not careful, he could be caught (by the opposing batter) and conceded at any time.” Regarding the active base run play of opponent hitters during Medina’s mound, “The check action is fast, but there is also an aspect of caring too much about runners. I see it as a process of adapting to the league by testing myself,” he said. “Anyone can run. You have to think that it is there. You are probably feeling it.” He said, “You know yourself well, but I think (coaching staff) will have to infuse tension.”