“I only cared about speed in high school” There is something more important than 160km to An Woo-jin

 One of the things that has emerged as a ‘hot issue’ in the KBO League these days is ‘redemption’. Hanwha Moon Dong-ju recorded 160.1 km, breaking the 160 km wall for the first time as a domestic pitcher, and Kiwoom스포츠토토 An Woo-jin also recorded a record close to 160 km with 159.8 km, and the ‘fastball war’ broke out.

In particular, Ahn Woo-jin has now established himself as a person that many pitchers long for. Last year, he pitched 196 innings, recording 15 wins and 8 losses with an ERA of 2.11, sweeping the ERA, innings, and strikeouts categories, standing tall as the ace representing the league. He pitched in 4 games this year as well, and continues to pitch the best ace down in the league with an ERA of 1.08 with 1 win and 1 loss.

Now, many young players watch Ahn Woo-jin’s video and try to follow him. In particular, I want to resemble An Woo-jin’s speed, which is close to 160 km.

However, Ahn Woo-jin said, “Of course, it is good to make the speed faster. But if there are student players who watch us and play baseball, I want to say that speed is important, but control is more important.”

Ahn Woo-jin is well aware that the issue of restraint is emerging these days. “As speed has become a hot topic, you may not pay attention to control. In high school, I only paid attention to speed. Ahn Woo-jin, who said, “I want to say that control is the priority,” said Ahn Woo-jin, “because I felt so desperate. Even if there is a 10km difference in velocity between throwing in the middle and entering the outside, I will choose to throw accurately outward. No matter how well I hit it, the batted ball couldn’t reach it,” he said.

Ahn Woo-jin has the best weapon, a fast ball. Again, the most difficult thing for him was control, and he put a lot of effort into it. One trick he learned. Depending on the situation, it is to pay attention to the ‘knife jegu’. If you are buried in the three letters of control every time you pitch, you can do things wrong.

An Woo-jin said, “If I throw too much attention to the border line from the first pitch, the number of balls increases and the ball count goes unfavorably.” revealed

When he was told that there are more players who learn by watching him now, he said, “I’m grateful if you learn by watching me. I have to do better in the future.” Ahn Woo-jin’s pitching, which has both restraint and control, makes it possible to understand why he is the ace representing the league. If someone sees An Woo-jin’s pitching and learns and grows, a pitcher comparable to An Woo-jin might soon be born again.

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