LG Ham Deok-joo is getting closer to his prime skills ahead of FA. At this rate, I think it could be a big variable for Stove League.
Ham Deok-joo perfectly blocked 2 innings against Hanwha in Jamsil on the 20th. He struck out three while not letting out a single runner. He has been scoreless in the last 7 games in a row, and during this period, 1 win, 1 hold and 3 saves, he played a full score regardless of position.
Most of all, it is encouraging that redemption is being revived. Ham Deok-joo’s fastball arrest has been on the rise since mid-May. According to coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop, in the game on the 20th, the speed reached 146 km per hour.안전놀이터
Even before the game on the 20th, coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “If 1-2 km per hour is added, it can be seen that it has returned to the good times.” Ham Deok-joo recorded an even faster speed in the game that day.
Before the game on the 21st, coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop said, “It is positive that Ham Deok-joo’s fastball speed comes up to 146 km/h. When the speed goes up, you can find the best performance. It’s hopeful for the coach, and it’s good for Deok-ju. revealed
▲ LG Ham Deok-joo ⓒ Reporter Kwak Hye-mi
Last year, the first team’s grades were good. He gave up one run in 10⅓ innings in 10 games in April. The average ERA was only 0.87. The problem was the injury. On May 5, he disappeared after one scoreless inning against Doosan. And he never returned to the first team. He spent only 35 days in the first team.
He even considered changing his position as a starting pitcher, but he didn’t get his way. After a 4-month hiatus, he played in the Futures League game since September, but came out as a reliever in all 8 games. He never returned to the first team.
Director Yeom Kyung-yeop’s last words, “It’s good for Ham Deok-joo,” are significant. Ham Deok-joo will be eligible for free agency after this season. If he had gone through last year without a hitch, he would have already signed a free agent contract, but he couldn’t fill his registration days.
Besides, his annual salary this year is 100 million won, so he can come to the market with a C grade. It is an opportunity to recruit a pitcher who is still in his 20s with experience as a closer without compensation. The process to obtain the FA qualification was not smooth, but as he regained his prime skills from the previous season, the possibility of becoming a player in the Stove League increased.