Transfer student catcher from KIA and LG 15-win ace… District 36, Confidential Conversations
“I think it’s okay to use the change-up for both left and right batters?”
On the 6th (Korean time), the San Francisco Giants Sports Complex in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. The bullpen pitching of LG pitchers has begun. On this day, Adam Plutko and Sung Dong-hyun warmed up. In particular, Plutko threw the ball for the스포츠토토 first time after sitting the main catcher Park Dong-won.
Plutko joined on the 4th. This is because the airport in his hometown of Dallas is blocked from flight movement due to runway ice. Even so, he has built up his body well and has sprayed 36 pitches. He mixed his fastball, changeup, curveball, cutter and slider.
The most notable thing on the day was the changeup. Plutko didn’t use his changeup against righties last season. However, LG coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop, who watched the bullpen pitching, said, “I thought it would be okay to use the changeup for both left and right batters.”
For a right-handed pitcher, the changeup goes toward the right-handed hitter’s body. If the ball is not elaborate, there is a chance that it will go into the middle and get a long hit, or a ball that hits the body will come out. Anyway, Plutko recorded an average ERA of 2.39 in 15 wins even if he only used his changeup on lefties.
After the pitch, Plutko exchanged opinions with catcher Park Dong-won, manager Yeom Gyeong-yeop, and battery coach Park Gyeong-wan. Park Dong-won said, “The fastball position is so good. The changeup movement was also good.” Director Yeom also emphasized the active use of the changeup. At the same time, he said, “Both the changeup and the curve only need to go in low.”
Coach Park Kyung-wan took care of the details from the point of view of the catcher. I asked Plutko what kind of catch motion Park Dong-won was taking, and Plutko said it was not relevant. Plutko was also his first pitching, so it wasn’t 100% power pitching anyway, and it had the meaning of warming up and matching up with Park Dong-won for the first time.
Park Dong-won said in an interview at this camp that he was studying LG pitchers. It was impressive to see him talk in detail and secretly about his feelings from the catcher’s point of view and from the batter’s point of view after the actual Plutko pitch. Plutco also listened to Park Dong-won and exchanged opinions.
Plutkodo and Park Dong-won are also important key players in LG’s challenge for the presidency this season. Plutko ruined Game 2 of the playoffs against Kiwoom, but looking back at the pennant, he was one of the best right-handed pitchers last year. Park Dong-won is also a catcher who shows long hitting power, excellent runner control, and defensive power. This spring camp is a time for the key pitchers and the new main catcher to create harmony.
“The overall feel was good,” Plutko said. It was fun working with Park Dong-won, and I look forward to more in the future. I’m ready. LG fighting”.