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27-year-old Panama Express, and the ace in 2024

Kiwoom Heroes is in negotiations with foreign pitcher Ariel Furado (27, Panama) and foreign hitter Ronnie Dawson. Negotiations with new foreign pitchers are also underway. The performance of foreign players is always important, but the performance of Furado is especially important next year.

This is because there is a lot of uncertainty in Kiwoom's starting lineup in the 2024 season. Ahn Woo-jin will not be able to play next year as he has Tommy John surgery. Jung Chan-heon also had back surgery. Choi Won-tae (LG Twins) should not miss it anymore. In other words, next year, three native starters must be newly formed from the ground up.

That's why it's important to select one or two foreigners. Even after a good performance this season, he must prove in the 2024 season that the performance was not a coincidence. At the start of the 2023 season, he was the third starter after Ahn Woo-jin and Eric Jokishi, but he is likely to play in the opening game on March 23 next year.

It is natural to expect Furado to play as a Kiwoom ace next year. He had 11 wins, 8 losses and a 2.65 ERA in 30 games this season. In 183.2 innings, he recorded a batting average of 0.234 and a WHIP of 1.12. He struck out 147 and gave up only 41 walks. He also had 20 quality starts.

Based on the statistics website Statistics, the average speed of fastballs was 146.2 kilometers. I took 150km for a long time. The proportions of four-seam and two-seam were similar, and the proportions of sliders, curves, and changeups were similar. The hit rate of the pitches except for the four-seam (0.255) was not 0.250 . He is not just a heavy ball, but a player who knows how to pitch.

In a way, it should be said that Seung-woon did not follow. Kiwoom's failure to accumulate many wins this year was largely due to the fact that the lineup did not explode when Ahn Woo-jin, Furado, and Yokishi threw well. Nevertheless, there were not many games where Furado collapsed sharply this year. Surprisingly, there were only three games where four runs or more were allowed.

It even ranked sixth in the league with a WAR of 6.03, based on the baseball statistics site Statistics. It was the best among foreign players after Eric Peddy (30), who ranked first overall in the league with 7.29. For reference, there was also a difference from Austin Dean (LG Twins, 5.19), the top foreign hitter in WAR.

Furado is from Panama. Whenever Furado took the mound at home this season, he often visited the scene to cheer for Furado at the Panama Embassy. If Furado is active next year, not only the Panama Embassy but also the number of domestic fans will increase. Ace should always be able to entertain fans.
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