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Kwak Bin (25, Doosan Bears) is the "No. 1 player in the team's pitching group" last season. He received compensation as the front seat of his annual salary, which was 140 million won last year, changed.

He had a "career-high" season. He played in 23 games and secured the starting lineup of his team by winning 12 games, losing seven with an ERA of 2.90. He pitched 127 ⅓ while failing to meet the required innings (144 innings), but he received the most points among Doosan's pitching staff.

Kwak literally wrote the story of "human victory." Kwak, who joined Doosan Bears as the first player to win in 2018, played in 32 games in his first year, posting three wins, one loss, one save and four hold average ERA of 7.55. However, he spent two seasons rehabilitating from elbow surgery.

Kwak has returned to the starting lineup. He has been given the opportunity to start full-time since 2021. With four wins, seven losses and a 4.10 ERA in 21 games in 2021, Kwak more firmly maintained his starting lineup with eight wins, nine losses and a 3.78 ERA in 27 games the following year.

He clearly enjoyed his prime time last year. When it comes to fastball power, he was evaluated as the best in the league along with Ahn Woo-jin (Kium). He quickly settled down as the best starting pitcher in the league as he controlled his ball control, which was somewhat risky.

The team also had a national flag on it. In the Hangzhou Asian Games, he failed to take the mound due to a lack of strength. After recovering, he saw an opportunity to play as a second pitcher, but it failed due to the starting pitcher's good pitching.

He recovered his reputation as a member of the national team at the Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC) after the end of the season. In the final match against Japan, he pitched well with six strikeouts and one run in five innings, demonstrating his international competitiveness.

Although it is still evaluated as the best, the junior pitcher also began to shout "Like Kwak Bin" as he is achieving solid growth.

Choi Seung-yong (23) is a pitcher who achieved remarkable growth along with Kwak Bin last year.

Choi, who joined the Doosan Bears in the second round of the 2021 Rookie Draft, was evaluated as a next-generation starting pitcher as he has flexible pitching form. After starting and reliving relief pitchers for two years since joining the team, he settled down as a starting pitcher in the second half of last year. He pitched 31 innings in seven games since September, posting an ERA of 1.74, raising expectations for the next season. Playing for the APBC national team along with Kwak Bin, he appeared in three games as a relief pitcher, striking out five during three ⅔ innings, and showed good performance with an ERA of 2.45.

"Because I showed a good performance in the second half of last year, my fans have high expectations and I have high expectations for myself. The first thing is that I am not sick," Choi said. "I want to improve more than a good performance in the second half of the year. I will follow the footsteps of (Kwak) Bin, who is getting better and better."

Choi Seung-yong expressed his new determination with his back number this season. He changed his number to No. 28, which became vacant after Jang Won-joon, a "132 win left-hander legend," retired. Choi stressed, "He is a senior who has achieved tremendous results in the KBO League. I will do my best to meet the expectations because I think he will have weight and expectations when he puts on the numbers."

"I want to meet the required innings rather than my greed for victory this year. I want to meet the required innings by playing full-time as a starting pitcher," he said.-
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Monday, January 15, 2024

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