KT left-handed pitcher Wes Benjamin (29) showed off his powerful pitch ahead of the new season.
On the 24th (Korean time), kt played an evaluation match against the Korean baseball team participating in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tucson, Arizona, USA. Unlike the official game, the match was held with an irregular lineup by agreement between the two teams.
Benjamin, who set the number of pitches and started, recorded 1 walk and no runs against 6 batters in 1 inning. He threw a total of 23 balls and recorded the highest fastball velocity of 149 km.
Benjamin, who joined as a substitute for William Cuevas in June of last year, played a part in the starting lineup with an average ERA of 2.70 with 5 wins and 4 losses in 17 games. He experienced his first fall baseball in Kiwoom and Jun playoffs, and had an average ERA of 3.00 with 1 win and 1 loss in 2 games.
Benjamin, who successfully finished his first season in the KBO League, is expecting more this year. He is working hard for his second season.
After the game, Benjamin expressed his feelings through the club, “I am not sick and I am in good shape. I have been able to concentrate better and have been motivated to deal with hitters in a real game after a long time.” He continued, “I focused on increasing speed from the off-season. During weight training, I raised the weight and exercised, and my weight increased by about 3kg. I tried a lot, but good results are coming out.”
Following Benjamin, young pitchers climbed the mound to check their skills. Park Young-hyeon (1 inning, 1 run), Park Se-jin (1 inning, 1 run), Son Dong-hyeon (1 inning, 4 run), Kim Jeong-woon (1 inning, 2 run), Cho Yi-hyeon (1 inning, no run), Lee Chae-ho (1 inning, no run), Kim Young-hyeon (1 inning) innings scoreless) took the mound one after another. 온라인바카라
In the other lineup, Kim Sang-soo, who played shortstop second, recorded one hit. Song Min-seop, Oh Yoon-seok, Anthony Alford, and Bae Jeong-dae each had one hit. Son Min-seok, who was dispatched to the national team, returned to his team kt in the second half of the game and played an active part with 1 hit and 2 RBIs.
kt lost 2 to 8 in the evaluation match against the national team that day. On the 25th, the second evaluation match against kt will be held at the same place.