This is why the ‘Doo Taek Yeon Doo Taek Yeon’ crisis has been deleted ‘KKK’ Kim’s impressive run to the quarterfinals
Incheon High’s Kim Taek-yeon, who rose to fame as “Doo Taek-yeon,” pitched well at the Presidential High School Baseball Tournament and led his team to the quarterfinals.
On the afternoon of the 7th, Incheon High School and Gyeonggi Sangsung University played in the round of 16 of the Presidential Baseball Tournament at Mokdong Baseball Stadium in Seoul. Incheon High’s No. 1 pitcher Kim Taek-yeon pitched the sixth inning.
Incheon High’s ace Kim Taek-yeon has unusually been in charge of the back door instead of starting since his high school days. While most high school ace pitchers start, he has been pitching out of the bullpen to help secure his team’s victories.
In a tournament game against Jangango in the President’s Cup, Kim took the mound with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning and was able to hold off the Jangango rally to help his team win 11-1.
In the round of 16 against Gyeonggi Sanggo, Kim was also called upon in a clutch situation. With runners on first and second in the sixth inning, Kim took the mound as the team’s third pitcher. Kim struck out three straight batters to end the threat. The batters had a hard time responding to the heavy ball. With runners on first and second base, she got out of the jam.
In the seventh inning, Kim Taek-yeon took the mound and struck out three to secure the win. Incheon won the cold game in the seventh inning against Gyeonggi Sanggo.
Kim topped out at 150 kilometers per hour. He is not a powerful fireballer, but he has good spin on his pitches and throws a heavy ball. His fastball and slider were his strengths, and he showed off reliable control.
Kim Taek-yeon, who cites LG Twins closer Ko Woo-seok as his role model, dreams of becoming the best closer in the game.
In the KBO League 2024 First-Year Player Draft, which will be held on September 14, Kim is fast becoming a top first-round pick.
After Masan Yongmago’s Jang Hyun-seok, who was sure to be the No. 1 overall pick due to his overwhelming physicality and hard-hitting fastball, announced his decision to move to the United States, Kim became even more prominent.
If Hanwha, which has the first pick, selects Jang Chung-go Hwang Jun-seo, who was expected to go second overall, Doosan, which has the second pick, will likely select Kim Taeyeon. He could also be selected by Lotte at No. 3 and Samsung at No. 4, but Doosan’s pick at No. 2 would come first 스포츠토토.
Kim is seen as an immediate first-team starter in the professional ranks next year. Doosan has a closer in Hong Gun-hee, but he will be eligible for free agency after this season. That’s why Doosan needs Kim Taek-yeon as a future closer.
With the departure of No. 1 Jang Hyun-seok to the United States, Kim has emerged as Doosan’s “Doo Taek-yeon”.