Will there be a chance.
The Kiwoom Heroes, led by Coach Hong Won-ki, will hold spring camps in Arizona and Kaohsiung in the U.S. for a total of 38 days from March 29 to March 6 in preparation for the 2024 season. A total of 46 people including coaching staff, players and front desk will participate in the camp.
From Feb. 1 to Feb. 14, the team will take a three-day break for the new season at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Arizona. The team plans to focus on basic training and strengthen its condition.
After completing his U.S. training schedule, he will move to Taiwan and continue his training from Feb. 18 to March 5 at Borders Qingpu Baseball Stadium in Kaohsiung. He will play six practice games with Taiwanese professional baseball teams, including the Zhongxin Brothers and the Tung Lions, to adjust his sense of play in real games.
A total of 24 players were included in the U.S. spring camp training list. The list includes captain Kim Hye-sung, veteran outfielders Lee Yong-gyu and Lee Hyung-jong, infielders Choi Joo-hwan and pitcher Oh Seok-ju, and foreigners Ariel Furado-Ronnie Dawson and Enmanuel de Jesus.
And Kim In-beom, who returned from military service, was also on the pitching staff. Kim In-beom, a right-hander from Jeonju High School, received the Kiwoom designation as the 34th pick in the second round of the fourth round in 2019. He had high expectations since joining the team based on his solid physique of 187cm-97kg.
In 2019 and 2020, he was only on the Futures stage. He posted a 5.44 ERA with two wins, one loss and one hold in 15 games in 2019 season, and a 2.3-loss ERA in 14 games in 2020 season.
After the end of the 2019 season, Kim joined the Australian professional baseball league as a member of Geelong Korea. At the game against the Sydney Blue Sox, Kim showed strong performance by allowing five hits, two walks, three strikeouts and one run (no earned run) in six innings. There were days when he allowed 12 runs in three innings, and days when he had a quality start (less than three earned runs in six innings as a starter), Kim had ups and downs. Kim returned to Korea after recording two wins, four losses and an earned run average of 9.87 in 10 games (10 starts).
He made his long-awaited debut in the first division in the 2021 season. Kim In-beom, who was registered as an official player on August 17, pitched three innings, one hit, one out, and no run in three innings at the game against the LG Twins in Jamsil on August 29. He played in two more games, allowing 2.1 innings of no run. The pitching itself was not bad at least.
In September 2021, Kim took part in the U-23 Baseball World Cup with the national flag on. At the time, Korea was in eighth place, but Kim In-beom only had a 1.75 ERA while throwing eight innings. He silently threw his own ball.
Since then, Kim has joined the Korean Armed Forces Sports Unit in May 2022. He has posted two wins and a 2.92 ERA in nine games in the 2022 season, and a 5.79 ERA in two saves and four holds in 30 games in the 2023 season. He was discharged from the military in November last year, 월카지노주소 and has continued his personal training.
Kim In-beom, who was also listed in the 2022 first-team spring camp, has another chance. There are many changes in the Kiwoom mound. Ahn Woo-jin left to solve military problems, and veteran Jung Chan-heon, who is undergoing rehabilitation after back surgery, and Won Jong-hyun, who is undergoing rehabilitation after elbow surgery, are also unknown when they will return.
Kim In-beom, who has experience in both starting and bullpen, should show his strengths to manager Hong Won-ki in the U.S. Kim In-bum, who had high expectations in 2022, had been hampered by shoulder pain.