Doosan Fireballer Kwak Bin (24)’s first adult national team promotion is attracting attention in Japan as well.
The Japanese media ‘The Digest’ reported on the 7th that “Korea’s Shohei Ohtani, who was chosen as the WBC (World Baseball Classic) representative, is eager to play against Japan’s Ohtani.”
The Digest said, “Unlike star players representing each 메이저놀이터 country, such as Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, and Ohtani, unknown players are a golden opportunity for the WBC next year to increase their name value. One of the players with extraordinary fighting spirit in challenging the big stars is Doosan pitcher Kwak Bin, who was selected for the Korean national team.”
Gwak Bin, who was called Ohtani during his Baemyeong High School days, finally came out of the egg last year in his 5th year as a pro. In the first half, the chronic search for the ball continued, but in the second half, 11 games, 5 wins, 2 losses, an average ERA of 2.98, showed a marked change and played the role of an ace. In particular, for two months from August to September, he boasted a sense of stability with an average ERA of 2.29 with an average ERA of 5 wins and 1 loss in 8 games by spraying four-seam fastballs with a maximum speed of 155 km, which became a control. Former coach Kim Tae-hyung praised Kwak-bin, saying, “The ball is the second best starting resource after Ahn Woo-jin.”
Kwak Bin suffered a minor shoulder injury at the end of the season. However, the will to board the WBC national team in March next year did not break. He was put in the recovery group from the finish camp and devoted himself to rehabilitation. He showed his greed to the reporters in Icheon, saying, “I want to participate in the WBC by working hard.” .
The Digest said, “Kwak Bin left behind a track record nationwide as a two-time hitter during high school. He introduced Kwak Bin, saying, “He chose a pitcher after entering the pro in 2018, but left sluggish results, such as winning 8 wins in 2022.”
“Gwak Bin’s main weapon is a four-seam fastball that can exceed 150 km/h. There are many views on the selection of the national team this time that it is a selection considering the future, but the player’s motivation is more than that,” he added.
The media showed interest in whether Bae Myung-go Ohtani and the real Ohtani would have a head-to-head match. The Digest said, “Kwak Bin is eager to face off against the role model he was compared to in high school. He pointed out another point to watch for the Korea-Japan match, saying, “The attention-grabbing confrontation between Korea and Japan will be held at the Tokyo Dome on March 10 next year.”