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Hanwha Joo Hyun-sang, who became the ‘bullpen Ryu Hyun-jin

he Hanwha Eagles of professional baseball strengthened their starting and batting lineup ahead of this season.

Ryu Hyun-jin, who returned from the Major League Baseball (MLB), joined as the first starter, and top infielder Ahn Chi-hong joined, creating a focal point for the mound and batting lineup.

On the other hand, question marks still remained in the bullpen.

Hanwha ranked 7th out of 10 clubs last season with a bullpen ERA of 4.38.

As Hanwha failed to strengthen its power in any significant way, the 'back door problem' was considered Hanwha's weakness.

When I opened the lid, Hanwha's back door was not light.

Hanwha recorded a bullpen average ERA of 3.43 in six games since the opening until the 29th. It ranks 3rd overall.

At the center of the bullpen is Hyeonsang Joo (31).

Joo Hyun-sang pitched without allowing a run in all four games he pitched this season, including against the LG Twins on the 24th, against SSG Landers on the 26th and 27th, and against KT Wiz on the 29th.

And on the 30th, in a home game against KT held at Daejeon Hanwha Life Eagles Park with a 6-3 lead, he came on as a relief pitcher in the top of the 6th inning with one out and runners on first and second base, striking out Seong-Woo Jang and catching Sang-Soo Kim with a fly ball to right field to put out the fire.

He appeared on the mound in the 7th inning and continued his scoreless streak, playing a critical role in the team's 8-5 victory.

Joo Hyun-sang was a player who was evaluated as lacking in strength just a few years ago.

Joo Hyeon-hyeon, who joined Hanwha through the 2014 rookie draft, made his professional debut as an infielder.

Joo Hyun-sang, a college graduate, showed great performance by appearing in 103 games as an infielder in 2015, but lost his position in the competition for the starting position in the 2016 season and immediately enlisted.

Even after his discharge, there was no light to be seen.

When he returned to Hanwha in August 2019, the Keystone duo was dominated by Ha Joo-seok and Jeong Eun-won.

Joo Hyun-sang risked his career as a player and took on the challenge. He turned into a pitcher, something he had experienced while attending Cheong High School.

His chances of success did not seem great. Because he had a history of elbow surgery, which was rare for a fielder, people around him looked at him pessimistically.

At a time when his pitching training should have been in full swing, he was faced with the problem of spreading the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19).

ut Joo Hyeon-sang did not give up. He could have converted to an infielder, but Joo Sang-hyeon committed his life to his position as a pitcher.

Joo Hyun-sang began to shine in 2021, and showed outstanding performance with 2 wins, 2 losses, 12 holds, and an ERA of 1.96 in 55 games last year.

His velocity wasn't fast, and he didn't throw a variety of breaking balls, but he carved out a new life for himself based on his sharp control.

He showed further growth this year by sharpening his main weapon, his changeup.

In the KT game on the 30th, he silenced the opponent's batting line with only fastballs (10) and changeups (10).

Joo Hyun-sang, who met with reporters after the game that day, said, "I have mainly thrown changeups to left-handed batters, but as I gained confidence, I am now using them to right-handed batters as well." He added, "I try to throw the ball by pulling my arm swing forward a little more, and this process has a good effect on the changeup movement. “I gave it,” he said.

When asked, “What would his life have been like if he hadn’t turned into a pitcher?” Joo Hyeon-sang laughed and said, “I’d probably be doing something other than baseball.”

“I was conf


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