SSG Kim Kwang-hyun’s brilliant April… ERA, WHIP, and P OPS ‘top the 1st place’

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April of Kim Kwang-hyun (34, SSG Landers) was very splendid.

Kim Kwang-hyeon, who could not return to the major leagues of American professional baseball because of ‘situation’ rather than skill, relieved his disappointment by continuing to pitch overwhelmingly in the KBO.

Kim Gwang-hyeon started in the visiting match against the Lotte Giants in professional baseball held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 27th and blocked 6 innings with 2 hits and 1 run (visa fault).

Lotte starter Park Se-woong (6 innings, 7 hits and 1 run) also played hard and did not get a 1-1 draw, but Kim Kwang-hyun, who threw 25 innings this season, surpassed the stipulated innings (22 innings) and was named in the ‘official ranking’. .

Kim Kwang-hyun, who signed a contract with SSG on March 8 due to the lengthy lockout in the major leagues in the United States, started the 2022 season with some spare time, and put a ‘limited number of pitches’ at the beginning of the season.

He filled the regulation innings a little late, but his results were very spectacular.

Kim Kwang-hyeon appeared in 4 games until the 27th and posted an ERA of 3 wins and a 0.36 ERA (10 hits, 2 runs and 1 earned run in 25 innings).

As soon as he filled the prescribed innings, he overcame Charlie Barnes (0.54, Lotte) in the ERA category and took first place.

In April of this year, Kim Kwang-hyeon was the best pitcher in the KBO League, conceding runs and holding down on base.

Kim Kwang-hyun is in first place with an on-base allowable per inning (WHIP) of 0.60, an batting average of 0.015, an on-base percentage of 0.163, a slugging percentage of 0.195, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.358.

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He appeared four times and achieved quality starts (more than 6 innings, 3 runs or less), and this division is tied for third place behind Yang Hyun-jong (KIA Tigers) and David Buchanan (Samsung Lions, more than 5 times).

In the KBO League’s official statistics company, Sports to Eye, in the WAR calculated by substitute players, he tied for third place with a score of 1.26.

The 1st in pitcher WAR is Dru Luchinsky (1.47, NC Dinos), and the 2nd is Barnes (1.33). Wilmer Font (SSG) tied for third place with Kim Kwang-hyun with 1.26.

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Kim Kwang-hyun was excluded from the ‘official ranking’ of percentage records such as ERA and WHIP because the team did not meet the regulation innings when the team played the 26th game.

The maximum number of games SSG can play in April is 25, so Kim Kwang-hyun’s ‘April performance’ with 25 innings is recognized as an official record.

If Barnes, who starts on the 28th, does not throw a scoreless pitch, Kim Kwang-hyun can take the first place in the ERA in April.

Kim Kwang-hyun, 'Struggle for victory'

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It is the first time in 12 years since 2010 that Kim Kwang-hyun scored an ERA of 0 in the KBO League in March or April.

Kim Kwang-hyun posted an ERA of 0.29 (30⅔ innings, 16 hits, two runs and one earned run) in five games, including one relief appearance in 2010.

Although he is in his mid-30s, in 2022, Kim Kwang-hyun is performing comparable to 2010.

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SSG coach Kim Won-hyung, as well as opponents such as batting king Lee Jeong-hoo (Kiwoom) in 2021, said, “Kim Kwang-hyun throws a better ball than before he entered the US.”

The keyword for Kim Kwang-hyun’s success is ‘completion of the four pitches’.

Kim Kwang-hyun, who was full of energy in his early 20s, overcame his opponents with his fastball and slider.

However, as the KBO League hitters got used to Kim Kwang-hyun’s pitching and increased his strength, Kim Kwang-hyun also tried to change.

Kim Kwang-hyun, who had the effect of a slider flowing outward from a left-handed batter, wanted a change ball that aimed outside the right-handed batter.

Ahead of the 2019 season, Kim Gwang-hyun said, “Until 2018, my fastball and slider ratio were about 45% each. The other change-ball ratios were less than 10%.” You also need a slow ball that is distinct. That pitch curves.”

Kim Kwang-hyun has achieved some of his goals in 2019. His pitching rate in 2019 was 39.1% for fastballs, 37% for sliders, 14.5% for changeups, and 9.4% for curves.

Kim Kwang-hyun, who entered the major leagues in 2020, wore a St. Louis Cardinals uniform and maintained a changeup and curveball rate of around 20%.

According to Brooks Baseball, Kim Kwang-hyun’s changeup rate in 2020 was 8.48% and his curveball was 11.26%.

In 2021, the proportion of changeup was increased to 11.72%, and the rate of use of curves was reduced to 8.91%.

Kim Kwang-hyun, 'Struggle for victory'

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Kim Kwang-hyun played in 35 games (28 starts) in the major leagues for two seasons, with a 2.97 ERA with 10 wins, 7 losses and 1 save.

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He is a pitcher who can secure a starting spot even if he goes to the big league right now.

Kim Kwang-hyun, who became a free agent (FA) in the major leagues after the 2021 season, chose to return to SSG rather than remain in the big leagues as the lockout period became longer.

Returning to the Korean stage, Kim Kwang-hyun had a pitch distribution ratio of 39.8% for slider, 35.3% for fastball, 18.3% for changeup, and 6.5% for curve in 4 games.

By making the changeup and curve a ‘complete pitch’, Kim Kwang-hyun became the perfect ‘pop-pitch pitcher’.

In 2022, Kim Gwang-hyun ‘controls speed’ with a fastball with a maximum speed of 150 km/h and a curve with a speed of 110 km/h, and stabs the left and right corners with a slider and changeup. He also uses the height of the ball.

When looking back on Kim Kwang-hyun’s baseball life later, 2022 may be remembered as his heyday.

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