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‘Monster rookie’ delayed start…7th chance for Hanwha trade ambitions, now it’s time to show something…

Hanwha’s highly touted rookie fireballer Kim Seo-hyun (19-Hanwha) has had his starting debut postponed. Hanwha announced Seo-hyun Kim as the starting pitcher against KT Suwon on Oct. 10, but the game was canceled due to the arrival of Typhoon Kanun.

Hanwha could have pushed back Kim’s start by a day, but instead opted for right-hander Han Seung-hyuk (30) to start against Doosan in Daejeon on the 11th. Han Seung-hyuk’s scheduled start date was preserved. Kim Seo-hyun will wait in the bullpen and prepare for his start next week.

Han Seung-hyuk took the loss against the Gwangju KIA on May 5, giving up four runs on six hits in three innings with four walks and three strikeouts. The next day, Hanwha manager Choi Won-ho said, “He pitched well last time (four innings and one run against SSG in Munhak on July 30), and yesterday was a little bad, so we’ll give him another look next time.”

Han Seung-hyuk, who came to Hanwha from KIA after last year’s season along with pitcher Jang Ji-soo as the opposite of big-hitting prospect Byun Woo-hyuk, was the first trade of Son Hyuk’s tenure. It was hoped that a change of scenery to bolster pitching depth would unleash his untapped potential at KIA.

However, he has fallen short of expectations with a 2-1 record and a 5.77 ERA in 20 games (34⅓ innings) this season. After struggling in relief early in the season, he was sent down to the second team in late April for a 35-day adjustment. After returning to the first team, he became the starter in mid-June. He stepped in as a replacement starter after Kim Min-woo’s shoulder injury and Jang Min-jae’s deterioration left a hole in the starting rotation.

He’s been in the rotation for two months now, but hasn’t made much of a mark. In six starts, he’s 1-0 with a 5.95 ERA. He’s given up four runs in two games, three in one, and held the other three to one run or less. When he’s good, he’s good, but as a starter, his innings pitches aren’t great.

His two four-inning outings are the most he’s thrown in a game, and his highest pitch count was 76 against KIA on April 5. Han Seung-hyuk’s outings have been followed by bullpen attrition. He needs to be a starter for at least five innings. Otherwise, he may have to give up his starting spot to Young Gun, a younger version of right-hander Nam Ji-min and left-hander Kim Ki-jung, who have been rotating in the starting rotation for the Futures.스포츠토토

It’s time for Han Seung-hyuk to show something in his seventh start against Doosan on Nov. 11. He’s pitched well against Doosan in all three games this year, throwing four innings of three-hit ball with four strikeouts and no walks. It will be interesting to see if he can repay the team’s faith in him after being given the opportunity to delay the start of a monster rookie.

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