“It seems that he has somewhat adapted to the Gocheok Dome environment.”
Ariel Furido (27) is a foreign pitcher recruited by Kiwoom Heroes by betting $1 million, the upper limit for foreign players in the first year of the KBO League.
It was evaluated that it had a stable control while throwing fast balls in the early and mid-150 km. It was evaluated that he was aggressive enough to record 1.8 walks per 9 innings in the minor leagues and 2.7 in the major leagues, respectively, while attacking the strike zone well.
Furado, who showed good form in the spring camp, took the mound in an exhibition game against the KIA Tigers held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 16th. It is the second appearance at Gocheok Dome Stadium after appearing in a practice game against the Doosan Bears on the 10th. At that time, Hurado threw 26 pitches in 2 innings, giving up 1 hit and 1 strikeout.
In the match against KIA, he increased the number of his pitches a little more. He threw a total of 59 pitches and digested 3 innings with 4 hits, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts and no runs. His control, which was considered his strong point in the beginning, was a bit shaky, but he soon found stability.
He had a four-seam fastball with a top velocity of 151 km/h. He threw the most with 20 two-seams that reached up to 149km, and mixed four-seams (17), cutters (9), curves (6), changeups (4), and sliders (2).
If Hurado does his part, Kiwoom will have a clear ‘1st, 2nd, 3rd selection’ leading to Ahn Woo-jin – Eric Yokishi – Hurado. It is also the most necessary piece as we run towards the top.
Kiwoom coach Hong Won-ki praised, “I think I’m learning how to throw various types of pitches and compete with KBO hitters. Following the last game, I’m calmly building my condition according to the regular league.”
Hurado expressed his feelings,안전놀이터 “For the first time, I was happy to throw the ball in front of Kiwoom’s fans. As each day passes, my condition is improving and my pitch is also improving.”
The reason he threw the most two-seam was the level of inspection. He said, “I focused on checking two-seam. It is encouraging that there were several misses on two-seam.
Dome stadium inspections are also going smoothly. He said, “It seems that I have somewhat adapted to the Gocheok Dome mound and environment. Personally, when I play in the Dome Stadium, I feel closer to the batter and I think my concentration is better.”
Hurado promised to play an active role this season, saying, “I will improve my condition while maintaining a healthy condition until my first appearance in the regular season.”