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[OSEN=이후광 기자] There is only one left until the dream 20 hold. Naturally, the dream of challenging the rookie of the year is gradually becoming a reality.
Cheol-won Jeong (23, Doosan) made a relief appearance in the 14th game of the season against Kiwoom of the 2022 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 22nd and took the 19th hold of the season with 1⅔ innings, 1 hit, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts. He was a valuable save that supported the team’s 5-2 victory.
Cheol-Won Jeong was on the mound as the third pitcher of the team with 1 company and 2 bases in the 6th inning leading 4-2. The replacement worked. He quickly settled the crisis by striking out Kim Hwi-jip and Kim Jun-wan in succession using a fastball and slider along with the uphill. After that, he hit Lee Jung-hoo in the 7th inning, which led 5-2, and Kim Tae-jin walked on base and was forced into a situation of 2 companies 1st and 2nd, but he successfully completed the mission by holding Lee Joo-hyeong with a ground ball. In the 8th inning, he passed the mound to Kang-ryul Kim with 40 pitches.
Chul-Won Jeong, who was responsible for five outs at an urgent moment, dropped his ERA from 3.02 to 2.94. It was the first time in five days since the Incheon SSG match on the 17th. And by winning the 19th hold of the season, there is only one left until the dream rookie 20 hold.
Jeong Cheol-won, who was selected as the 20th pick in the second round of the 2018 Doosan 2nd Round, has finally stepped on the first team stage this year, four years after joining the army after fulfilling his military service as an active duty soldier. And with his first-team debut on May 6, in spite of his four-year hiatus, he took the place of set-up man at once. Under any circumstances, he earned the trust of coach Kim Tae-hyung by throwing a 150km-long fastball in the center. Cheol-Won Jeong is participating in the Rookie of the Year race with a record of 53 games, 4 wins, 3 losses, 3 saves, 19 holds and a 2.94 ERA.
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Usually, the fastest way to win the Rookie of the Year is to win a title. If you rank first in the league or first in history in a specific record, your chances of winning increase. Conversely, if there is no outstanding record, it is possible to target the votes by combining an even index and a team victory.
Cheol-Won Jeong is currently in the ninth place. He is also a relatively disadvantaged bullpen pitcher in the Rookie of the Year competition. In the end, he had to win a conspicuous title, but he took on the role of a closure for a while due to Hong Gun-hee’s phlegm last month, and had a hard time building the most outstanding hold in his record.
However, the story changed when Jeong Cheol-won returned the set-up man and harvested the 19th hold. This is because, in 2007, Lim Tae-hoon (Doosan) held the most KBO rookie holds (20) by one difference.
Current major competitor Kim In-hwan (Hanwha) has 103 games batting average of 20.06 6-ri, 15 homers and 50 RBIs, Kim Hyun-joon (Samsung) has 107 games with a batting average of 2.7 percent, 19 RBI, and Hwang Seong-bin (Lotte) is 95 games with a batting average of 30%. He is hitting 16 RBIs with one home run and one home run. If Jeong Cheol-won achieves 20 holds, the symbol of a top-notch rookie bullpen pitcher, it is a composition that can be competitive enough.
Doosan has 14 games remaining until the end of the season. Jeong Cheol-won continues to be called by director Kim at important moments. If he sets a new record for the most rookie holds beyond 20 holds, his chance of winning the rookie of the year is expected to increase.
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