‘Japanese Direct Confirmation’ Lee Seung-yeop, I’m serious about One-Two Punch… “It’s difficult if you don’t win at least 20”
“It’s difficult if two foreign one-two punches can’t win at least 20 games.”
Doosan Bears manager Lee Seung-yeop is waiting for the day to meet the new foreign one-two punch Raul Alcantara (31) and Dylan Pyle (27) to check their skills. This is because it is a key force that will be responsible for the first button of the dynasty reconstruction mission. Doosan acquired Alcantara for $900,000 and Dylan for $650,000 this year. If you simply convert the ransom to the expected value, it cannot be regarded as the top level in the league, but the club expects that the two pitchers will combine for more than 20 wins.
In a recent New Year’s interview with Spotify News at Jamsil Baseball Stadium, coach Lee said, “Last year, two foreign pitchers combined did not win 15 games (Robert Stark 9 wins, Brandon Waddell 5 wins). In fact, foreign pitchers account for a large portion of the team’s power. Because they are 2 out of 5 starting pitchers. In terms of percentage, it is about 40%, but in fact, they are responsible for more than 50% of the mound’s power. Just showing the true face of the two players seems to be a great addition to the power. With two foreign pitchers, at least 20 wins It’s difficult if you can’t do it. The two players have to persevere so that domestic starting pitchers Kwak Bin and Choi Won-joon can keep the rotation as they think.”
In the first year of his contract with Doosan in 2020, Alcantara was an ace who played a big role with 20 wins and 2 losses in 31 games, 198⅔ innings, an average ERA of 2.54, and 182 strikeouts. He experienced the peak of Korean professional baseball at Doosan and signed a contract with the Hanshin Tigers of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for 2 years and 4 million dollars. After stopping at 3.96, he failed to renew the contract.
Coach Lee even mobilized an acquaintance he knew while playing as a player in Japan to carefully check the condition of Alcantara. It is no exaggeration to say that he is a key player who will have to be the first starter again this year, and the performance of the first year of ‘novice coach’ Lee Seung-yeop was on Alcantara’s shoulders.
Director Lee said, “Alcantara played in Korea three years ago and had a very good record of 20 wins. I don’t know if it will be as it is or if it went to Japan and be broken, but I heard that there was no big problem from what the club reported.”
“When I asked an acquaintance in Japan, they said that there were no major injuries and that the pitch was good. The style of baseball in Japan is completely different, and Japan has no restrictions on foreign rosters in the second team, so if you are a little sluggish, you get off and put another player up. I don’t think I’ve been able to find stability in terms of my mind. I heard that Alcantara has a nice personality,” he added, adding that he expected that he would have suffered while experiencing Asian baseball, which was different from Korea. 먹튀검증
It is said that Alcantara showed a willingness to make a comeback in Korea by signing an amount that did not exceed 1 million dollars. Coach Lee said, “I want to give high marks to Alcantara for experiencing Asian baseball, from Korean baseball to Japanese baseball. Personally, I think (like when I experienced Japan) that Alcantara would have come stronger.”
Although Dylan is experiencing the Korean stage for the first time, he is expected to support Alcantara sufficiently as a second starter. Dylan was selected as the best control pitcher in the Milwaukee Brewers team in the US Major League in 2019, and ranked 6th in 2020 and 9th in 2021 in the team pitching prospect rankings. His career minor league record was 34-29 with a 4.04 earned run average in 102 games (90 starts). His fastball recorded a maximum speed of 152 km and an average speed of 148 km, and he used various breaking balls such as curve, slider, and changeup.
Director Lee said, “I saw Dylan in a video, but rather than overwhelm him with pitch, he has good control, good tempo, and good breaking balls. He is a player who can fight against opponents at our Jamsil Baseball Stadium.”
Doosan’s season plan was completely twisted as ace Ariel Miranda (34) left last year due to an injury right after the start of the season. It is not one or two reasons why the team finished in 9th place last year (60 wins, 82 losses, 2 draws), but it is clear that the decisive reason is Miranda. This year, the depth of the domestic starting lineup is not thick, so the share of Alcantara and Dylan is large. In order for coach Lee to lead the team to the semifinals at least, the new one-two punch must win more than 20 wins.