“Last year’s trials, rather motivation”… Moon Seung-won, who has become stronger, is aiming for the starting lineup
SSG Landers right-hander Moon Seung-won (34), who once played the role of an ace on the team and showed a decline due to injury, is aiming to re-enter the starting lineup after overcoming the ordeal.
Moon Seung-won, who was a fielder until he was in Baemyeong High School, turned to pitcher in his third year of high school, but was not nominated as a pro due to his lack of mound experience and went to Korea University.
Moon Seung-won, whose skills grew rapidly at Korea University, was nominated by the SK Wyverns (predecessor of SSG) as the 8th pick in the 1st round in the 2012 draft and began his professional life.
In the early days of his joining, he did not receive much attention, but in 2017 he became a full-time starter for the first time. In particular, 2018 was a very meaningful season for Moon Seung-won.
Along with Merrill Kelly, Angel Sanchez, Kim Gwang-hyeon, and Park Jong-hoon, he served as a starting lineup and recorded a respectable record of 8 wins, 9 losses, 1 save, and an ERA of 4.60. In the 6th game of the Korean Series against the Doosan Bears, he contributed to the team’s victory by winning a relief victory.
In 2019, with an ERA of 11-7 and an earned run average of 3.88, his first double-digit multiplier since his debut increased his status within the team. In 2020, he went 6-8, but continued his growth with the lowest earned run average (3.65) since his debut.
It was in 2021 that this flow was cut off. After the opening, he struggled with an average ERA of 2.86 with 2 wins and 2 losses in 9 games, but later suffered an elbow injury during the season and was on the operating table.
Struggling with his rehabilitation, he made a comeback against Samsung Lions on July 10 last year, 406 days after surgery. After that, he turned into a bullpen pitcher instead of a starter.
At the time, coach Kim tried to increase the bullpen power, which was the team’s weakness, with Moon Seung-won. However, it was also true that Moon Seung-won was pushed out of the competition with Wilmer Font, Kim Gwang-hyeon, Oh Won-seok, Lee Tae-yang, and Noh Kyung-eun.
From September, when the team was competing fiercely for first place with the LG Twins, he took on the finishing position. However, he became a losing pitcher on the 13th against the Lotte Giants by giving up 5 runs in the 9th inning, and on the 18th against the Doosan Bears he was sluggish with 4 runs in the 9th inning. Moon Seung-won, whose elbow pain came back, was eventually canceled from the first-team entry at the end of September.
Fortunately, he was not seriously ill, so he was included in the Korean Series entry, but his honor was not restored.
In the first game, he blocked 1⅓ innings perfectly, but the team lost and the light faded.
Moon Seung-won, who took the mound again in Game 5, gave up 1 run with 1 hit and 1 walk in 1 inning, failing to provide a sense of stability. Thanks to Kim Kang-min’s come-from-behind three runs at the end of the game, the previous pitchers’ runs were forgotten, but it was an unsatisfactory result for Moon Seung-won.
In the end, he was unable to pitch in Game 6, which confirmed the championship. The team won the Korean Series in four years, but it was a season that Moon Seung-won would have regrets in a corner of his heart.
Moon Seung-won, who took a break during the off-season and brushed off his elbow injury, is preparing for the season normally from this year’s spring camp. Director Kim Won-hyung classifies Moon Seung-won as a starting candidate and is preparing him.
On the 11th (local time)온라인바카라, Seung-Won Moon, who met with reporters at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Florida, USA, SSG’s field training ground, said, “Last year, I was in the bullpen, so I only threw about 30 pitches from practice. This year, I tried to find my senses quickly. I am increasing the number of pitches. I am not satisfied yet, but I am practicing.”
Moon Seung-won explained, “Experience as a bullpen pitcher was rather helpful. I learned the know-how through the experience of pitching in a situation different from the starting pitcher.”
If Seung-Won Moon receives coach Kim’s attention at this camp, he will be able to play a part in the domestic starting lineup along with Kwang-Hyun Kim, Jong-Hoon Park, and Won-Seok Oh.
He said, “Now the time to make something new is over. It is important to be able to throw accurately where you think.”
He added, “I don’t have a specific numerical goal set. In all areas, I want to record even one better record than last year,” adding, “I especially want to lower the average ERA.”