One familiar name was missing from the list of the LG Twins’ 2024 Arizona spring camp. Veteran bullpen pitcher Kim Jin-sung (39) was absent.
He was Kim Jin-sung, who still showed his skills after coming to LG after being released from the NC Dinos. Kim Jin-sung, who pitched in 67 games in 2022, recorded 6 wins, 3 losses, 12 holds and an ERA of 3.10, became the first FA in his career and signed a two-year contract with LG for a total of 700 million won.
He also performed better in his first year as an FA. He pitched in a whopping 80 games, recording five wins, one loss, four saves, and 21 holds with an ERA of 2.18. Kim Jin-sung was the pitcher who pitched the most in this season. Kim Bum-soo (Hanwha) and Noh Kyung-eun (SSG), who tied for second, took the mound in 76 games, and took the mound in four more games.
He pitched the most and showed good performance. This means that he pitched well and managed his body well.
Kim Jin-sung, who blocked LG’s back door well by making four saves as one of the alternative finishes when Ko Woo-suk was missing, was simply a yard iron and all-weather.
Among LG’s bullpen pitchers, Kim Jin-sung was the first to be called by manager Yeom Kyung-yeop when the starter suddenly faced a crisis because he warmed up the fastest and had the best weapon called forkball.
Sometimes he came out in the fifth inning and took the mound in the sixth and seventh innings. As he came out in the ninth inning as a substitute, his contribution was amazing.
In the Korean Series as well, he pitched in the second and third games, and did his best by blocking the scoreless game. However, he had a bad side at this time.
And his side is still not completely healed. Even during the off-season, he came to Jamsil Stadium at 6 a.m. for weight training and sincerely prepared for the 2024 season, but it is not time to throw the ball yet.
He expected that training in warm Arizona would improve faster, but Kim Jin-sung made the opposite choice. 꽁머니환전
“Kim Jin-sung was excluded from the spring camp list because he wanted to. Kim Jin-sung first expressed his desire to build his body in Icheon,” said Cha Myung-seok, head of LG.
As he could not throw the ball right away, he might have judged that it would be more effective to train in Korea than in the U.S., which takes time to move and adjust to jet lag. He already had experience in the spring camp in Icheon in 2021.