Ohtani’s main weapon, ‘Sweeper’ Ahn Woo-jin, “It’s still not going well”

Sweeper is a breaking ball that has recently become a hot topic in Major League Baseball (MLB).

Sweeper, a type of deformable slider, is so curved horizontally that it is like sweeping home plate, hence the name.

The stage where the sweeper stood out the most was the World Baseball Classic (WBC), which ended last month.

In the final match of the tournament, Japan’s Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels) struck out Mike Trout (Angels), the last hitter from the United States, on a swing to win the championship.

Starting this season, MLB classifies the sweeper as a new pitch and counts it, and Ohtani fills more than half of his pitches with this pitch.

Ace Ahn Woo-jin (Kiwoom Heroes), who represents the KBO league, also joined the ‘sweeper craze’.

After the match against the Doosan Bears in Jamsil on the 13th, Ahn Woo-jin said, “I’m practicing because I want to throw like that after seeing the sweeper these days, but it’s not going well.”

Ahn Woo-jin, who throws a fastball that reaches a maximum speed of 160 km/h, is also the best in the league in his ability to use the slider, curve, and changeup.

An Woo-jin explained, “These days, pitchers talk about sweepers. My teammate Eric Yokishi also recommends me to throw, and the hyungs who like Ohtani teach me a lot about grips and things like that, so I practice.”

The method of throwing a sweeper is different from a normal slider, from grip to rotation.

According to Ahn Woo-jin’s explanation,메이저사이트 you should hold the slider grip and throw it as if you were scratching the ball in front of you as if you were throwing a curveball.

He said, “Still, when I throw it, it doesn’t bend to the side, but falls down.”

NC Dinos Eric Peddy, who had a starter match against An Woo-jin in Changwon on the 7th, is currently the best sweeper player in the KBO League.

At that time, Ahn Woo-jin became the losing pitcher with 12 strikeouts and 1 run in 7 innings, and Peddy became the winning pitcher with 10 strikeouts and no runs in 8 innings by sweeping Kiwoom’s batting line with a sweeper.

Ahn Woo-jin expected, “If I have a chance to meet Peddy next time, I will have a chance to ask (how to throw a sweeper).”

When asked if he often referred to Ohtani’s pitching video, he said, “I know I can’t throw that much, so I don’t watch it a lot.”

In fact, Ahn Woo-jin does not need a sweeper.

He overwhelms batters with just the weapon he has now.

Throwing 19 innings in three games this season, he struck out 29 and gave up just one run, cruising with an ERA of 0.47.

Ahn Woo-jin said, “I still divide the slider into two types and throw it. Even with the same slider, if the speed and angle are different, the opposing batter will think of it as a different ball, so I try to change it.”

The forkball is a secret weapon that Ahn Woo-jin knows how to throw but hides it.

He explained, “It would be easier to strike out if I threw a forkball, but I don’t throw it because my hands are sore.”

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