Korea’s ‘rebuilding national team’ was blocked by a wall of Taiwan’s top prospects.
Korea lost 0-4 in the baseball Group B group match of the ‘2022 Hangzhou Asian Games’ held at the first baseball stadium of Shaoxing Baseball-Softball Center in Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China on the 2nd. Taiwan’s starting pitcher Lin Yu-min was unable to create any opportunities. Although the decision in the second inning with a chance to tie the game was disappointing, it was clear that the batters did not use their strength.안전놀이터
Lin Yu-min, who was Taiwan’s starting pitcher that day, was not an opponent that could be ignored as a Taiwanese player or a minor leaguer.
Although he is a young player who was born in 2003 and has just turned 20, his potential is one of the best in the United States. MLB Pipeline ranked Lin Yumin 4th in the Arizona Diamondbacks prospect rankings. 1st place Jordan Laura is a shortstop, 2nd place Drew Jones is an outfielder, and 3rd place Tommy Troy is a shortstop. The ‘top 3’ are all fielders. This means that Lin Yumin is the No. 1 prospect in Arizona’s starting lineup.
Korea only managed 4 hits in 6 innings against this top prospect. He struck out 6 times.
Reporter Seo Bo-seon of Taiwanese media, who is very interested in Korean baseball and reads articles on portal sites, said, “Korea has a lot of left-handed hitters, so it would have been difficult to deal with Lin Yu-min,” and explained, “Lin Yu-min’s slider is almost random.”
Coach Ryu Joong-il acknowledged Lin Yu-min’s good pitching after the game. He said, “First of all, we were unable to target the opposing pitchers. We did a lot of research, but there is a difference between seeing it in pictures (videos) and actually seeing it. It’s really nice to see. “The ball was fast too,” he said.
Lin Yumin, who already has extensive experience in international competitions for each age group, threw the ball confidently against Korea. He consistently put out runners until the 4th inning, but there was no major shaky inning.
With one out in the second inning, Korea had a good opportunity with Yoon Dong-hee’s double and Park Seong-han’s ball hitting the body. However, Kim Hyung-jun only hit a ground ball to the third baseman, and Kim Seong-yoon hit a ground ball to the first baseman and tried his best to slide headfirst, but was ruled out.
In the 3rd and 4th innings, a runner went out with one out, but it did not lead to an opportunity. Lin Yumin’s pitching was that strong. Korean batters have suffered three consecutive defeats against Taiwan since the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang tournament, and have continued to record 23 consecutive scoreless innings.