South Korea is the defending champion in Olympic baseball. Also, it looks like the team is getting younger. According to a recent report, they added a teen pitcher to the Olympic roster. It came after an infielder removed himself from the squad after breaking coronavirus protocols.
The Korea Baseball Organization announced that Kim Jin-uk would be the 11th pitcher on the South Korea Olympic team. The 19-year-old was the first overall pick in the 2020 draft. Also, he has a 2-5 record with an ERA of 8.07 in 29 frames during his rookie year.
According to national baseball team betting fans, Kim struck out 26 batters. However, he walked 27. Also, he committed nine wild pitches. Kim started the season in the rotation. However, the Lotte Giants moved him to the bullpen after losing three of the first four starts. During that period, he allowed 21 earned runs on 17 walks and 17 hits. As a reliever for Lotte Giants, he held the opposition to five earned runs in 11 2/3 innings.
Teen Pitcher in the Olympic Roster
People who bet on sports learned that Kim is the third left-hander on the national team. He joins LG Twin’s Cha Woo-chan and Kia Tigers’ Lee Eui-lee.
According to betting odds experts, Park Min-woo of NC Dinos removed himself from the Olympic roster. Park’s decision came after he violated social distancing rules during private gatherings with teammates.
Park and three other NC Dinos players met in a hotel room in Seoul. Park was fully vaccinated and was the only one who came out of the meeting with a negative COVID-19 test. However, the other Dinos and two guests tested positive for the virus.
The infections among NC Dinos players and two cases from the Doosan Bears made the KBO suspend the regular season. However, adding Kim to the roster added more depth to the team’s pitching.