Correspondent Cho Eun-hye) Families mobilized to support SSG Landers’ new foreign pitcher, Kirk McCarty.
The SSG squad is preparing for the upcoming season 메이저사이트 by holding spring camp at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Florida, USA. The ‘new face’ McCarty is also sweating hard to quickly adapt to the new stage of the KBO League.
SSG, which broke up with Wilmer Font and Sean Morrimando, who were active last year, signed a contract with McCarty for a total of $775,000. Although his physique is not as big as expected, it is evaluated that his arm swings fast and he pitches aggressively, just like a taller player.
A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, McCarty joined the Cleveland Guardians in the 2017 seventh round with the 222nd overall pick. McCarty, who played as a starting pitcher in Triple A in 2021 and recorded 9 wins and 6 losses and an average ERA of 5.01 in 24 games and 124 innings that year, was called up to the big league for the first time last year and played 13 games, 37.2 innings, 4 wins and 3 losses, and an average ERA of 4.54. I left a score.
McCarty, whom I met at the campsite, said, “All the players welcomed me from the first day, so I felt really good.” “He conveyed the atmosphere.
His parents, father-in-law, mother-in-law, wife and 9-month-old daughter also visited Vero Beach to cheer McCarty on a new challenge as he headed into an unfamiliar league. The in-laws came from relatively nearby Tampa, Florida, but the parents, who live in Mississippi, had to drive 10 hours to cheer on their son.
Still, McCarty’s father looked at his son in training with satisfaction, saying, “I am very happy that my son is playing baseball in Korea as a member of SSG.” McCarty’s father-in-law also praised, saying, “We do not have a son, but only two daughters, so we consider McCarty our biological son. McCarty always works hard in everything.”
“It was my daughter’s first bullpen pitching experience,” McCarty said with a laugh. I am very excited about my new life. I am waiting for the season to start soon.”