As if playing a baseball game, Hyun-jin Ryu 토토 가입머니 즉시지급 (36, Toronto Blue Jays)’s blade control was still the same.
On the 16th (Korean time), Ryu Hyun-jin made his third rehabilitation appearance against the Toledo Bird Hens (Triple A under the Detroit Tigers) in the ‘2023 Minor League’ held at Sailon Field in Buffalo, New York, USA.
On this day, Ryu Hyun-jin stood on the Triple A mound, the gateway to the major leagues. There were several hitters with real major league experience and excellent prospects right before the call-up, so it was a good opponent to check the performance at the end of the rehabilitation.
Ryu Hyun-jin gave up a run at the beginning of the game with a solo home run, but afterwards showed off an impressive pitch by showing off a clean pitch. His final performance was 5 innings, 66 pitches, 3 hits (1 home run), no runs, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts and 1 run. The maximum velocity of the four-seam fastball (26 pitches) reached 89.8 miles per hour (approximately 144.5 km), and the cutter (15 pitches), changeup (13 pitches), and curveball (11 pitches) were also harmonized.
Last year, Ryu Hyun-jin underwent Tommy John surgery (reconstructive elbow ligament surgery) and was out of the season in June. After a long rehabilitation period, he entered the rookie league on the 5th and started his first appearance in 13 months. His performance is good as well as his results. On the 5th, he recorded 3 innings, 42 pitches, 4 hits, 4 runs, 5 strikeouts and 1 run.
The most notable thing is that he threw 12 innings in 3 games and did not walk a single time. Ryu Hyun-jin is a thoroughly skilled pitcher. He is the type to win with a bladed ball that attacks every corner of the strike zone rather than a powerful ball that overwhelms his opponent.
In that sense, Ryu Hyun-jin’s three consecutive no-four-pitch pitchings are of great significance. Of course, the level of the minor league is lower than that of the major league, but it can be seen that Ryu Hyun-jin is smoothly regaining his own competitiveness with his perfect body.
Meanwhile, Canadian local media ‘Sportsnet’ reported a positive atmosphere after Ryu Hyun-jin’s third rehabilitation appearance, saying, “Ryu Hyun-jin enjoyed a smooth rehabilitation appearance.” Reporter Keegan Matheson, who is in charge of Toronto on the official MLB.com website, also said, “Ryu Hyun-jin still needs to increase the number of pitches and raise them well in the final phase of rehabilitation, but he is getting closer to returning to Toronto.” It is said that it is only a matter of time before a healthy Ryu Hyun-jin returns to the big leagues.