Pittsburgh, which ‘deathly opposed’ Choi Ji-man (32) to participate in the World Baseball Classic (WBC), allows right-handed pitcher Roancie Contreras (24), who throws a 154km fastball, to participate in the WBC.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, an American Pittsburgh magazine, said on the 8th (Korean time), “Contreras will represent the Dominican Republic at the WBC one day after Choi Ji-man showed disappointment at the club as his participation in the WBC was canceled due to Pittsburgh’s opposition.” said.
Contreras, who joined the New York Yankees in 2016, wore a Pittsburgh uniform through a trade in January 2021. At the time, Pittsburgh sent right-hander Jameson Tyyon to the Yankees and received four players, including Contreras. 스포츠토토
Contreras is a player with an average speed of 96 mph (154 km) on his fastball. He was 96.4 miles in 2021 and 95.6 miles last year. Above all, his main weapon, the slider, boasted an ‘extreme’ last year with a batting average of .163 and batting average of .218. Here, he is grinding and polishing his changeup. “Contreras returned to his hometown offseason and spent time refining his changeup,” the media reported.
Contreras, who only played in one game in the major leagues in 2021, appeared in 21 games last year, of which 18 started. He played 95 innings and proved his potential for improvement with an average ERA of 3.79 with 5 wins and 5 losses.
As a result, Pittsburgh players include Contreras, David Bednar from the United States, and promising Tana Thomas from England.
On the same day, another Pittsburgh local magazine ‘Trip Live’ also reported this news, saying, “Contreras, who was recruited as one of Tyyon’s trade packages in 2021, is one of the best young pitchers.” I was prevented from playing for the Korean national team because I was recovering after undergoing surgery. Choi Ji-man said he was frustrated at being left out of the roster, “he also mentioned the news of Choi Ji-man’s cancellation.