This season, NC professional baseball players hold a ‘photo studio photo shoot’ in the dugout when they hit a home run. The photographer is Peddie (30), a foreign pitcher wearing the NC uniform this year. Peddie takes a picture of the player who hit a home run with an instant camera and then attaches the picture to the photo board. Peddie, who purchased his equipment with his own money, carries his own camera and board even during visiting games. An NC official says, “Peddy’s energy is very helpful in team chemistry (fusion).”
Peddie on the mound is a player who is of greater help to the team. Peddie, who is considered the best pitcher in Korean professional baseball this season, is advancing toward becoming the first foreign pitcher to win the triple crown (most wins, ERA, and strikeouts), contributing to the team’s fight for the rankings.
Peddie started in Changwon’s home game against Kiwoom on the 5th and led the team to a 2-1 victory with 2 hits, 1 walk, and no runs in 7 innings. With his 17th win (6 losses), Fedi maintained his position as the leader in most wins. His earned run average also dropped to 2.28, making him the leader in this category. He also struck out 11 times, and with 160 strikeouts, he chased the leader in this category, Ahn Woo-jin (Kiwoom, 164), by 4. Since Ahn Woo-jin ended the season with an elbow injury, Peddie virtually reserved the top spot in strikeouts.
Among Korean professional baseball pitchers, there are only three players who have achieved the triple crown. Seon Dong-yeol achieved it four times (1986, 1989, 1990, 1991), and Ryu Hyun-jin (2006) and Yoon Seok-min (2011) each achieved it once.
Peddie, who was selected in the first round by Washington in the 2014 Major League Baseball (MLB) rookie draft, played as Washington’s fifth starter until last year. However, he was informed that his contract could not be extended after recording 6 wins, 13 losses and an ERA of 5.81 last season. His performance wasn’t good, but there were question marks about his durability, including his shoulders and wrists. NC dug into that gap. The Washington team announced its intention to recruit him just a few minutes after announcing its policy of not extending contracts.
After deciding to go to Korea, Peddie left Las Vegas, Nevada, where he originally lived, and moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, where he received help from a pitching academy. There, he strengthened his shoulders and wrists through systematic training and refined his throwing mechanics. He added a sweeper (a modified slider that bends a lot to the side) to the two-seam fastball and cut fastball that he had originally thrown well. His changeup, which did not have a high command rate, was also strengthened.
NC coach Kang In-kwon said, “All four pitches that Peddie throws are worthy of being decisive balls. “His fighting spirit on the mound is also the best among foreign players of all time,” he praised. He was the highest pitcher in MLB in a season with 133 and 1/3 innings (2021), and is already pitching 142 and 1/3 innings this year.
Now, whenever Peddie takes the mound, scouts from three to five MLB and Japanese professional baseball teams always appear at the stadium. An official familiar with the player transfer market said, “I don’t think there have been many cases like Peddie where so many clubs showed interest at the same time.” The Washington Post also showed interest by publishing an interview article with Peddie on the 4th. It is unusual for a leading American daily newspaper to highlight a player playing in Korean professional baseball during the peak of the season.토스카지노
Peddie is not thinking about ‘Stove League’ yet. He said, “I am focusing everything on the team’s advancement to the playoffs. “He will not be complacent and will do his best until the end of the season as he has done.”