The first matchup of “Futures League’s best hitter vs. 900 million-arm fireballer prospect” resulted in a 1-1 tie.

LG Twins’ “unique name” prospect Kim Bum-seok and Kiwoom Heroes’ 900 million-arm fireballer Jang Jae-young faced off for the first time in the Futures League.

Kim Bum-seok batted fourth and Jang Jae-young was the starting pitcher in the game between LG and Kiwoom at the Goyang National Baseball Training Center on March 30.

Up until that point, Kim had 안전놀이터 dominated the Futures League North with a .351 batting average (1st), .422 on-base percentage (2nd), .619 slugging percentage (1st), 1.041 OPS (1st), and six home runs (tied for 1st).

Jae-young Jang was also the best pitcher in the Futures League with three wins (tied for first) and a 1.53 ERA (first) in five games. Most importantly, Jang had been on a roll, reducing his four-pitch count from nine to four to two in his last three games.

The first at-bat ended with a win for Jang Jae-young. Jang got the leadoff hitter Seo Gun-chang to fly out to left field in the first inning, but gave up a walk to Ahn Ik-hoon and a single to Jung Ju-hyun. Kim Bum-seok came to the plate with runners on first and third. After a seven-pitch battle, Jang Jae-young struck out Kim Bum-seok on a wild pitch. He then got the next batter, Kim Sung-jin, to fly out to second base to keep the game scoreless.

Kim Bum-seok was perfect in his second at-bat. Kim Bum-seok led off the third inning. He took Jang Jae-young’s first pitch and hit a double to left-center field. The next two batters were retired on strikes, and Kim was unable to score.

That was the last time they faced each other for the day. Jang Jae-young handed the mound to right-hander Kim Sun-ki to start the fourth inning. Jang gave up one run on five hits in three innings. He threw a total of 56 pitches and had a strike rate of just 48.2%. His ERA rose slightly to 1.67.

Meanwhile, the Cats scored five runs in the first inning to take a 1-6 lead over LG.

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