For Raul Alcantara (31), the ‘glory moment’ was 2020, when he played in a Doosan Bears uniform.
Alcantara, who won the Korea Professional Baseball KBO League Golden Glove and Choi Dong-won Award that year, said, “It is the first time I have received such a big award while working as a professional.”
Alcantara, who had a difficult time with the Nippon Professional Baseball Hanshin Tigers for the past two years, has returned to Doosan.
Alcantara, which signed a contract with Doosan for a total of $900,000, arrived in Blacktown, Sydney, Australia on the 30th and met with Doosan colleagues and greeted new manager Lee Seung-yeop.
On this day, foreign hitter Jose Rojas and pitcher Dylan Pyle also came to Australia.
Doosan will hold a spring camp from February 1st.
Expectations are high for new faces such as Lohas and Pyle, but the return of Alcantara is more welcome.
Alcantara, a native of the Dominican Republic, debuted in the big leagues in 2016 with the Oakland Athletics of the American professional baseball league, but pitched in 13 games over two seasons (2016-2017) and recorded an average ERA of 7.19 with 2 wins and 5 losses.
Alcantara, who stayed only in the minor leagues in 2018, entered the KBO league by signing a contract with kt wiz in 2019.
In 2019, kt did not renew the contract with Alcantara, which had a mediocre record of 11-11 and an average ERA of 4.01.
Doosan recruited Alcantara in 2020, and Alcantara won the title with a record of 20 wins, 2 losses and an average ERA of 2.54, with the most wins and winning percentage (0.909).
At the time, Alcantara had no ups and downs. He filled 5 or more innings in all 31 games he appeared on the mound this year, and succeeded in Quality Start (6 or more innings, 3 earned runs or less) and Quality Start Plus (7 or more innings, 3 earned runs or less) 27 times and 13 times, respectively, and was ranked first in this category. climbed on top
Alcantara threw a fastball with an average speed of 153 km/h, the fastest in the KBO League in the 2020 season, and a slider and forkball that reached 140 km/h, suppressing the opponent with the pitch.
Life at Hanshin was not satisfactory.
In 2021 and 2022, Alcantara played as a bullpen at Hanshin and had an average ERA of 3.96 with 4 wins, 6 losses, 1 save and 23 holds in 63 games.
Doosan promoted the re-entry of Alcantara, which had parted ways with Hanshin, and Alcantara also chose to return to Korea.
The Doosan team said, “As a result of looking at Alcantara’s pitching and detailed data, we confirmed that he maintains the highest level of pitch and command in the KBO League.”
Last year, Doosan suffered a crack in the mound when Ariel Miranda, the MVP of the 2021 regular season, left the team due to an injury after playing only three games. 토토사이트
Foreign pitchers such as Robert Stark (9-10, 3.60 ERA) and Brand Waddell (5-3, 3.60 ERA) fell short of expectations.
The ‘Doosan Foreign Pitcher’s Golden Glove Award March’, which led to Josh Lindbler in 2018, Lindblom in 2019, Alcantara in 2020, and Miranda in 2021, has also stopped.
Last year, the pitcher Golden Glove was won by Ahn Woo-jin (Kiwoom Heroes).
Doosan, which advanced to the Korean Series for 7 consecutive seasons from 2015 to 2021, stayed in 9th place last year.
Alcantara, which is trying to regain its moment of glory, has joined Doosan in desperate need of a rebound.