Few players have as big a gap between offensive and defensive values as Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres).
The major leagues prefer players with strong bats. It is probably because of this if Kim Ha-seong is showing strong impact play but does not get the right price in the future contract extension or FA negotiations.
In the home game메이저사이트 against the Los Angeles Dodgers held at Petco Park on the 7th (hereinafter Korean time), Kim Ha-seong started as second baseman 7 times and recorded no hits in 4 at-bats. He struck out three times. He dropped his batting average from 0.227 to 0.218 (22 hits in 101 at-bats).
Kim Ha-seong, who scored 3 hits, 1 home run and 3 RBIs in 9 at-bats in 3 consecutive matches against the Cincinnati Reds on the 2nd and 4th, seemed to continue his feelings with 1 hit and 2 RBIs in 2 at-bats against the Dodgers on the 6th. However, he failed to prevent the team from losing by going silent again after one day. His 10-game on-base streak was also halted.
San Diego lost 1-2 with 5 key hitters including Kim Ha-seong, Manny Machado, Juan Soto, Matt Carpenter and Trent Grisham bowing their heads with no hits in 4 at-bats. In particular, Kim Ha-seong recorded the most 3 left bases among San Diego batters that day.
Kim Ha-seong entered the first plate at the bottom of the second inning when the score was 0-0 with 2 out and 1st base. However, he struck out looking for a 98.9 mph high sinker in a full-count battle with Dodgers fastball starter Dustin May. He sent 5 and 6 sinker strikes in a row with 3B1S’s favorable ball count.
He retired with a fly to right field with runner Jake Cronenworth on first base in the fifth inning, trailing 0–2. He hit May’s 95.5 mile sinker, but it missed and became a floating ball. In the 7th inning, he struck out on a swing by a cutter in the middle of first baseman Caleb Ferguson with one out and first baseman, and in the ninth inning, the first baseman with one out and first baser also missed the bat to finisher Evan Phillips’ 96.3 mph inside sinker.
Due to the silence on this day, Kim Ha-seong’s batting average fell to the lowest among the six players in the team who exceeded the required number of at-bats. When looking at the top 9 players by position, it is only higher than catcher Austin Nola (0.155). Fernando Tatis Jr., who returned from disciplinary action on the 21st of last month, also perfectly adapted with a batting average of 0.297 (19 hits in 64 at-bats), 4 home runs, 10 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.859.
Looking at the batting averages of the other starters, shortstop Zander Bogaerts is 0.282 (35-for-124), first baseman Cronenworth is 0.243 (28-for-115), third baseman Machado is 0.238 (30-for-126), and center fielder Grisham is 0.223 (25-for-112). ), left fielder Soto 0.220 (26 hits in 118 at-bats), and designated hitter Carpenter 0.221 (15 hits in 68 at-bats). Most batting averages are ‘high and low’, and Kim Ha-seong is in last place.
Ha-seong Kim was the ‘Runner Up (runner-up)’ in the shortstop category of the National League (NL) Gold Glove last year. With the acquisition of Bogatz, he changed his position to second base this season, but his stability and hustle play are still the same.
His performance is revealed in the main defensive indicators in the sabermetrics. According to Fangraphs, Kim Ha-seong’s UZR (Ultimate Zone Ratings) is 0.4, ranking 7th among 30 teams’ starting second basemen, and DRS (Defensive Runs Saved) is 1st with 6. In addition, his WAR, which only counts defense, is 2.3, which is 26th overall, 2nd on the team, and 3rd among all second basemen. In other words, Ha-seong Kim’s contribution to the team through defense is the highest in the major leagues.
However, his offensive WAR is 0.7, 96th overall, 5th on the team, and 15th among all second basemen. There is a big difference in airborne indicators. No one disputes Kim Ha-sung’s defensive skills. However, there are many who tilt their heads when it comes to his attack power. On the 2nd, against Cincinnati, he hit a come-from-behind 3-run home run in the 5th inning, demonstrating his presence, and there are many lethargic days like this day.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers scored the winning run with Chris Taylor’s left-handed two-run home run in the top of the fourth inning when the score was 0-0. San Diego barely escaped the loss with Tatis Jr.’s double in the bottom of the 8th inning.
San Diego, which recorded 18-16, maintained 3rd place in the NL West, but the lead against the leading Dodgers (20-14) took two games.