Kim Ha-seong (28) was selected as the player who showed the greatest growth for the San Diego Padres this season.
On the 14th (Korean time), Major League Baseball’s official website ‘MLB.com’ selected one player from each of the 30 clubs who has made the greatest improvement. In San Diego, there was no doubt that it was Kim Ha-seong.
MLB.com said, ‘You probably know that Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta Braves) and Mookie Betts (LA Dodgers) are engaged in a fierce competition for MVP. You may also know that Matt Olson (Atlanta) and Freddie Freeman (Dodgers) are following closely behind. But do you know who is ranked 5th in WAR (based on Baseball Reference) in the National League (NL)?’ he said, introducing Ha-seong Kim.
Based on the NL, Kim Ha-seong (5.7) is ranked 5th in WAR rankings, following Betts (8.1), Acuña (7.6), Olson (6.4), and Freeman (6.2). Betts, Acuña, Olson, and Freeman are all superstars representing the league as strong MVP candidates, so it is surprising that Ha-Seong Kim is ranked next to them.
MLB.com said, ‘One of the few things that San Diego, which has been performing poorly this season, is Kim Ha-seong. Ha-Seong Kim, who has an on-base percentage of .358 and 35 stolen bases, ranked second in the number of pitches per at-bat, and has grown into an elite leadoff player.’
He continued, ‘Defensively, there is no better player in San Diego than Kim Ha-seong. This season, he praised, saying, “He played not only as second baseman, but also wherever the team needed him, including third base and shortstop whenever his teammates were injured.”
Ha-seong Kim was silent against the Dodgers on this day with no hits in 4 at-bats and 3 strikeouts, dropping his season batting average to .268 (132 hits in 492 at-bats) and OPS to .771. There is a clear decline in batting, with a batting average of .178 (8 hits in 45 at-bats) and an OPS of .423 in 11 games in September, but there is a record that has been built throughout the season. The local media’s positive evaluation of him has not changed either.
Meanwhile, in addition to Ha-seong Kim, second baseman/left fielder Davis Schneider (Toronto Blue Jays), shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. (Kansas City Royals), center fielder Louis Robert Jr. (Chicago White Sox), pitcher Bryce Elder (Atlanta), shortstop CJ Abrams (Washington Nationals), Pitcher Justin Steele (Chicago Cubs) and pitcher Ryan Peppiot (Dodgers) were selected as the players with the most improved skills for each team.
Abrams, a promising player who competed with Ha-seong Kim for the starting shortstop position at the beginning of last year’s season, also began to show his potential when he went to Washington. Abrams, who moved to Washington at the trade deadline in early August last year, has a batting average of .248 (123 hits in 495 at bats), 18 home runs, 57 RBIs, and 41 stolen bases in 135 games this year, with an OPS of .726. 스포츠토토
MLB.com said, ‘Abrams is showing growth in all areas in his first full season in the Major League. Washington coach Dave Martinez praised his defensive development as a result of his dedicated routine, and added, “After moving to leadoff, he has been shining with 11 home runs and a slugging percentage of over .450. He evaluated, “He is also a threat on base running with 41 stolen bases.”