“Kim Ha-sung’s unexpected big leap, a presence that cannot be ignored.” SD unstable season, Awesome Kim comforted me

It was a performance that no one could have expected. Kim Ha-sung (28) of the San Diego Padres has become a player who has improved this season by the official website of the Major League Baseball (MLB).

MLB.com selected eight players who had a breakout season on Saturday (Korea time) who made unexpected leaps in the 2023 season. “They showed off their presence that cannot be ignored. I will remember their names in the future,” the media said.랭크카지노

Among the names of players who performed well this year, including Kyle Brady of the Baltimore Orioles, JP Crawford of the Seattle Mariners, Jordan Montgomery of the FA, and Louis Robert Jr. of the Chicago White Sox, Kim Ha-sung also stood shoulder to shoulder. This implies that he performed better than expected.

“Kim Ha-sung established himself as a key player in 2022 by showing a clean defense, but it was not known whether he would be able to play a big role this year with San Diego’s infield saturated by the recruitment of Xander Bogaerts in the offseason,” MLB.com said. “He played the most stable performance in an unstable season and an unstable team,” adding, “He won the Gold Glove and his on-base percentage rose 0.026. He also increased his stolen base by 12 by using the Major League’s new rules (increase in base size).”

Finally, the media mentioned Kim Ha-sung’s struggling appearance, saying, “Although San Diego had a disappointing season of 82-80, Kim Ha-sung was listed on the MVP ballot.”

It’s not just MLB.com ‘s idea that Kim Ha-sung had a remarkable breakout season. In late September, another media outlet, The Athletic, picked 20 people who made a big leap in the 2023 season and brought up Kim Ha-sung’s name. The Athletic said, “Who would have believed that Kim Ha-sung would have a higher WAR (contribution to victory over alternative players) than Manny Machado or Xander Bogaerts this year even during spring camp?”

Kim Ha-sung signed a four-year, $28 million guaranteed contract with San Diego ahead of the 2021 season and a $7 million mutual option in 2025. He recorded a batting average of 0.202 in 117 games in his first season since his debut, and appeared in 150 games last year as a key shortstop and showed his development to a batting average of 0.251 11 home runs, 59 RBIs, 12 steals, and an OPS of 0.708. This year, even though he moved to second base, which is an unfamiliar position, he posted a batting average of 0.260 with 17 homers, 60 RBIs, 84 runs, 38 steals, and an OPS of 0.749, in 152 games. In July, he had a “frenzy summer” with a batting average of 0.337, five home runs and an OPS of 0.999. Although he has been sluggish with a batting average of 0.176 since September due to injuries and slumps, and has failed to achieve the first 20 (homer)-20 (stealing) as an Asian infielder, he spent his career high season in homers, steals, and hits.

Kim Ha-sung showed an outstanding defense above average, scoring +7 in the game where he came out as second baseman in OAA (Outs Above Average, 0 is the average), the latest defense indicator through Statcast. In the end, he won the Gold Glove, which he missed last year’s shortstop position, in the utility category this year, which is the first time for a Korean and first time as an Asian infielder.

Kim Ha-sung’s value is also revealed in the “SaverMetrics.” He ranked eighth in the entire National League with a WAR (contribution to victory over substitute) of 5.8 on the baseball statistics site Baseball Reference. During the season, he once became the No. 1 fielder in the entire Major League. Kim Ha-sung also ranked 22nd in the National League with a WAR of 4.4 on another site, FanGraph. It can be said that he was evaluated as a starting player to an All-Star.

After winning the Gold Glove award, Kim Ha-sung said through his agency Summit Management, “First of all, I give glory to God. I am truly happy to win the Gold Glove that I have been looking forward to. First of all, I would like to thank the fans and baseball officials for their great interest and support throughout 2023. Thanks to you, I was able to play baseball as best I could every day.”

Kim Ha-sung then said, “More than anything else, I’m most happy to announce Korean baseball to the Major League and I think it’s a good motivation for Korean juniors who dream of the Major League,” and promised, “I’ll do my best to make Korean baseball shine even more.”

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