‘Only Ohtani above me’ Kim Ha-seong, National League WAR 1st place… Acuna Junior has surpassed

San Diego Padres Kim Ha-seong (28) has risen to the top of the national league as the player with the highest contribution to victory. 

On the 26th (Korean time), Ha-seong Kim started as second baseman in the match against the Pittsburgh Pirates held at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA, and recorded 2 hits and 1 steal in 5 at-bats.

Kim Ha-seong, who is in his third year in the major league this year, is batting hard with a batting average of 3.54 (17 hits in 48 at-bats), 4 homers, 6 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.092 in 12 games in the second half. In terms of season performance, he is cruising toward a career high with a batting average of .272 (88 hits in 323 bats), 14 homers, 37 RBIs, and an OPS of .810 in 97 games. 

Kim Ha-seong, who changed his position from shortstop to second baseman when San Diego recruited Xander Bogarts, continues to show the best defense in the major leagues at second base. According to Baseball Savant, an official major league statistics site, Kim Ha-seong is ranked 6th (9) overall in the major leagues in OAA (Outs Above Average), one of the defensive indicators. 

As he plays a big role in karate, the evaluation of Kim Ha-seong is gradually rising. Recently, in the bWAR (baseball reference standard based on substitution players’ contribution to victory) provided by Baseball Reference, a baseball statistics site in the United States, it has begun to compete for first place in the National League.

Ha-seong Kim, who played an active role in multi-hits that day, finally beat Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta, 5.0) and took first place in WAR (5.1) in the National League. In the rankings under Kim Ha-seong, prominent stars such as Acuna Jr., Freddie Freeman (Dodgers, 4.6), Corey Seager (Texas, 4.6), Mookie Betts (Dodgers, 4.3), Matt Chapman (Toronto, 4.3), Gerrit Cole (Yankees, 4.2), etc. are plentiful 

Ha-seong Kim ranks second even if the standard is expanded to the entire major league. Currently, the only player with a higher WAR than Kim Ha-seong is Ohtani Shohei (Angels, 6.9), a two-time hitter. Ohtani’s WAR as a hitter is 4.6, which is lower than Ha-seong Kim’s, but as a pitcher, his WAR is 2.3, so his overall WAR is higher than Ha-seong Kim’s. 스포츠토토

It is important for Kim Ha-seong, who is making the best season ever, to consistently show good form in batting to keep the current WAR ranking. Unlike his defense, which has always been good without ups and downs since his major league debut, his hitting is a career high this year. Moreover, in the second half, the hitting feeling is better than ever. If the current sense of hitting begins to cool down, the WAR ranking will inevitably decline. 

However, even if it is difficult to maintain his current performance, it is difficult to deny that Kim Ha-seong is producing the best season among Korean major league players. Fans are looking forward to how Kim Ha-seong, who is having an all-time season that can go down in Korean baseball history, will finish the season. 

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