He was the best versatile player in the San Diego Padres.”
Kim Ha-seong (28), who had his best season in his third year in the big leagues, received rave reviews.
MLB.com, the official Major League Baseball website, evaluated San Diego’s 2023 season on the 6th (Korean time) and praised Ha-seong Kim as the player who has made the best progress.
The media said, “Ha-seong Kim was a player who brought 5 more wins (in terms of WAR). Considering the superstars in San Diego’s lineup, Ha-seong Kim’s performance should have been the culmination of his powerful offense.” In other words, it means that San Diego would have achieved better results if Kim Ha-seong performed better than expected and star players such as Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, Juan Soto, and Xander Bogaerts lived up to their names.
The media continued, “It can be said that Ha-seong Kim was the best versatile player in San Diego. He played second base, shortstop, and third base and was a plus in defense.” Ha-seong Kim played the leadoff position excellently for four months, and suffered a slump at the end. Despite this, he finished the season with a batting slash line of 0.260/0.351/0.398.”
Kim Ha-seong, who is in his third year in the major leagues, played in 152 games this season and recorded a batting average of 0.260 (140 hits in 538 at-bats), 17 home runs, 60 RBIs, 84 runs, 38 stolen bases, and an OPS of 0.749, achieving career highs in most indicators. Although he was unfortunately unable to become the first Asian Major Leaguer to achieve the record of 20 home runs and 40 stolen bases, he ranked 5th in stolen bases in the National League (NL), tied for 12th in walks (75), and 24th in on-base percentage (0.351), ranking as the leadoff. fulfilled its role.
Meanwhile, the media harshly criticized San Diego, saying, “It failed to live up to high expectations. It did not meet expectations at all.” San Diego was unable to play fall baseball, remaining in 3rd place in the NL West with 82 wins and 80 losses (0.506 winning percentage) this season. It started late, recording the highest winning percentage in the major league since September (20 wins, 7 losses, 0.741 winning percentage), but fell two wins short of advancing to the postseason.
The media noted that San Diego learned from this season’s failures that ‘it takes more than a collection of stars.’ He cited ‘winning in close games’ as an area for improvement and argued that strengthening the bullpen should be a top priority.토토사이트
Despite the below-expected results of failing to advance to the postseason this season, San Diego decided to maintain general manager AJ Preller and coach Bob Melvin. The media said, “As coach Melvin and general manager Preller plan to continue their respective roles, it is highly likely that San Diego will have an almost similar roster in the 2024 season. The time to decide on free agent contracts or trades is approaching, but the core roster will remain the same.” “It will happen,” he predicted.