The 40% challenge hitter was also beaten, Kim Ha-seong WAR major league 5th overall ‘perfect first half’
San Diego Padres infielder Kim Ha-seong finished the first half with a solid performance as the starting second baseman.
Ha-seong Kim started as the first hitter and second baseman in the 2023 Major League Baseball home game against the New York Mets held at Petco Park in San Diego, California, on the 10th (Korean time), scoring 2 hits and 1 run in 4 at-bats. Kim Ha-seong finished the first half with 71 hits (10 home runs) in 85 games, 275 at bats, 31 RBIs, 44 points, 16 stolen bases, a batting average of 0.258 OPS and 0.760.
According to Baseball-Reference, which provides major league records, Kim Ha-sung’s WAR (contribution to victory over substitute players) this season was 4.1, ranking 5th overall in the major leagues. First place was Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels, 6.5), second place was Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta Braves, 5.0), third place was Wander Franco (Tampa Bay Rays, 4.3), and fourth place was Mookie Betts (LA Dodgers, 4.1).
2nd in home runs (26) in the American League, Louis Robert Jr. is 6th with 4.1, Luis Arares (Miami Marlins), who is challenging for a .400 batting average with a batting average of 0.383, is 7th with 3.9; It was 8th with 3.9.
It is the first time that Ha-seong Kim has been listed in the top 10 in WAR since making his major league debut in 2021. Kim Ha-seong played full-time as a shortstop last year to fill Tatis Jr.’s vacancy, but he started as second baseman with Xander Bogarts joining the team ahead of this season.
Kim Ha-seong made only one error while defending 460 innings as a second baseman, recording a fielding ratio of 0.996. It was the second highest fielding percentage after Tyro Estrada (San Francisco Giants) and Bryce Turang (Milwaukee Brewers) among players who pitched more than 200 innings as a second baseman in the entire major league. Defensive WAR is 2.1, which is 1st overall in the National League. Stable defense was the secret to Kim Ha-sung’s ability to record a high overall WAR even with an average offense of 0.258 batting average.
In San Diego, where excellent infielders such as Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, Bogatz, and Jake Cronenworth were lined up, Ha-seong Kim was considered a trade card from the start, but Ha-seong Kim showed the highest contribution to victory in the team and was an indispensable resource. Proved yourself.
Ha-seong Kim achieved double-digit home runs and stolen bases for the second consecutive year, and this year he has already recorded 16 stolen bases. If he hits home runs in the second half, he can also aim for his first major league 20 home run-20 stolen base club.
Above all, Ha-seong Kim is terrifying that all indicators are getting higher in the second and third years than in the first year. Kim Ha-seong has shown career highs every year with a noticeable increase in batting average (0.202-0.251-0.258), slugging percentage (0.352-0.381-0.411), and on-base percentage (0.270-0.325-0.349).온라인바카라
Kim Ha-seong suffered a toe injury in a game against the Mets on the 8th, kicking a full water container that he thought was empty after being caught by the opponent’s defense and out, and missed the game on the 9th. However, he got up and finished the first half hopefully with two hits in the last game of the first half on the 10th. Ha-seong Kim’s performance in the second half, which will resume after the All-Star break, is also noteworthy.