Kim Ha-seong 토토사이트(28, San Diego Padres), who had a difficult time suffering from a severe slump in his first year in the major leagues, is showing off his improved skills as the season progresses. He has established himself as a key player in San Diego and is a role model for younger players dreaming of playing in the big leagues.
On the 8th (Korean time), The Athletic of the United States reported Ha-seong Kim’s success story in the major league, saying, “Ha-seong Kim is inspiring the next generation of Korean baseball players.”
In 2021, Ha-seong Kim headed to the United States with big dreams, but the walls of his major league career were high. He appeared in 117 games, where he batted only .202, 8 home runs, 34 RBI, 6 stolen bases, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.622. He struggled with the fastballs of major league pitchers, and his pitching vision was also poor.
In an interview with The Athletic, Ha-seong Kim talked about the fact that he had alopecia areata at the time and said, “It was the time when I hit the lowest psychological point. I felt like I might not belong here, and I thought I might have to go back to Korea.” However , Ha
-seong Kim said, “On the one hand, because it was my first year, I wanted to give it a try and see what would happen.”
Kim Ha-seong, who showed great pride, proved his competitiveness last year. He appeared in 150 games and had a batting average of .251, 11 home runs, 59 RBI, 12 stolen bases, and an OPS of 0.708. He opened his eyes to batting, adapted to the pitches of big league pitchers, and maintained a stable defense.
Kim Ha-seong, who has grown into a player worthy of the big league level, is leading the attack as San Diego’s spearhead this season. He played in 136 games and performed well, recording a batting average of 0.271, 17 home runs, 55 RBIs, 31 stolen bases, and an OPS of 0.783. He is aiming to win his first Gold Glove and become the first Asian infielder to join the 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases club.
Ha-seong Kim is writing a success story in the Major League. Now, he is a great example for Korean players who dream of advancing to the United States.
Ha-seong Kim said, “I hope many players in the big league remember me as Ha-seong Kim, not Kim.” He added, “There are many good players and young talents in Korea. I will work harder so that they can receive a lot of attention from major league scouts. “It provides motivation. Then, more players can pursue their dream of advancing to the major leagues,” he said, expressing his sense of responsibility.