‘Shock’ Kim Ha-seong ranked 163rd… No frustration, 167th in WBC RBI, 173rd in rejected man with 586.1 billion won
It’s shocking. The batting average of Ha-seong Kim (San Diego Padres) collapsed even in the 20% range.
On the 22nd (hereinafter Korean time), 메이저놀이터Kim Ha-seong started as second baseman 8 times in an away game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and struck out 1 with no hits in 2 at-bats. With this, he went 13 hits in 66 at bats in 20 games this season, with a batting average of 0.197, 2 homers, 4 RBIs, 4 runs, and an OPS of 0.612.
He is hitless in five consecutive games after giving up two hits against the Milwaukee Brewers on the 17th. He went hitless in 16 at-bats during this period. The batting average, which was 0.255 immediately after the game on the 17th, dropped to 0.197 after the game on the 22nd. The 2nd generation has collapsed. In the end, he had the humiliation of being replaced by Matt Carpenter ahead of the 8th inning of the game. It’s still early in the season, so there’s plenty of time to recover, but it can’t be shocking.
Ha-seong Kim made modifications to his hitting mechanics as he prepared for his season. Like Jung-Hoo Lee (Kiwoom), the height of his arms was lowered to reduce the time it takes for his arms to reach the hitting point. It should be seen that he is going through trial and error because he has not yet been able to do it in real life.
Kim Ha-seong’s average is 91st out of 98 players who have filled the National League’s regulation at bats. Even if the range is expanded to the entire major league, it is 163rd out of 182 players who have filled the required number of at bats. Seeing this is serious Since the April schedule is not over yet, there is plenty of time to recover, but it is also true that the more samples pile up, the more difficult it is to recover.
The San Diego batting line is not good overall. The team’s batting average is 0.216, which is the lowest in the National League, and the team’s OPS is 0.674, which is 14th in the National League. The team’s home runs are 6th in the National League with 25, but the team’s RBIs are tied for 12th in the National League with 76.
In a word, it is a blackmail gunner. It can be seen that the scoring route other than the home run was blocked. Excluding Zander Bogarts, who has a batting average of 0.349 with 5 homers and 12 RBIs, there is no hitter who is living up to his name. The next best hitter after Bogarts is Nelson Cruz with a batting average of 0.265 with 2 home runs and 12 RBIs. Of course, this is also mediocre.
Still, there is no need for Kim Ha-seong to be frustrated. If you look at hitters who can hit worse than Kim Ha-seong, there are hitters you are familiar with. The representative player is Juan Soto, a colleague of Kim Ha-seong and an outfielder who rejected a 15-year, $440 million (approximately 586.1 billion won) contract extension with the Washington Nationals. Soto is 13 hits in 74 at-bats with a batting average of 0.176, 4 home runs, 9 RBIs and 13 runs in 22 games. He is 95th in batting average in the National League and 173rd in overall batting average in the major leagues.
This is not the end. There is a player who has a slightly higher average than Soto, but is inferior to Ha-seong Kim. This is Masataka Yoshida (Boston Red Sox), an outfielder who won the WBC RBI and led Japan to the championship. Yoshida is 11 hits in 57 at-bats with a batting average of 0.193, 1 home run, 9 RBIs and 9 runs in 15 games. He ranks 75th in the American League in batting average and 167th in overall batting average in the major leagues.