The more they hear about Ha-seong Kim (28) of “Second Baseman”, the more they annoy San Diego Padres fans. It is because of the existence of Xander Bogarts (31), a “shortstop” with an expensive ransom.
Mickey Coke, who is active in the American media TTF Baseball, showed on his SNS on the 24th (Korean time) how objectively Kim Ha-sung’s performance this season was when he was placed as a shortstop.
Before the start of the game on the 25th, Kim Ha-seong’s 2023 season performance was 95 games with a batting average of 0.267 (84 hits in 315 at-bats), 12 homers, 34 RBIs, 51 points, 18 stolen bases, an on-base rate of 0.359, a slugging rate of 0.425, and an OPS of 0.784. At first glance, it looks like an ordinary performance, but with a wRC+ (adjusted goal production capacity) of 120, it is hitting above average, contributing 20% more goals than the league average (wRC+ 100).
Since stable defense is a little more important, the value of Kim Ha-seong stands out even more when compared to middle infielders (shortstop, second baseman) who are weak in hitting. Ha-sung Kim and Jonathan India (Cincinnati Reds) are only two second basemen who are ranked in the top 10 with 6th in wRC+ and 8th in OPS among all second basemen in the major leagues, and have 10 homers and 10 stolen bases.
If shortstop is the target of comparison, Ha-seong Kim’s performance is even more remarkable. Cork said, “If Ha-seong Kim played as a shortstop, which was the best position, he was the 1st in OPS among National League (NL) shortstops who digested the regulation at bat. Second in the entire major league (as of the 23rd),” he focused on.
Reflecting the record on the 24th, Kim Ha-sung’s season performance was tied for 7th in the major leagues in home runs (3rd in the NL), 5th in stolen bases (3rd), 2nd in on-base percentage (1st), and 7th in slugging percentage (3rd). Thanks to such excellent batting performance and a second baseman with a high defensive weight, Ha-seong Kim’s bWAR (Baseball Reference WAR) is 4.8, Shohei Otani (LA Angels, bWAR 6.8) and Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta Braves, bWAR 5.1).
It was none other than San Diego fans who were outraged by this news. The reason was that he did not trust Kim Ha-seong and recruited Bogatz for a large amount of money for ‘strengthening the blow’.
Bogatz signed an 11-year, $280 million (approximately 358.7 billion won) free agent contract before this season and joined San Diego. Bogatz, who has a strong attachment to shortstop, wanted to keep his position at the time of his transfer. San Diego respected that opinion until it pushed Kim Ha-seong, who was among the three final candidates for the National League shortstop Gold Glove last year, to second base, and All-Star second baseman Jake Cronenworth to first base.
However, Bogatz has not been rewarded so far, with a batting average of 0.263, 11 home runs, 36 RBIs, and 10 stolen bases in 94 games, an on-base percentage of 0.344, a slugging percentage of 0.403, and an OPS of 0.747.카지노
San Diego fans continued to praise Ha-sung Kim, saying, “We didn’t need Bogatz. We should have invested in the pitching staff with that money,” “We signed an extension contract with a player older and worse than Ha-sung Kim (Bogatz),” and “The contract with Bogatz was really terrible,” while saying, “Ha-sung Kim is the most underrated player in the entire major league,” and “We have to sign an extension contract with Ha-sung Kim.”