In his third year in the Major Leagues, Ha Sung Kim (28, San Diego Padres) has developed into an “underrated player” and an “All-Star calibre player” in the first half of the season.
The first half of the season concluded with a home game against the New York Mets on the 10th. Kim recorded a multi-hit game.바카라
After a successful first half, Kim has hit .258 with 10 home runs, 31 RBIs, 44 runs scored, 71 RBIs, a .349 slugging percentage and a .760 OPS in 85 games this season.
That’s significant progress on the hitting side. In 2021, his first year in the majors, his batting average and OPS were just 0.202 and 0.622, respectively.
Kim also hit 11 home runs in the first half of the year alone. That’s a big improvement from his 8-11 homers over the previous two years. A 15-homer season is not out of the question.
Most notably, Kim has shown success against 95+ mph fastballs, which has been one of his biggest weaknesses at the plate.
Add to that his Gold Glove-level defence. Whether he’s playing shortstop or second base, Kim ranks among the best in the majors in OAA, finishing the first half with a BWAR of 4.1 and a FWAR of 3.0. His BWAR was the fourth-best among hitters. His FWAR was also 21st among hitters.
Kim’s stellar first half has led to him being called “the most underrated player in baseball” by several American media outlets.
Now, after the All-Star break, Kim will begin the second half of the season with a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies on the 15th.
With his offensive and defensive improvements, it will be interesting to see if he can keep up the momentum in the second half of the season.