Kim Ha-seong is a player who has a taste for development. Especially his attacks. His offensive power, which had fallen far below the league average until his debut season in the major leagues in 2021, has risen to above average last year, and this year is a pace that can be expected to achieve better results than last year.
Kim Ha-seong has a batting average of 0.289, 2 homers, 4 RBIs, 1 stolen base, and OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.910 in 11 games of the season until the 12th (Korean time). In 2021, Ha-seong Kim’s OPS was 0.622, and in 2022 it was 0.708. Of course, it is his performance in the first 11 games of the season, but it seems clear that Kim Ha-sung’s offensive power continues to rise.먹튀검증
His response to the slider, which was his weakness until last year, has gotten much better, and he has gained strength in batting to the extent that 6 out of 11 hits (2 homers, 4 doubles) are long hits. As a result, his slugging percentage rose to 0.553. It is an early start enough to erase the prejudice that “Kim Ha-seong has no long hits.”
Ha-seong Kim’s offensive production is superior to the starting players representing the league beyond San Diego. Ha-seong Kim is recording 141 as of the 12th in the adjusted score production (wRC+) compiled by the statistics website ‘Fan Graph’. Among the players who played the required at-bat within the team, the only player with a better wRC+ than Kim Ha-seong is Xander Bogatz (178), a ‘transfer student’ whose offensive power is exploding at the beginning of this season and Kim Ha-seong’s keystone partner.
Juan Soto, the league’s leading on-base machine, still has a high walk rate (20.4%), but his batting average hasn’t risen much yet, so his wRC+ remains at 104. Manny Machado, the team’s representative leader and one of the best third basemen in the league, had a sluggish start in the season and his wRC+ dropped to 70. This means that it is 30% lower than the league average wRC+.
Even in the league second baseman rankings, Kim Ha-seong is the top performer. Limited to players who have completed the required at-bat as a second baseman, Luis Arares (Miami‧255), Brandon Lau (Tampa Bay‧245), Glaber Torres (New York Yankees‧231), Andres Jimenez (Cleveland‧150), Bryson Stad ( Following Philadelphia‧148), Kim Ha-seong’s name is located. He is proudly fourth in slugging percentage.
Of course, as time goes by, this ranking can be adjusted at any time, but the possibility of Ha-seong Kim showing better offensive productivity than last year is much greater. If he can show a Gold Glove-level defense and 20-30% higher offensive productivity than the league average, his value in the free agent market can explode. If you look at the case, you can aim for more than 10 million dollars a year and even 15 million dollars.