San Diego Padres’ Ha-seong Kim Makes an Impact on both Offense and Defense
St. Louis, Missouri – In a thrilling Major League Baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals, Ha-seong Kim showcased his skills on both offense and defense. Despite his impressive performance, the Padres ended up falling short with a 5-6 loss after overtime at Busch Stadium on August 29, 2023.
Kim had a standout performance, recording 2 hits in 3 at-bats, including a crucial sacrifice fly in the top of the 8th inning that resulted in an RBI. He also scored a run and drew a walk during the intense matchup. Although the Padres couldn’t secure the victory, Kim’s contributions did not go unnoticed.
In fact, Kim’s defensive abilities have been widely recognized. American baseball magazine, Baseball America (BA), recently unveiled their list of ‘best tools’, featuring 25 categories that were selected by major league managers, scouts, and officials. In the National League (NL) second baseman defense category, Kim Ha-seong claimed the top spot.
Nico Horner of the Chicago Cubs and Azi Albis of the Atlanta Braves followed closely behind Kim, securing the second and third positions, respectively. Kim’s remarkable performance in his debut season in the major leagues has solidified his position and demonstrated his consistency in the field.
Since joining the Padres in 2021 after a successful stint in the KBO league, Kim has exhibited tremendous versatility by playing multiple positions. In his first year, he showcased his utility skills as a shortstop, third baseman, and second baseman. Last season, he notably filled in the shortstop position vacated by Fernando Tatis Jr. Kim’s exceptional performance even earned him a place among the final three candidates for the NL Gold Glove shortstop award, although he ultimately did not win, losing out to Dansby Swanson of the Atlanta Braves.
This season, Kim has taken charge of San Diego’s second base. Regardless of any shifts in the team’s dynamics, his unwavering defensive prowess remains a constant. Considered the best second baseman by experts such as major league managers and scouts, Kim’s value continues to soar.
With his impressive display of skills and unwavering dedication, Ha-seong Kim is certainly making an impact both on and off the field. As the Padres navigate through the remainder of the season, fans and experts will surely be keeping a close eye on this exceptional talent.
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[세인트루이스=AP/뉴시스] Ha-seong Kim of the San Diego Padres hits a sacrifice fly in the top of the 8th inning in the 2023 Major League Baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Louis, Missouri, on the 29th (local time). Kim Ha-seong recorded 2 hits in 3 at-bats, 1 RBI, 1 run and 1 walk, and the team lost 5-6 after overtime. 2023.08.30.
Ha-seong Kim (San Diego Padres) was recognized for his defensive ability.
Baseball America (BA), an American baseball magazine, released 25 categories of ‘best tools’ selected by major league managers, scouts, and officials on the 7th (Korea time).
Kim Ha-seong took first place in the National League (NL) second baseman defense category.
Nico Horner (Chicago Cubs) and Azi Albis (Atlanta Braves) followed in second and third.
Kim Ha-seong, who entered the big league in 2021 after passing through the KBO league, established his position early with stable defense.
In the first year of his major league debut, he showed his utility skills in the field by playing shortstop, third baseman, and second baseman.
Last year, he brilliantly filled the shortstop position left by the Fernando Tatis Jr. After the season, he was included in the final three candidates for the NL Gold Glove shortlist category, but did not win the award because of Dansby Swanson (Atlanta Braves at the time).
This year, Kim Ha-seong will defend San Diego’s second base. Even if the situation changes, the waterproof protection remains the same.
He is rated as the best second baseman by expert groups such as major league managers and scouts, further enhancing his value.
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