The Immense Success of Kim Ha-seong Continues in the Major Leagues
In a remarkable display of talent and skill, Kim Ha-seong (28) from the San Diego Padres is rapidly approaching the “Japanese legend” Suzuki Ichiro’s (50) record of 15 consecutive multi-base hits in the major Asian leagues. With his exceptional contact ability and peak performance, Kim Ha-seong currently ranks second in overall batting average in the major leagues, a reminiscent of Ichiro in his prime.
Kim Ha-seong’s Exceptional Performance
In the recent Major League home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park in San Diego, California, Kim Ha-seong started as the first hitter and third baseman. With an outstanding performance of 2 hits and 1 run in 5 at-bats, he successfully achieved 15 consecutive multi-base walks.
During the game against Dodgers right-hander Tony Gonsolin, Kim Ha-seong demonstrated his prowess by hitting a lefty slider for a hit in the second inning. In the sixth inning, he skillfully maneuvered a high slider, resulting in a shot that rolled in front of the center fielder.
Kim Ha-seong’s impressive streak began with the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on the 25th of last month. As a result, his batting average soared from .270 to .288 (104 hits in 361 at-bats) during this span, reaching a career high.
A Promising Second Half
In the second half of the major leagues, Kim Ha-seong has been performing exceptionally with a batting average of .384 (33 hits in 86 at-bats), 5 homers, 10 RBI, 17 walks, 11 strikeouts, .490 slugging percentage, .593 OPS, and 1.083 in 23 games. His batting average ranks second, and his on-base percentage is fourth in both major leagues. Amongst all hitters, only Freddie Freeman (Dodgers) boasts a higher batting average than Kim Ha-seong’s in the second half.
Kim Ha-seong’s success extends beyond the second half, as he also ranks in the top 10 for batting average in the National League (NL). The rankings currently stand as follows: 1st Luis Araez (Miami .374), 2nd Freeman (.340), 3rd Ronald Acuna Jr (Atlanta .339), 4th Bryson Stadt (Philadelphia .302), 5th Orlando Arcia (Atlanta .297), 6th Alec Bom (Philadelphia .290), 7th Christian Yelich (Milwaukee .290), 8th Lane Thomas (Washington .290), and Kim Ha-seong in 9th.
Kim Ha-seong’s exceptional performance has secured him a place as the first Korean major leaguer to rank in the top 10 of batting average. Only Choo Shin-soo (SSG) had previously achieved this feat, with the 12th highest batting average in the American League (.300) in 2010. Kim Ha-seong’s achievement highlights his growing prominence and surpasses Choo Shin-soo’s ranking.
A Man Ahead of His Time
The current era of the major leagues favors pitchers, making it rare to find hitters with a batting average of .300 or higher. In fact, there are only nine players this season, with four in the NL and five in the AL. In 2010, there were a total of 23 .300 hitters, with 11 in the NL and 12 in the AL. Thus, Kim Ha-seong’s fiery bat shines in an increasingly challenging environment.
As Kim Ha-seong continues to excel in the major leagues, his exceptional performance and climbing rankings solidify his status as one of the most talented players in the game. With his remarkable contact ability and unwavering determination, Kim Ha-seong is poised to make history and leave an indelible mark in the world of baseball.
Original Source: OSEN | 2023.08.08 21:38
Provided by OSEN | 2023.08.08 21:38
[OSEN=이상학 기자] The momentum of Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres), who stood shoulder to shoulder with the “Japanese legend” Suzuki Ichiro (50) record of 15 consecutive multi-base records in the major Asian leagues, does not stop . . If you add a little exaggeration, he is second in overall batting average in the major leagues in the second half with his peak contact ability, reminiscent of Ichiro in his prime.
Ha-seong Kim started as the first hitter and third baseman in the 2023 Major League home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, played at Petco Park in San Diego, California, on the 8th (hereafter Korean time ), playing an active role with 2 hits and 1 run in 5 at-bats, went 15 consecutive multi-base walks
In the second inning of the third inning against Dodgers right-hander Tony Gonsolin, Kim Ha-seong drew a slider that dropped low in the middle of the first pitch, leading to a lefty hit. In the sixth inning, Gonsolin hit a slider that came high in the middle of the second pitch and made a shot that rolled in front of the center fielder.
Starting with the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on the 25th of last month, he hit 13 games in a row. With a career high, his batting average rose from .27 to 2.88 (104 hits in 361 at bats) during this span.
Kim Ha-seong is exploding with a 3.84 batting average (33 hits in 86 at-bats), 5 homers, 10 RBI, 17 walks, 11 strikeouts, .490 slugging percentage, .593 OPS, and 1.083 in 23 games in the second half. In the second half of both major leagues, he is second in batting average and fourth in on-base percentage. Freddie Freeman (Dodgers, .420) is the only hitter with a higher batting average than Kim Ha-seong in the second half.
The batting average for the season was also in the top 10 in the National League (NL). 1st Luis Araez (Miami .374), 2nd Freeman (.340), 3rd Ronald Acuna Jr (Atlanta .339), 4th Bryson Stadt (Philadelphia .302), 5th Orlando Arcia (Atlanta .297), 6th Alec Bom (Philadelphia) .290), 7th Christian Yelich (Milwaukee .290), 8th Lane Thomas (Washington .290), and Kim Ha-seong in 9th.
A Korean major leaguer has never before ranked 10th in batting average. The only hitter in regulation at-bat was Choo Shin-soo (SSG) ahead of Kim Ha-seong. Choo Shin-soo had a total of 9 regulation at bats seasons, and among them, the 12th highest batting average in the American League (.300) in 2010 with the Cleveland Indians (now the Rangers). Prior to that, he had a .300 batting average for the first time in 2009, but had never cracked the ‘Top 10’ as 21st in the AL.
Kim Ha-seong, who became the second Korean player to become a legal at-bat hitter after Choo Shin-soo last year, ranked 36th overall in NL batting average (.252). He was above average, ranking 36th out of 63 regular season hitters. This year, he’s in the top 11.8% with 9th out of 76 players, and he’s looking to break into the top 10 in batting average, which even Shin Choo couldn’t do.
Unlike when Choo Shin-soo played, there aren’t many hitters who are 30% in the major leagues now because it’s a pitcher’s era. There are only 9 players, 4 in NL and 5 in AL. In 2010, there were 23 total .30 hitters with 11 in the NL and 12 in the AL. In an environment where batsmen are more difficult than in the past, Kim Ha-seong’s bat is blowing fire.
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