Batting average has long been the most fundamental metric for evaluating hitters in the history of baseball. While many metrics have been developed that more accurately represent a hitter’s run production than batting average, batting average still has great appeal to fans. The best hitters are recognized by their batting average.
However, it has several flaws. It doesn’t account for the full value of a hit. A single and a home run are the same hit. This is complemented by other metrics such as weighted slugging percentage and on-base percentage. However, adjusting for the quality of the opponent is complicated. A hit against the best pitcher in the league has the same value as a hit against a mediocre pitcher.
That’s why batting average doesn’t tell the whole story when it comes to one of KIA’s top talents, Kim Do-young (20). A sophomore in high school, Kim has been cruising through the aftermath of a foot injury sustained in the season-opening series. As of April 4, he’s batting .308 with three home runs, 25 RBIs, 15 doubles, and an OPS of .833 through 48 games of the season. He’s got a solid batting average, and he regularly produces more than two doubles.
What’s even more impressive is his adaptability against quality pitching. Younger players usually struggle against the best pitchers in the league. Basically, they have good pitches. They have a knack for taking advantage of inexperienced players, and they know how to do it. This is one of the reasons why young players tend to have jagged batting averages. This is not the case with Kim Do-young. She’s been able to hold her own against ace-level pitchers.
If you look at Do-Young Kim’s opponent-by-opponent stats this season, you’ll see that he’s done quite well against the pitchers representing each team. Doosan went 1-for-3 against foreign ace Raul Alcantara. One hit was a double. They went 2-for-2 against Lotte’s homegrown ace Park Se-woong, and didn’t go quietly against foreign pitcher Aaron Wilkerson, going 1-for-3.
He was strong against Samsung’s homegrown ace Won Tae-in, going 3-for-6, and also had a hit against David Buchanan. He also had a hit against Hanwha’s Ricardo Sanchez, going 1-for-3. He is 2-for-6 against KT native ace Ko Young-pyo and 2-for-3 against foreign ace William Cuevas. He also has a hit against NC foreigner Eric Peddy, who has been in extreme form this year.
Even SSG, who is basically the strongest pitcher on the team, has struggled against Kim. He went 3-for-3 against Kirk McCarty, the best lefty in the league this year. He’s also 2-for-5 against Kim Kwang-hyun and 2-for-3 against Roenis Elias. Of course, there are some ace-level pitchers who have yet to record a hit, but at this point, you can see that he hasn’t had too many close games against quality pitchers.
He’s got good bat speed, and he’s not vulnerable to fastballs this year as he’s finalized the position where his power comes most naturally. His defense isn’t quite at the level of a veteran yet, but he’s more than competitive enough for the course he’s targeting. The fact that he has performed well against high-level players shows that he is adaptable. It’s not unreasonable to expect better results as he gains experience and works on his weaknesses.스포츠토토
Their offensive production has also improved. Last year, Kim’s adjusted wRC+ was 88.1, which was below the league average, according to Statiz. This year, it’s 136.8, thanks to a surge in batting average and on-base percentage, as well as a higher percentage of long balls. While this is a small sample size in regulation, it’s enough to raise expectations that he could easily surpass the league average if he played full-time.