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“The whole season was phenomenal”… Ha-seong Kim, San Diego’s best defender selected by US media

“It was phenomenal throughout last season.”

On the 4th (Korean time), the American media ‘Yardbacker’ selected the key defenders of 30 major league teams. Ha-seong Kim was proudly named as the defender representing the San Diego Padres.

‘Yardbacker’ said, “Today, defensive power has become a big meaning for decision makers who run clubs. It’s not just about pitchers.” Let’s take a look at each team’s best defender.” 메이저놀이터

The defender representing San Diego is Kim Ha-seong. Ha-seong Kim took over as the starting shortstop last season. His competitor, Fernando Tatis Jr., fractured his wrist before last season. He was gearing up for his return in August, but was handed an 80-game suspension for being caught taking a banned substance.

Kim Ha-seong recorded 130 hits, 11 home runs, 59 RBIs, and 58 runs last season with a batting average of 0.251 OPS and 0.708. He showed better results than his debut season. However, Kim Ha-seong showed a better appearance in his defense. He showed good form for one season and moved up to three finalists for the National League Gold Glove shortstop category.

‘Yardbacker’ said, “Last season, Kim Ha-seong was not planning to play as the starting shortstop for San Diego. However, because of Tatis’ problem, he played as the starting shortstop. Defensively, he recorded 12 DRS (defensive run saves) and UZR. (Ultimate Zone Rating) 8.

Kim Ha-seong was active as a shortstop last season, but this season he will play second base. This is because San Diego acquired shortstop Xander Bogarts for 280 million dollars (approximately 367.6 billion won) in 11 years. Ha-seong Kim moves to second base, and Jake Cronenworth moves to first base. Tatis will play as an outfielder.

‘Yardbacker’ added, “Tatis played an active role as an outfielder during spring training. Kim Ha-seong is active as a talented keystone combination with Bogatz.”

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