8th in the NL in batting average – 7G, 0.455, and looking really good.

There’s nothing rough about him. Has really opened up his offense as of late. Kim “Awesome Kim” Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres) is swinging a fire bat. He’s now ranked eighth in the National League in batting average in Major League Baseball.

He went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, one home run, one RBI, and three runs scored in a road game against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. He also drew two walks and stole four bases. It was his second straight multi-hit game after going 2-for-5 the day before. Raised his season batting average to .284. Ranks first on the team and eighth in the National League in batting average.스포츠토토

Has been swinging the bat very lightly. In his last seven games, he’s batting .455 with 10 hits in 22 at-bats. He has a .586 on-base percentage and a .636 slugging percentage. He has an OPS of 1.222. The stats are phenomenal. Zooming in to his last 15 games, he’s batting .412. In his last 30 games, he’s batting .355.

National League batting average rankings for 2023 (as of day 3)
1st Luis Araúez (Miami) 0.378
2nd Freddie Freeman (Dodgers) 0.338
3rd Ronald Acuña (Atlanta) 0.335
4th Bryson Stott (Philadelphia) 0.303
5th Alec Bomb (Philadelphia) 0.293
6th Ketel Marte (Arizona) 0.291
7th Christian Jelich (Milwaukee) 0.286
8th Ha-Sung Kim (San Diego) 0.284
9th TJ Friedl (Cincinnati) 0.283
10th Lane Thomas (Washington) 0.282

In addition to his stellar performance, he also made the top 10 in a number of personal records. In addition to ranking eighth in batting average, he was ninth in on-base percentage (.380), 15th in OPS (.838), tied for seventh in stolen bases (22), and tied for 21st in runs scored (60). He’s also improved his 20-20 chances. He’s already stolen 22 bases and drawn 15 arches. He needs five more home runs to become the first Asian infielder to reach 20-20.

Defensively, he is a utility infielder. Wherever he plays in the infield, he plays net defense. In 107 games this season, he has started 73 times at second base, 20 times at third base, and 14 times at shortstop. His ability to play multiple positions to suit the team’s needs has helped his Golden Glove chances, as he’s one of the best defenders in the majors.

When Kim joined San Diego in 2021, he was criticized for his offense compared to his defense. He hit just .202 in his rookie season and only .251 last season. However, the middle of this season has been a different story. He struggled in April, batting in the low teens, but rebounded in May and has been on fire this summer.

It’s no longer awkward to call him an “offense and defense” player. He hits well, runs well, and plays solid defense. It will be interesting to see how far he can go in his third year in the major leagues.

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