Despite the ongoing trade rumors, Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego) is in a solid position. There is a local prospect that Kim Ha-seong will take over as San Diego’s leadoff this season.
American media ESPN ranked the team batting order of 30 major league clubs in the 2023 season on the 28th (Korean time).
San Diego, where Kim Ha-seong is in, was ranked first overall.
ESPN said, “The name missing from the expected opening day lineup is Fernando Tatis Jr.,” and “he was caught with a banned substance, and his disciplinary action will be lifted on April 21. Then, San Diego will have four MVP-level players with outstanding talent placed in the other lineup.” “analyzed.
At the same time, the media revealed San Diego’s expected batting order.
ESPN predicted that the starting batting order would be built in the order of Ha-seong Kim, Juan Soto, Manny Machado, Xander Bogatz, Jake Cronenworth, Nelson Crews (designated hitter), Matt Carpenter, Austin Nola, and Trent Grisham.
The name of Kim Ha-seong stands out. Ha-seong Kim played 150 games in the 2022 season and recorded a batting average of 0.251, 11 homers, 59 RBIs, 12 stolen bases, and an OPS of 0.708. It showed a better look than the 2021 season, which was the first year of his debut. He was also named as one of the three finalists for the Gold Glove shortstop category and was recognized for his defensive skills. 스포츠토토
In the postseason last year, Kim Ha-seong went back and forth between 1st and 7th batting order depending on the type of opposing pitcher.
He also keeps coming up with trade rumors. On the 19th, MLB.com, the official homepage of Major League Baseball, selected Ha-seong Kim as one of Boston’s five potential infield candidates. Nevertheless, ESPN saw that there was no change in Kim Ha-sung’s starting position.
However, he did not mention Kim Ha-sung’s defensive position. San Diego acquired large shortstop Bogarts in the Stove League. As a result, while Cronenworth moves to first base, Ha-seong Kim is likely to play second base.
Ha-seong Kim met with reporters ahead of his departure from the United States on the 27th and said, “The general manager said that he would play many games as a second baseman.
He continued, “I also agreed. Our team said, ‘The goal is to have a good player on the ground.’ In the end, I have to do well. Only then will I be able to win the competition for the starting position.”
Meanwhile, ESPN predicted the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, and Toronto Blue Jays from second to fifth in order. The Pittsburgh Pirates, where Choi Ji-man will play as the fourth hitter and first baseman, were in 17th place.