San Diego Padres infielder Ha-Sung Kim earned a “B+” in his first half report card.
Fansided, a site for professional sports fan columnists in the United States, graded the San Diego Padres’ hitters based on their first half performance on Friday. Infielder Ha-Sung Kim, who finished the first half of the season with a .275 batting average (71-for-275), 10 home runs, 31 RBIs, 44 runs scored, and an OPS of .760, earned a B+.
The outlet wrote, “With a strong first half, Kim is on pace for a career-high season. After hitting 11 homers last year, he now has 10 homers and 31 RBIs, with a 2.5-for-8 slugging percentage, 3.4-for-9 on-base percentage and 4.1-for-1 slugging percentage. He ranks fourth on the team with a .760 OPS and plays solid defense.” “Keeping him healthy will be key for San Diego in the second half of the season,” he said.
Among San Diego’s infielders, Xander Bogaerts earned an ‘A-‘ grade and Manny Machado earned an ‘A’ grade. Jake Cronenwirth, on the other hand, earned a “C+” grade. Among outfielders, Fernando Tatis Jr. was the best rated with an ‘A’ grade, while Juan Soto and Trent Grisham were tied for a ‘B’ grade. Catcher Gary Sanchez received an ‘A-‘ grade.
Meanwhile, the East Village Times, a San Diego news outlet, reviewed the Padres’ first half of the season on Wednesday, calling it a “roller coaster ride.”
The Padres are 43-47, in fourth place in the National League West and six games back of third place in the wild-card race. That’s a huge disappointment for a team that was considered a World Series favorite heading into the season.
Despite the team’s less-than-stellar performance, the publication named four categories for the first half: Best Pitcher, Best Hitter, Most Pleasant Surprise, and Most Disappointing Player. Kim was named the most pleasant surprise.카지노
The East Village Times said, “While most of the expected stars have been productive, it was Kim’s emergence that was unexpected. Kim is currently fourth in the majors with 4.1 bWAR. He is tied for first in the majors with an OAA (Outs Above Average) of 11. He also leads the majors with 2.1 dWAR (Defensive WAR). “He’s on pace to easily win a Gold Glove and should be in contention for the coveted Platinum Glove.
The Gold Glove was already a given. The Platinum Glove is awarded to the best defender in each league from among Gold Glove winners. It’s been around since 2011.
American media outlet The Big Read also rated Kim’s defense as one of the best in the league. “He is the most underrated player in the major leagues,” the publication recently wrote, “He has filled in at shortstop and third base in addition to second base. There is no doubt that he is the current Platinum Glove leader in the National League.”