Kim Ha-sung’s mission, which also threw a question mark on ’17 home runs’, raise the batting quality

Kim Ha-sung (29) of the San Diego Padres had his best year last year. He was excellent in defense and batting performance in the Gold Glove (National League Utility Division) of the Major League Baseball. He proved his potential by hitting 17 home runs and 38 steals.헤라카지노

In fact, the player himself was deeply disappointed. “Actually, there was still a question mark about hitting,” Kim told reporters before leaving for the U.S. on Tuesday. “That’s why I tried hard during the offseason. I expect more long-distance shots to come out this year.”

Kim Ha-sung had a batting average of 0.288 to 15 home runs and a slugging percentage of 0.454 through Aug. 9 last year (Korea Standard Time). He was highly likely to steal 20 home runs and 20 bases in the season, and displayed sufficient performance to call him a mid- to long-range hitter. However, he failed to achieve 20 home runs as his monthly performance in September was sluggish with a batting average of 0.184 with a slugging percentage of 0.218.

“I said I wanted to increase the slugging percentage as my goal last year, but the figure didn’t come out as much as I thought,” Kim Ha-sung said. “I did a lot of weight exercises this winter, and I finished bulk-up. I expect more long shots.”

In the end, the quality of his batting needs to be improved. Kim Ha-sung hit 17 home runs last year, but his batting quality did not reach that level. According to Baseball Servant, Kim Ha-sung was at the bottom of the league in terms of average batting speed (139 kilometers/h, bottom 7 percent), and hard hit ratio (26.7 percent, bottom 3 percent), which are directly connected to long balls. It was 180 degrees different from what was the top in the league in terms of his pioneers, such as the swing ratio of manned balls (20.4 percent, top 10 percent), and the swing ratio of missed balls (17.7 percent, top 9 percent).

Improving batting quality is also necessary for making “jackpot contracts.” MLB teams that invest based on their future value are sensitive not only to classical statistics but also to detailed indicators. Cody Bellinger, who was considered one of the biggest players in free agency this winter, hit a batting average of 0.307 with 26 home runs but has yet to find his team. He was sluggish until a year ago (batting average of 0.210 in 2022) and his average batting speed (lower 22 percent), strong batting ratio (lower 10 percent), and manned swing ratio (lower 33 percent) all ranked low last year.

With several clubs throwing “question marks” on Bellinger, the Chicago Cubs, the former team, have only offered him a contract over the past two months. If Kim Ha-sung, who will become an FA after this season, wants to hit a $100 million (133.3 billion won) jackpot, he should create an indicator to erase the question mark.

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