Now in his third year in the major leagues, Kim is having one of his best seasons since breaking into the big leagues. In 58 games this season, he has 45 hits, five home runs, 19 RBIs, 24 runs scored, 11 doubles, a .246 batting average and a .723 OPS. His batting stats can vary from day to day, but at this rate, he has a very good chance of surpassing last year’s numbers. He’s already close to his stolen base total from last year, and his home runs will likely surpass his 11 from the 2022 season.
Defense. He’s also showing why he was a finalist for the National League Gold Glove at shortstop last year. According to 메이저사이트 Fangraphs, Kim has a +10 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) this year, the highest among all second basemen in the majors. Even if you narrow it down to the National League, he’s +3 ahead of second-place finisher Eduardo Estrada (San Francisco, +7).
His numbers outside of DRS, the most common defensive metric, are also outstanding. Kim is tied for first in the National League in OAA (Outs Above Average) with Estrada at +5, and his Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) is second in the National League at +1.3. The numbers alone speak for themselves.
His WAR (Wins Above Replacement) is also excellent, which shows how much his offense and defense are helping the team. According to Baseball Reference, Kim has a bWAR of 2.7, which is the highest in San Diego. There’s a big gap between him and Juan Soto (2.2), who ranks second. His fWAR on FanGraphs is 1.7, which ranks third overall on the Padres.
Kim’s consistently good play has led to an outpouring of praise in the local media lately. After failing to win the Gold Glove at shortstop in the National League last year, there is speculation that he could be good enough at second base this year to become the first Korean to win the title. The unquestioned praise for his defense, in particular, continues.
Even though San Diego is struggling this year with a 29-33 record and a .468 winning percentage, good for fourth place in the National League West, fans seem to be happy to see Kim in action. Sports Illustrated’s (SI) San Diego fan page, “Inside the Padres,” wrote on Aug. 8, “Kim’s recent play is worthy of a spot among the major league stars.
“San Diego’s 2023 season has gotten off to a nightmarish start,” Inside the Padres wrote. Injuries and inconsistency have hit the Padres hard, and they can’t seem to put runners on base when they need to. It’s still frustrating, but they’ve had a great start to the 2023 season, with Kim having the best season of his career.”
“He’s showing what he can do with the glove and the bat. He leads San Diego in WAR because of it. He’s tied for seventh in the league in WAR with Mookie Betts (Dodgers), Dansby Swanson (Cubs), and teammate Juan Soto,” explaining that it’s “the best mark in his third year in San Diego.”
Fans have high hopes for Kim. They say he has improved significantly over the past two seasons through trial and error. “After missing the playoffs in 2021 as a rookie, he’s made great strides and is proving that he deserves to be a starter and has become an integral part of the team. It’s great to see his growth, and we’re excited to see what he can bring to the table this season,” he said.