Ha-Seong Kim

Ha-Seong Kim

27-Year-Old ShortstopSS
San Diego Padres
2023 Fantasy Outlook
After looking overmatched the previous season, Kim settled in as the Padres regular shortstop, posting a 105 wRC+ while playing excellent defense. His biggest strides came against curveballs and sliders. In his rookie season, Kim fanned at a 35% clip against breaking pitches, but last season he lowered it to 17%. Kim fanned at a 19% rate both years facing fastballs. He doesn't hit the ball hard, but Kim puts it in play with a pull approach allowing him to take advantage of the shorter distances down the left field line in Petco Park. Kim was successful on 12 of 14 stolen base attempts. He's a candidate to run more as he further acclimated to MLB pitching. It's unclear where Kim will play, as the Padres have some moving parts, including the return of Fernando Tatis, who may move off shortstop. If Kim is a regular, he's mixed-league worthy, but be ready if he doesn't play as much as last season. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $28 million contract with the Padres in December of 2020.
Absent from Wednesday's lineup
SSSan Diego Padres
October 5, 2022
Kim isn't starting Wednesday against the Giants, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
ANALYSIS
Kim is in the midst of a three-game hitting streak in which he's gone 5-for-11 with a homer, a double, three RBI, two runs and a stolen base. He'll get a breather while Jake Cronenworth starts at shortstop and bats cleanup.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
7
1
18
29
19
15
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
16
1
4
11
9
6
5
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .735 278 24 4 32 5 .254 .343 .392
Since 2020vs Right .653 602 61 15 61 13 .226 .289 .364
2022vs Left .765 188 19 2 18 5 .270 .369 .396
2022vs Right .681 394 39 9 41 7 .243 .304 .377
2021vs Left .672 90 5 2 14 0 .222 .289 .383
2021vs Right .601 208 22 6 20 6 .194 .262 .339
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
Even Split
2022
 
 
+14%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+36%
OPS at Home
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .679 436 34 10 38 10 .229 .321 .358
Since 2020Away .678 444 51 9 55 8 .240 .292 .386
2022Home .659 287 23 5 19 7 .234 .325 .333
2022Away .754 295 35 6 40 5 .268 .324 .430
2021Home .719 149 11 5 19 3 .219 .313 .406
2021Away .530 149 16 3 15 3 .187 .228 .302
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Ha-Seong Kim compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.51
 
BB Rate
8.8%
 
K Rate
17.2%
 
BABIP
.290
 
ISO
.132
 
AVG
.251
 
OBP
.325
 
SLG
.383
 
OPS
.708
 
wOBA
.315
 
Exit Velocity
86.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
27.8%
 
Barrels/PA
3.1%
 
Expected BA
.250
 
Expected SLG
.368
 
Sprint Speed
24.8 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
39.5%
 
Line Drive %
21.2%
 
Fly Ball %
39.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2022
2021
After a career of impressive numbers in the KBO, Kim struggled to adjust to the quality of major-league pitching as he hit .160 off non-fastballs and just .230 off the hard stuff. Breaking balls were particularly troublesome for him as he saw them 30% of the time and hit .159/.178/.341 off that pitch classification. His defensive prowess was his saving grace last season. Kim showed the ability to play three positions and was even 6-for-7 in his steal attempts when he did manage to reach base. He is a bottom-of-the-order hitter in his current form, and it will be interesting to see how he and the league adjust to pitchers no longer hitting as Kim was particularly bad hitting in front of pitchers last season (.177/.241/.317). Whereas his value was inflated last season, he is more properly priced in drafts this season.
Kim is something of a rarity as a player coming over from Asia in his mid-20s. The 25-year-old was a star in the KBO, hitting .281 or better in six straight seasons while averaging 26 homers and 26 steals. This past year was his best yet, as he hit a career-high 30 HR while slashing .306/.397/.523 and stealing 23 bases. He also demonstrated excellent control of the strike zone, walking more than he struck out. Showing such a well-rounded skill set while primarily playing shortstop indicates he's definitely ready to make the jump, though there are questions that come with the step up in competition. He's likely a fringy defender at best at shortstop at the MLB level, and he won't be asked to play that position much after signing with the Padres. Kim should close to play every day between second, third and the outfield, and the major-league equivalencies paint him as a solid cross-category asset.
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Goes deep Sunday
SSSan Diego Padres
October 3, 2022
Kim went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.
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Posts 11th steal
SSSan Diego Padres
September 30, 2022
Kim went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Friday's 3-1 loss to the White Sox.
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Three hits Sunday
SSSan Diego Padres
September 25, 2022
Kim went 3-for-6 with two doubles and two runs scored in Sunday's 13-6 victory over Colorado.
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Swats 10th homer
SSSan Diego Padres
September 21, 2022
Kim went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 5-0 win against St. Louis.
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Fills stat sheet Friday
SSSan Diego Padres
September 16, 2022
Kim went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, a double, a stolen base and three total runs scored in Friday's 12-3 win over the Diamondbacks.
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