Ha-Seong Kim Stats
- Height / Weight
- 5' 9" / 168 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 10/17/1995 (25)
Ha-Seong Kim Season Stats
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Ha-Seong Kim News
San Diego Padres infielder Ha-Seong Kim went 2-for-4 with an RBI single Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 25-year-old former KBO star recorded his first big league knock by driving in outfielder Wil Myers in the first inning. Kim struggled with contact issues during spring training but paid dividends in his first career start. Brimming with power and speed potential, Kim's playing time remains uncertain with second baseman Jake Cronenworth off to an excellent start. He's a stash in deeper and NL-only formats but is tough to roster on fantasy squads with limited benches.
San Diego Padres second baseman Ha-Seong Kim is in the lineup for his first career start on Saturday, where he will bat sixth against Caleb Smith and the Diamondbacks. Kim struck out in his first career plate appearance after being substituted in late in the game on Opening Day, but in seven years playing in the Korean Baseball Organization, he displayed 25-homer, 25-steal potential. It remains to be seen how much of that will translate to MLB, but he did struggle some in Spring Training where he slashed .167/.314/.167 in 19 games,
San Diego Padres infielder Ha-Seong Kim will take outfield reps in the closing days of spring training. With starting center fielder Trent Grisham (hamstring) questionable for Opening Day, the Friars are experimenting positions, potentially shifting Tommy Pham or Jurickson Profar to center. Kim played shortstop and third base across seven seasons in the KBO, but he's expected to primarily platoon with Jake Cronenworth at the keystone. Kim mashed 30 homers with 23 steals and a .920 OPS last season in Korea but has hit just .103 with 11 strikeouts in 33 plate appearances this spring. Brimming with potential, the 25-year-old's ADP has dipped to 233 due to the uncertain playing time. Any versatility he develops should boost his stock throughout the season.
San Diego Padres shortstop/second baseman Ha-Seong Kim comes over to the United States in 2021 after a successful career in Korea. The 25-year-old slashed .306/.397/.523 with 30 home runs and 23 steals last season, showing off his power/speed skills. He also has experience at third base and will be a utility infielder for the Friars, but most of his playing time is expected to come at second base while sharing time with Jake Cronenworth and Jurickson Profar. There's a lot to like about Kim's skill set with the lumber and on the bases, and he's just 25 years old, but until we have a better idea of how much playing time he'll receive, it's hard to recommend him as anything more than a modest middle-infield power/speed threat in the later rounds of mixed leagues. Spring Training production doesn't typically matter but it's important for a player like Kim, who's competing for playing time. Kim and Cronenworth have roughly taken the same amount of at-bats this spring with 26 and 28 AB's, respectively. Cronenworth is slashing .321/.406/.429 to Kim's .115/.233/.115. They'll open the season in a platoon but it wouldn't be surprising to see Kim take more of a backseat to Cronenwroth, at least to start. Although he'll likely hit near the bottom of the San Diego batting order when he is in the lineup, Kim could have more chances to drive in and score runs in the loaded Padres lineup. He's still an attractive fantasy option at second base, which isn't very deep.