‘Changed phase’ Kim Ha-seong, starting leadoff from the opening game… ESPN Predictions

The status of Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres), ahead of the third major league season, has changed dramatically. Now, he is a confident main player, not a backup. 

On the 28th (hereinafter Korean time), ESPN, an American sports channel, predicted and ranked the batting line for each team of 30 major league clubs in the 2023 season. 

The San Diego Padres lineup to which Kim Ha-seong belongs took first place overall. The lineup predicted by ESPN is Ha-Sung Kim (2nd baseman), Juan Soto (right fielder), Manny Machado (3rd baseman), Xander Bogaerts (shortstop), Jake Cronenworth (1st baseman), Nelson Cruz (designated hitter), Matt Carpenter. (left fielder) – Austin Nola (catcher) – Trent Grisham (center fielder). Ha-seong Kim, who has been evaluated as a backup every offseason, proudly put his name on the starting leadoff spot.

ESPN said about the San Diego lineup, “It’s not just a collection of players with name value. They can do everything well,” he said. “When members stay healthy and show off their skills properly, the Padres lineup will display the best offense ever.”  먹튀검증

There was also mention of Fernando Tatis Jr., who is being disciplined for taking a banned substance. The media said, “The name missing from the expected lineup for the opening match is Tatis Jr. He will return on April 20 after being suspended for taking prohibited drugs.” “In that case, San Diego will have four MVP-level players. It is truly an amazing talent.”

Kim Ha-seong brilliantly filled the gap left by Tatis Jr., who left last year due to an injury and a banned drug discovery during his second year in the big leagues. In 150 games, batting average of .251, 11 homers, 59 RBIs, OPS of .708, and outstanding defense, he was nominated for the National League Gold Glove. Of course, the addition of outstanding shortstop Zander Bogatz in the Stove League has changed his position, but he is expected to take over second base for San Diego this year.

Meanwhile, Choi Ji-man, who transferred to the Pittsburgh Pirates, took the 4th first baseman position in the Pirate Corps. He plays the cleanup trio with No. 3 Ke Brian Hayes (third baseman) and No. 5 Andrew McCutchen (left fielder). 

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