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Monday, December 28, 2020

Padres reach deal with Ha-seong Kim, per report

Kim, 25, was one of the KBO’s most consistent performers and the top player the league posted this offseason. The 5-foot-9, 167-pound infielder has a .294/.373/.493 slash line with 133 homers over seven seasons with the KBO’s Kiwoom Heroes and posted a career-best .306/.397/.523 slash line with 30 homers in 2020.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Padres utilize Kim, who has experience at all four infield positions but has only played shortstop and third base since 2015. He’s certainly not going to see much action at either of those positions with San Diego’s best two players being third baseman Manny Machado and shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. It also seems unlikely that there would be much of an opportunity at second base with Jake Cronenworth, who finished second in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2020, holding that position down

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 28, 2020 at 02:33 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. salvomania Posted: December 28, 2020 at 03:37 PM (#5996264)
I guess if you can handle shortstop you could play somewhere in the outfield. Or maybe both he and Cronenworth can provide mix-and-match potential at several positions.
   2. John Northey Posted: December 28, 2020 at 03:37 PM (#5996265)
As a Jays fan all I can say is 'dang it'. Well, and keep it clean for the site :)
   3. The Duke Posted: December 28, 2020 at 03:48 PM (#5996267)
Cronenworth is going to the Cubs in the Darvish trade
   4. Walt Davis Posted: December 28, 2020 at 03:56 PM (#5996268)
Anybody know what KBO translation produces? I see Eric Thames hit something like 350/440/700 over there but that was quite a few years ago now. I'd guess that career line doesn't translate better than about 265/340/420 which would be pretty good for a 2B.

I had assumed Choi had been in the KBO but he was signed by the Ms at age 18 back in 2009, became a minor-league FA and bounced around organizations for a couple of years before landing with the Rays where he's done just fine.
   5. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 28, 2020 at 03:59 PM (#5996269)
Cronenworth isn't really a sure thing. He's already 27, and came out of nowhere in AAA in 2019. I'd want to have another option if I was going all in on 2021. Pretty good chance Kim beats him out for 2B.
   6. alilisd Posted: December 28, 2020 at 07:27 PM (#5996297)
Cronenworth isn't really a sure thing. He's already 27, and came out of nowhere in AAA in 2019.


Agree any 26 year old rookie is not a sure thing, even with a strong debut, but he didn't really come out of nowhere as I look at him. He looks like a pretty good hitter at Michigan, then shows good BA and OBP skills his first two years in the minors while steadily moving up from A to high A in year 1, then high A to AA in year 2. For some reason he struggled a bit with his next season at AA, could be injury related as it looks like he missed a few games, but then bounced back and crushed AAA with a big increase in power. I wouldn't bet on him having a long successful career though, just doesn't really quite look like he came out of nowhere. Definitely agree with you it's a good idea to get someone like Kim in to compete with him. If he succeeds, great, if not hopefully he can be a useful piece off the bench (probably what he's best suited for long term).
   7. Gch Posted: December 29, 2020 at 12:03 AM (#5996325)
Anybody know what KBO translation produces? I see Eric Thames hit something like 350/440/700 over there but that was quite a few years ago now. I'd guess that career line doesn't translate better than about 265/340/420 which would be pretty good for a 2B.


Dan posted translations and a projection back in October.

ZiPS has his 2019 translation as .289/.355/.475 and .274/.345/.478 for his 2020 season. ZiPS projects him to hit .274/.343/.477 next year (117 OPS+) with the projection staying almost identical from 2022-2025, except the slugging percentage creeps up to .490. That's good for 4 WAR/season, assuming average defense at shortstop. I'm not sure I believe those numbers, but Dan's summary is fairly glowing.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: December 30, 2020 at 12:47 AM (#5996542)
If he's really just 167 lbs, I'll take the under on the 200 ISO. I know Altuve (166 lbs listed) has sailed past that once and Mookie's listed weight isn't much heavier and he's sailed past 3 straight years now and everybody ISOs at least 200 now but I'll still take the underon the ISO or the over on the listed weight.

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