Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego) is shining at the plate. It’s no exaggeration to say that he has one of the best on-base percentages in recent memory. After Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels), he broke Freddie Freeman’s (LA Dodgers) record.안전놀이터
Kim started at third base against Colorado at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, on March 3 and went 2-for-3 with a home run, two doubles, one walk, and three RBIs in the team’s 11-1 victory. San Diego, which has become a “buyer” in the trade market without giving up on the postseason despite not having a .500 winning percentage, is now 54-55.
Kim’s ability to get on base has shined. Since mid-June, Kim has been on a steep batting upswing and has been the team’s leadoff man ever since. And he’s been driving in runs like crazy from the leadoff spot. With Kim taking over the No. 1 spot, the Dodgers will be able to bat their existing players down one spot in the batting order to get more explosiveness from the No. 1 through No. 5 spots.
It started well in the first inning. He got off to a good start with a leadoff home run to left-center field off left-hander Kyle Freeland, his 15th home run of the season. With 20 stolen bases already, Kim took another step toward becoming the first major leaguer to join the 20-20 club.
The fresh start was followed by a walk in his second at-bat in the third inning, a single to left in his third at-bat in the fifth inning, and a walk in his final at-bat in the ninth inning to complete his four-hit game. His season batting average jumped to 0.284 from 0.281, and his on-base percentage jumped to 0.380 from 0.374.
Kim Ha-seong set a major league all-season record on this day. That’s two or more doubles in consecutive games. Since going 4-for-3 at Detroit on July 23, Kim has had at least two hits in 11 consecutive games. You can get one hit with a little bit of luck, but two or more is clearly a skill. This is the best time in Kim’s major league career.
The previous record for this category was 10 games, held by Freddie Freeman (LA Dodgers). One of the league’s best hitters, Freeman had 10 consecutive games with two or more doubles from May 19-29, 2023. Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Dodgers), Zack Swinski (Pittsburgh), and Isaac Paredes (Tampa Bay) are tied for third with nine games. Kim has surpassed Ohtani and Freeman to become the highest-ranked player in the major leagues.
In the last three years, Kim’s record is also tied for first. Since 2021, only two players have recorded at least two doubles in 11 consecutive games. Paul Goldschmidt (St. Louis) had an 11-game streak from July 4-20, 2021, and Yandy Dias (Tampa Bay) had an 11-game streak from August 29-September 12 last year. Kim is right up there with them.
If Ha-Sung Kim has two or more doubles in his next game, he’ll be the best player to do so in the last three years. Given that Kim’s power has been at its peak lately, he’s more likely to get two or more steals if he starts instead of pinch-hitting.
In those 11 games, Kim has 48 at-bats and is batting an insane 0.472 with a 0.604 slugging percentage, 0.833 on-base percentage, and 1.437 OPS. He’s totaled 17 hits and drawn 12 walks. On the other hand, he only has two strikeouts. Throw in four home runs, and you’ve got a pretty good indication that he’s not just a “ticker”.