“Hitting a 156km fastball for a home run…” U.S. spotlights Kim Hae-sung’s 3-home run blitz
“It was an impressive moment when Kim hit a 97-mph pitch for a home run”
Kim “Awesome Kim” Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres) has been on a roll lately, and the local media in the United States has taken notice.
Kim has been on a tear lately. He went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 28, the same day he met Bae Ji-hwan.
After hovering around the single digits in late April, Kim’s batting average has skyrocketed to .258 for the season. For the season, Kim is batting .258 with a .348 on-base percentage, .400 slugging percentage, and .748 OPS, along with eight home runs, 28 RBIs, and 13 doubles.
Tom Krasovich, a columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune, noted that Kim recently hit a 97-mph (156-kilometer) fastball for a home run.
“Even though it didn’t change the course of the game, it was impressive to see him hit a 97-mph fastball for a home run,” said Krasovich. “Of course, he’s not the best at handling fastballs, but he’s done a good job over the past few weeks,” he added, noting that Kim’s development continues to improve.
In the bottom of the seventh inning of San Diego’s 8-1 loss at home to the Washington Nationals on April 26, Kim hit a five-seam 97 mph fastball from right-hander Jordan Weems for a solo home run to left field with runners on 2B and 2S. It was Kim’s eighth home run of the season. It shows that he has developed the ability to handle fiery fastballs.
Meanwhile, MLB Network also highlighted Kim’s recent success. On the 29th, MLB Network introduced Kim’s last 12 games on their official social media accounts. “In his last 12 games, Kim is batting .395 (17-for-43) with three home runs, nine RBIs, nine runs scored, and an OPS of 1.075,” MLB Network wrote, referring to Kim as one of the hottest bats in the major leagues.온라인바카라
After batting .202 with eight home runs, 34 RBIs and six doubles in 2021, his first season in the majors, Kim improved on that performance last year, batting .251 with 11 home runs, 59 RBIs and 12 doubles. This year, he’s on pace to surpass last year’s numbers. He already has a career-high in stolen bases and is on pace to hit 16 home runs.