Ha-seong Kim (28, San Diego Padres) was named as the key player to lead the bottom line in San Diego in his third year in the major leagues. 

MLB.com, the official website of the Major League Baseball, had time to check the power of San Diego’s batting line in the 2023 season through an article titled “Ten Key Questions for the 5 National League Western District Clubs” on the 3rd (hereinafter Korean time). 

San Diego’s central batting line boasts powerful firepower throughout the league as well as in the Western District. After trading silver slugger Juan Soto last year, when Stove League opened, they embraced all-star shortstop Zander Bogarts, and star Fernando Tatis Jr. will return after completing a disciplinary action this year for taking banned substances. The superstars who have been collected step by step since last year will finally form a complete group this year.

MLB.com asked, “Is this the best lineup you’ve ever heard of?” Soto, Manny Machado, and Bogatz to Tatis Jr., who will return in April. There could be no more perfect quartet in baseball. Even with just these four people, I can somehow survive the season.”

Soto was mentioned as the leader of the mighty quartet. The main point to watch for the Padres batting line was whether or not he would revive, who had been sluggish with a batting average of 2.306 in 52 games after transferring last year. MLB.com said, “If Soto has a monstrous season, it will be of great help to the batting line. Even when he was a little sluggish, he showed great batting, so imagine the situation where he explodes.”

‘Veteran duo’ Nelson Cruz and Matt Carpenter add dignity to the bottom line. MLB.com said, “The Padres are also interesting in the bottom line.” “In the case of Cruise, he was disappointed last year, but he is still Cruise. It wouldn’t be too surprising if he hit 30 homers again. Also, if Carpenter plays similarly to the New York Yankees days, Trent Grisham and Jake Cronenworth step forward, and Ha-seong Kim holds firm, a truly fearful lineup will be built.”  예스벳 토토

Kim Ha-seong brilliantly filled the void left by Tatis Jr., who left last year due to an injury and banned substance 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. Although there has been a change in position in the Stove League with the addition of an outstanding shortstop named Zander Bogatz, this year, the third year, it is expected to show off its competitiveness at second base. In addition, it is expected to add more upgraded power to the lower batting line.