Two Korean big leaguers, Ha-seong Kim (San Diego Padres) and Ji-man Choi (Pittsburgh Pirates), were included in the starting lineup for the opening game of the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) projected by MLB.com.
On the 15th (Korean time), MLB.com predicted the starting lineup and starting pitcher rotation (five per team) for the opening game of 30 major league teams.
Kim Ha-seong, who returned to the United States with the regret of being eliminated early after participating as a Korean representative in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), plans to play second baseman in San Diego this season.
MLB.com predicted Kim Ha-seong’s opening batting order to be 6th.
San Diego will open the game against the Colorado Rockies on March 31 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. 메이저놀이터
Kim Ha-seong, who entered the big leagues in 2021 and played a backup role, played as the main shortstop last year, filling in for Fernando Tatis Jr., who was suspended from business trips for taking banned substances for injuries.
Ha-seong Kim’s batting performance rose from 117 games in 2021 with a batting average of 0.202 (54 hits in 267 bats), 8 home runs, 34 RBIs, and 6 steals to a batting average of 0.251 (130 hits in 517 bats), 11 home runs, 59 RBIs, and 12 steals in 150 games in 2022. .
As San Diego recruited Sander Bohartz, the top shortstop in the major leagues, Kim Ha-seong moved to second base, but he is expected to keep his starting position.