Ha-seong Kim (28, San Diego Padres) was ranked 254th in the MLB.com Fantasy Draft. 

This ranking is a virtual draft ranking for fantasy game users. Every year, it comes out just before and after the opening of spring camp. Ryu Hyun-jin, one of the most successful’Korean Big Leaguers’, ranked first in the National League’s ERA (2.32) in the 2019 season, but in this ranking in 2021, he received a shabby ranking of 85th overall and 26th as a starting pitcher. In the 2018 season, which was his first season recovering from injury, he recorded an earned run average of 1.97 in 15 games, but in the rankings announced in February 2020, he was only ranked 120th overall and 33rd as a starter. It’s not a reliable ranking anyway. 

Only Kim Ha-seong was named as the Korean big leaguer this year. The overall ranking is 254th. The shortstop ranking was 23rd. MLB.com also shared the predicted performance of the prediction program Steamer, and Ha-seong Kim was expected to record 14 homers, 55 RBIs, 66 points, 10 stolen bases, and OPS (sum of on-base percentage and slugging percentage) of 0.713 in the 2023 season. Kim Ha-seong played 150 games last season, recording 11 homers, 59 RBIs, 58 points, and 12 stolen bases for an OPS of 0.708. 

When the number of members of each team’s starting lineup is 10 (including pitchers), it is true that Ha-seong Kim was recognized as the main player. However, his ranking doesn’t seem to reflect the extent to which he has contributed to his team. Shortstop was also ranked 23rd overall. In the article introducing this position by group, it was not even mentioned because it was not listed in the 4th tier.  스포츠토토

CJ Abrams, a former prospect who moved to the Washington Nationals after being pushed by Kim Ha-seong, was ranked 251st overall and 22nd at shortstop, ahead of Kim Ha-seong. Of course, the ranking reflects the potential and growth potential of young players, but it seems inappropriate for Ha-seong Kim, who led his team San Diego to the National League (NL) Championship Series last season, to be ranked behind Abrams.

1 shortstop was Trey Turner (Philadelphia), who took 1st overall. Kansas City Royals A-class prospect Bobby Whit Jr. ranked second, and Ryu Hyun-jin’s colleague Bo Bisset ranked third. 

The biggest reason these rankings are questionable is that Fernando Tanis Jr. is ranked fourth at shortstop. He is likely to turn to the outfield this season. He faces a drug ban, but Steamer’s projected performance was 35 home runs and 91 RBI. 

5th is Francisco Lindor (New York Mets) 6th Corey Seager (Texas Rangers) 7th Dansby Swanson (Chicago Cubs) 8th O’Neal Cruz (Pittsburgh Pirates) 9th Xander Bogaerts (San Diego) 10th Wander Franco Tampa Bay Rays).

Second baseman Tommy Edman (St. Louis Cardinals), who will represent Korea in the World Baseball Classic (WBC), ranked 83rd overall and 5th second baseman. He was projected to record 13 homers, 62 RBI, 86 points and 27 stolen bases. 

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