Good morning, Birdland!
Hyun Soo Kim is a hit machine. As of this writing, the former Orioles outfielder is hitting .355/.394/.548 with seven doubles, a triple, a home run, 10 RBI and four walks to just six strikeouts in the KBO. Even Buck Showalter would admit that those are some pretty good numbers and worthy of attention.
His latest feat came on Friday morning here in the United States, when his walk-off single with the bases loaded gave the LG Twins a 6-5 win.
Kim had his flaws during a two-year stint in MLB. There are defensive issues, and he wasn’t particularly effective on the basepaths. But that 2016 season was not a bad showing. He hit .302/.382/.420 and posted 0.9 bWAR/1.0 fWAR despite irregular playing time and adjusting to a new league.
He also hit a massive home run off of Roberto Osuna, which propelled the O’s into the playoffs.
Now 32, Kim appears unlikely to get another chance in MLB. Teams clearly didn’t think that he had enough ability to be a starter, and his struggles on defense make it almost impossible to keep him around as a fourth outfielder. Perhaps his skillset could work in a DH…