San Diego Padres second baseman Ha Sung Kim’s defense is Gold Glove caliber. The numbers prove it.
On June 9, the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) released its SABR Defensive Index (SDI) rankings through June 4 local time on its website.
According to the results, Kim posted 메이저놀이터 an SDI of 6.0. This is the fourth-best in the entire National League, behind Keybrian Hayes (Pittsburgh, 7.7), Fernando Tatis Jr. (San Diego, 6.6), and Dansby Swanson (Cubs, 6.4).
Kim’s defense is even more impressive when you look at just the National League second basemen. He’s nearly double Estrada (San Francisco, 3.0) for second place.
Now in the third year of a four-year contract with the Padres, Kim has established himself as an integral part of the team with his steady defense every game. Not only does he play second base, but he also plays third base and shortstop.
And the numbers show that this abstract concept of good defense is not a myth.
Doing well in the metrics selected by SABR means something special. This is because these metrics are used to select Gold Glove winners. The Gold Glove is voted on by managers and coaches, with 25% of the vote going to SABR’s defensive metrics.
If Kim keeps up his defense, he could win his first Gold Glove. He was a finalist for the Gold Glove at shortstop in the National League last year, but lost out to Swanson.
Meanwhile, in the American League, Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier was recognized as the best defensive player in the American League with a 6.1 SDI.
He was followed by Luis Robert Jr. (White Sox, 6.0), Alex Verdugo (Boston, 5.9), Ramon Laureano (Oakland, 5.5), and Wander Franco (Tampa Bay, 5.3).