Kim will start at third base and bat seventh Wednesday against the Pirates.
Kim will pick up his third start in as many days, with all coming at different positions. The Padres have given maintenance days to Jake Cronenworth, Fernando Tatis and now Manny Machado to open up the at-bats for Kim, but the rookie's path to a full-time role with the big club remains blocked. With a .214/.274/.281 slash line through his first 62 plate appearances in the majors, Kim looks like he could still use some fine tuning at Triple-A El Paso.
Kim is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Pirates.
Kim will head to the bench after starting each of the past six games -- five at shortstop and one at third base -- and going 3-for-18 at the plate in that span. The Padres will shift Jake Cronenworth over to shortstop while Jurickson Profar mans the keystone, but Kim is still expected to see the bulk of the work in the middle infield while Fernando Tatis (shoulder) is on the shelf. Padres manager Jayce Tingler said Saturday that Tatis could return from the injured list as soon as this upcoming weekend.
Kim went 1-for-2 with a home run, a walk, a hit-by-pitch and an additional run scored in Saturday's 7-4 win over the Rangers.
Kim's first career home run off Jordan Lyles tied the game in the fifth inning. The Korean is receiving more playing time in Fernando Tatis Jr.'s (shoulder) absence on the injured list. Kim is getting everyday starts at shortstop to prove why he deserves to be a starter on a major-league roster. Although he is only batting .210 to start the season, he still has at least until April 16 to receive everyday at-bats until Tatis can return.
Kim will bat seventh and play shortstop Tuesday against the Giants.
Kim's role at the start of the season was unclear, as the Padres had no obvious place to get him regular at-bats. He's suddenly a far more important piece of the team's roster with Fernando Tatis Jr. set to miss an extended period with a shoulder injury. It remains to be seen whether or not he's a true everyday shortstop in Tatis' absence, but the injury should certainly open up significantly more playing time for Kim. He hit .306 with 30 homers and 23 steals in his final season before making the jump from Korea and could be a cross-category producer for fantasy teams if he gets into the lineup on a regular basis.
Kim went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Saturday's victory over the Diamondbacks.
Making his first start of the regular season, Kim knocked a single to left field in the first inning to plate Wil Myers and give the Padres a 2-0 lead. Both the hit and RBI were career MLB firsts for Kim, who came over to the majors this winter following a string of standout seasons in the KBO. The 25-year-old will likely play all over the field during the campaign as the Padres explore ways to get his bat into the lineup.
Kim will make his first career major-league start Saturday against the Diamondbacks, batting sixth and playing second base.
Kim sat for both of the Padres' first two games, finding himself on the bench against both a lefty and a righty. Just how often he'll get into the lineup this season may take some time to figure out. He may make most of his starts early on against southpaws like Saturday's starter Caleb Smith. Jake Cronenworth will slide to first base to make room for him Saturday, with Eric Hosmer getting the day off.
Kim will sit Friday against the Diamondbacks, just as he did in Thursday's season opener.
The Padres gave Kim $28 million in December, suggesting that they saw him as capable of playing a fairly important role at the MLB level. So far, he's found himself on the bench both against lefty Madison Bumgarner and righty Merrill Kelly, a pitcher he squared off against for four seasons in Korea. Kim was expected to battle for at-bats as a utility man with Jake Cronenworth and Jurickson Profar, but the Padres will trot out Cronenworth at second base and Profar in left field in both of their first two games. Kim will surely find himself in the lineup eventually, but it doesn't look like he's in line for a significant role right out of the gate.
Kim will play the outfield later this week, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
Kim returned from an illness last week and came into the game at shortstop Tuesday against Cincinnati. He has been named as a candidate to log time in the outfield this season despite the fact that he has never played there in his professional career.
Kim (illness) will start at shortstop and bat sixth in Tuesday's Cactus League game against the White Sox.
Kim missed only two days of work after coming down with the illness, so his preparation for Opening Day won't be too affected. The rookie has gone 2-for-18 with four walks and seven strikeouts through his first nine Cactus League games.
Padres manager Jayce Tinger said Kim wouldn't be available for Sunday's game against the Reds after experiencing "some aches and pains," Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Tingler seemed to imply that Kim is dealing with an illness, though the skipper was careful to note that he doesn't believe the rookie is dealing with an ailment related to COVID-19. The Padres will give Kim a day off with the hope that he'll be ready to rejoin the spring lineup early during the upcoming week. Kim, who is off to a 2-for-18 start in Cactus League play, is in contention for the Opening Day starting nod at second base, though he, Jake Cronenworth and Jurickson Profar will most likely all serve as utility men that factor into the mix for playing time at multiple spots throughout the season.
Kim could see time in the outfield in 2021, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
Kim has not logged any time in the outfield during his professional career, but he is blocked at his usual position (shortstop) by Fernando Tatis and won't see frequent time at third as long as Manny Machado is healthy. The Padres are most likely to deploy Kim at second base, though they consider him an option in the outfield if the need arises. Jake Cronenworth is also being discussed as an outfield option, and each player may ultimately end up bouncing around the field a bit during the campaign.
Kim reached a deal with the Padres on Monday, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
The 25-year-old was an all-around star in Korea, hitting .306/.397/.523 with 30 homers and 23 steals this past season, all while primarily playing shortstop. There's a Fernando-Tatis-shaped obstacle preventing him from playing that position for the Padres, however, with Manny Machado blocking third base, the other spot at which he's spent a fair amount of time. San Diego presumably wouldn't have outbid the rest of the league for his services without the intention of having him in the lineup on a regular basis somewhere, though, so it's likely he factors into the picture at second base or possibly even in the outfield. While Kim's all-around dominance in Korea probably translates more to all-around competency at the MLB level, he's still quite likely to be a useful option for the Padres and fantasy players whenever he's on the field.
Kim was formally posted by the Korea Baseball Organization's Kiwoom Heroes on Monday, making him eligible to begin negotiating with MLB teams on a contract, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
Teams will have until Jan. 1 to agree to terms on a deal with Kim, a 25-year-old shortstop who was one of the KBO's standout performers in 2020 (.306/.397/.523 slash line, 30 home runs and 23 steals across 622 plate appearances). The power/speed combination he provides from a middle-infield spot should make him an alluring target to a number of clubs, so expect the bidding for his services to be competitive over the next three weeks. The Heroes would retain Kim's rights if he's unsatisfied with the offers he receives from MLB teams before the negotiating window closes.
Kim has not yet been posted, as MLB is seeking additional medical information from the Kiwoom Heroes of the KBO, Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News reports.
The 30-day negotiating period for teams to try to sign Kim has not officially begun. It is unclear when that will happen, but the assumption is that he will still sign with a big-league club this offseason. Kim, 25, is a shortstop with power and speed who has performed as one of the best players in the KBO for the past several years. He hit .306/.397/.523 with 30 home runs and 23 steals (on 25 attempts) in 622 plate appearances for Kiwoom this past season.
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