He became a player who conquered second baseman and shortstop.
Kim Hye-seong (23, Kiwoom Heroes) won the Golden Glove in the second baseman category in 2022. Having won the Golden Glove for shortstop last year, he became the first player in the KBO League to receive both the second baseman and shortstop Golden Glove.
Kim Hye-seong, who stands tall as a top-notch infielder, once had a unique experience playing as an outfielder. In the 2020 season, Kiwoom hired Kim Hye-seong as an outfielder while recruiting infielder Edison Russell (28, Kiwoom) as a substitute for Taylor Motor (33, Kiwoom).
At the time, Kiwoom’s infield was saturated with Kim Hye-seong, Seo Gun-chang (33, LG Twins), Kim Ha-seong (27, San Diego Padres), and Russell. In order to maximize offense, Kim Hye-seong was played as a left fielder.
Kim Hye-seong, who played as shortstop and second baseman, started in left field for the first time in his debut against the Gocheok Doosan Bears on July 2, 2020. On this day, he showed off a diving catch that caught Kim Jae-hwan (34, Doosan)’s hit ball, and even showed off his first hobi as a left fielder, receiving applause.
However, his lack of outfield experience contributed to his postseason loss. On November 2, 2020, in the first game of the wild card match against the LG Twins, Kiwoom led 3-2 at the end of the 13th inning, leading hitter Lee Hyeong-jong (33, Kiwoom) hit the ball while trying to force a diving catch and missed it. The ball that could have been blocked with a single hit led to a double hit, putting him in a crisis situation with second base safely. Pitchers failed to keep the lead and knelt after being hit by Shin Min-jae (26, LG). 토토사이트
In the 2020 season, Kim Hye-seong defended in various positions, including second baseman (441⅔ innings), shortstop (322 innings), left fielder (291⅔ innings), third baseman (58 innings), and right fielder (1 innings). As he moved in and out of the field, he complied with a batting average of 2.8 5 Lee (142 hits in 499 at-bats), 7 homers, 25 stolen bases, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.744 in 142 games.
After going through the days of 2020, when he was an icon of sacrifice, Kim Hye-seong settled down as a shortstop and second baseman last year and this year, respectively, and grew into an award winner who won golden gloves for two consecutive years.