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Kim had a very poor 2017, putting up a 61 wRC+ in limited playing time with the Orioles and Phillies. Combined with below-average defense in the outfield corners, it added up to -1.1 fWAR. He produced an above-average batting line in 2016 and had a reputation as an on-base... read more
Kim had a very poor 2017, putting up a 61 wRC+ in limited playing time with the Orioles and Phillies. Combined with below-average defense in the outfield corners, it added up to -1.1 fWAR. He produced an above-average batting line in 2016 and had a reputation as an on-base machine in Korea. Indeed he maintained an above-average walk rate (9.2 percent) even when nothing else was going well for him last year. However, Kim provides very little power (seven homers in 585 career plate appearances) or speed (just one career steal), and his performance is trending downward as he enters his age-30 season. Kim has decided to return to Korea in 2018.
LEAGUE: Foreign    BATS: L    Throws: L    HT: 6'2"    WT: 210 lbs.    DOB: 1/12/1988    College: None    Drafted: 2015Show Contract
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Hyun Soo Kim Contract Info:
Signed a four-year, $10.58 million deal with the LG Twins of the KBO in December of 2017.
Returns to Korea
OFFree Agent  F
December 18, 2017
Kim signed a four-year, $10.58 million deal to return to Korea and play for the LG Twins of the KBO, Sports Seoul reports.
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  1. Hyun Soo Kim 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Hyun Soo Kim 2017 Preseason Outlook
    Kim's 2016 season did not exactly get off to the best of starts. He looked so lost in spring training that there were rumors the team was looking for ways to get out of his two-year deal and send him back to Korea. Then a funny thing happened along the way -- Kim started hitting. He ended the season with a .302/.382/.420 slash line -- impressive for someone that looked completely overmatched throughout all of spring training. Part of that success was due to the team limiting his exposure to lefties because he cannot hit them -- he was literally 0-for-the-season (across 23 plate appearances) against lefties. He has a good approach at the plate and makes strong contact when he is in the game, but his upside is limited because any exposure to lefties would only drag down his average. He has only shown doubles power to date so his value is tied to his batting average.
  3. Hyun Soo Kim 2016 Preseason Outlook
    Kim, who turned 28 in January, signed a two-year, $7 million deal with the Orioles — a team in desperate need of outfield help. In 141 games in the Korean Baseball Organization last year, Kim hit 28 homers and notched 128 RBI while also getting on base at a .438 clip. Those numbers made him a superstar in the KBO, but he is unlikely to be that kind of impact player stateside. That said, anyone with Kim’s approach (more walks than strikeouts in Korea) and above average raw power should be able to carve out a semi-regular role on a team like Baltimore. The O’s have Nolan Reimold, Dariel Alvarez, L.J. Hoes and Henry Urrutia hanging around as outfield options on either side of Adam Jones, and there is no reason to think Kim cannot emerge from that underwhelming collection of spare parts as the everyday option in left field. There is not much hype around Kim, but he has a clearer path to playing time than Byung-ho Park in Minnesota.
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Returns to Korea
OFFree Agent  F
December 18, 2017
Kim signed a four-year, $10.58 million deal to return to Korea and play for the LG Twins of the KBO, Sports Seoul reports.
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Two hits Tuesday
OFPhiladelphia Phillies  F
September 6, 2017
Kim started in left field Tuesday and went 2-for-5 with a run scored in a 9-1 win over the Mets.
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Starts third straight game Thursday
OFPhiladelphia Phillies  F
August 4, 2017
Kim went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Angels.
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Will be used in bench role
OFPhiladelphia Phillies  F
July 29, 2017
GM Matt Klentak said Kim will likely be used as a bench player, Gordie Jones of CSN Philadelphia reports.
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Dealt to Phillies
OFBaltimore Orioles  F
July 28, 2017
Kim was traded to the Phillies, along with minor-leaguer Garrett Cleavinger and international signing bonus slots, for Jeremy Hellickson and cash considerations Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.
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