Kim Tae-kyun (2016-17 Super Star Baseball Cards Black Edition)
This week Kim Tae-kyun of the Hanhwa Eagles gets the nod in the jokbal edition. Kim, coming off of a rocky 2017 WBC after going 1-8 through 3 games, isn't the heftiest player in the KBO but he still enters the mix at 185cm tall and a weight of 110kg. I would love to share a plate of jokbal with him.
Kim began his KBO career in 2001 after being drafted by the Hanhwa Eagles in the 1st round as a 1st baseman. He got his first start in April of that year and went on to play in 88 games while posting a 0.335 average with 20 HRs and 54 RBIs. He also earned rookie of the year honors at the end of the 2001 season.
Throughout his career in professional baseball, Kim has spent 14 seasons in the KBO (all with Hanhwa) and 1 season in the NPBL playing for the Chiba Lotte Marines. In his time in the KBO he has managed to earn many top 10 finishes in stats (48 times through 2015) and he is coming off of a 2016 season where he finished 2nd in average at 0.365 and 2nd in RBI at 136. As for career stats, Kim has established himself as a hitter that is going to get a hit about 1/3rd of the time with a 0.324 average and his bat isn't absent of some pop as he has averaged close to 20 homers per season (276 HR).
Kim's Only Hit During the 2017 WBC