Sang-hoon Kim

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Sang-hoon Kim (김상훈)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 203 lb.

Sang-hoon Kim has been the starting catcher for the KIA Tigers for almost a decade.

Kim played for South Korea in the 1999 Asian Championship. He debuted in the Korea Baseball Organization in 2000 with the Tigers, then the Haitai Tigers, and hit .234/~.269/.326 with 52 strikeouts in 184 AB. In 2001, he hit .260/~.312/.336 for the Tigers. He hit .391/.500/.478 as the starting backstop for South Korea at the 2001 Baseball World Cup.

Kim batted only .221/.268/.314 for the 2002 Tigers. He played for South Korea in the 2002 Asian Games. He rebounded in 2003 to hit .279/~.331/.388. In 2004, his batting line was .262/~.322/.378. He hit .235/~.301/.342 in the 2005 season and .234/~.296/.297 in 2006.

In 2007, the Korea University alumnus hit .263/~.320/.344. He only played 35 games for KIA in 2008, batting .267/~.315/.372. Back as a starter by 2009, he hit .230/.316/.361. He still won a Gold Glove as the best overall catcher in the league that year.