(GAME DATE — Aug. 11, 2020) — Injuries are something every team has to deal with. That fact struck home for the Motorheads when after today’s game against the Admirals, the club found out they would be without the services of Dong-kyoon Kim for at least 5 weeks. After the game, his manager said of the incident, “You hate to lose anyone to injury. That’s always a negative.” Kim was injured earlier today running the bases and suffered a sprained ankle.
So far on the season the high-flying Kim is hitting .338 with 18 home runs, 72 RBIs and 93 runs scored. He has 142 hits and played in 113 games.
Kim, who entered the Bull League as an international free agent from South Korea in 2017, has been a consistent menace to Lake League pitchers this season, and is currently the WAR leader among batters, at 6.4. Established veterans like Barrett Block (Minneapolis), Lou Bricknell (Ohio), Jose Castaneda (Ohio), and Chris Dow (Milwaukee) have all given up hits to the young second baseman at a .300 or higher clip over his career.
As if his bat wasn’t enough to contend with, Detroit has benefited from his defense quite a lot this year. Kim leads LL second basemen with 127 double plays, and his range (5.37), zone rating (6.7) and efficiency (1.053) top all others at that position as well.
The next few weeks without Kim in the lineup will be challenging for Detroit to say the least. They are 4½ games behind the Toronto Nomads for the second wild card spot with a month and a half left on the schedule.