MASN: Wrapping up a 9-3 win
Hyun Soo Kim collected two hits and is now 5-for-34 this spring, with one walk and two hit by pitches. He has five hits in his last 10 at-bats and he's reached base in eight of his last 16 plate appearances.
"I talked to him a little yesterday when we got back," Showalter said. "Not him, but his interpreter (Danny Lee) and him. It's tough with interpreters, because most of them haven't played the game. It's kind of like the context that you're putting something in in baseball mentality, you don't always know if it's being translated. And it's tough. Sometimes the translator you have means a lot. We found that with (Wei-Yin) Chen.
"Having (Hee-seop) Choi there in the meeting last night (helped). His English isn't a whole lot better, but at least he comprehends what I'm trying to get across to (Kim). If he fires a fastball down the left field line, that's OK."
Kim worked the count and collected two hits - and infield single and a ball that deflected off the glove of leaping shortstop Jordy Mercer.
"I was showing him some tape last night of his at-bats in Korea and he actually had two or three of those at-bats today just like that, so I don't expect him to come out here and take batting practice like that group he was in," Showalter said. "Looking back on it, probably wasn't a good idea. But today was the first time, not the first time, but overall at-bats looked like the guy that we had seen. I'm anxious to see where it goes, but he had a good look in his eye today."