The Kia Tigers announced they will not extend the contract of Curaçaoan outfielder Roger Bernadina. The main reason is the fact that the numbers he produced in 2018 were not as good as in 2017.
After spending the 2016 season with the Las Vegas 51s (then a Mets farm team), Bernadina opted to sign with the Kia Tigers for the 2017 season. His numbers were pretty solid as he hit .320 with 178 hits of which 26 doubles, 8 triples and 27 home runs. He also drove in 111 runs and stole 32 bases.
Compared to last year, his 2018 numbers were not as good, but still rather solid though. A .310 batting average with 159 hits, 25 doubles, 3 triples, 20 home runs, 70 RBI and 20 stolen bases. The only stat that improved were the numbers of walks he drew: 41 in 2017, 63 in 2018. As a result, his OBP was the only stat that improved: .396 over .378 in 2017.
Other stats dropped significantly. His slugging percentage dropped from .540 to .487, his OPS from .918 to .883. Of all the foreign players (12 hitters) in the KBO, Roger was the fifth best hitter.
Another reason the Tigers are using to lay off Bernadina is his age. According to the club, the 34-year old is declining as he spent some time on the disabled list.
Last year, Bernadina helped the Kia Tigers to win the Korean Series with a series-best .252 batting average.