HOY PARK, SHORTSTOP
Born: April 7, 1996
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 175
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2014, Yankees
How Acquired: Trade (with Yankees)
Country: South Korea
Agent: N/A
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
The Yankees signed Park out of South Korea for a large bonus.  His calling card is excellent strike zone judgment, as he rarely chases pitches out of the zone.  Prior to 2021, he showed little power, but he suddenly started hitting for significant power in AAA.  How real that power might be remains to be seen; according to FanGraphs, the analytics suggest it mostly isn’t.  Park has played mostly short and second, and the Pirates believe he can handle either.  The Yankees called him up very briefly, then outrighted him.  He cleared waivers and a few days later, the Pirates traded for him after they and all the other teams in baseball had passed on him.

2015
R+:  239/351/383, 222 AB, 11 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 34 BB, 50 K, 12-19 SB

Park hit decently in his debut in advanced rookie ball.  He drew a lot o walks but also struck out a lot for the amount of power he produced.  He played short exclusively.  Baseball America rated him 25th in the Yankees’ system.

2016
A:  225/336/339, 435 AB, 15 2B, 12 3B, 2 HR, 67 BB, 120 K, 32-35 SB

In full-season ball, Park’s hitting dropped off some and he had trouble with strikeouts.  He did do quite well stealing bases.  The Yankees played him at short and second.

2017
A:  262/358/367, 324 AB, 6 2B, 5 3B, 6 HR, 39 BB, 63 K, 18-25 SB
A+:  213/315/330, 94 AB, 6 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 13 BB, 14 K, 7-7 SB

The Yankees sent Park back to low A where his hitting returned to 2015 levels.  He spent the last month at high A.  Park split his time between second and short.

2018
A+:  258/387/349, 341 AB, 9 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 68 BB, 69 K, 18-23 SB

In high A for a full season, Park showed outstanding plate discipline but didn’t hit with much authority.  It was the pitching-dominated Florida State League, so some allowance has to be made for that.

2019
AA:  272/363/370, 416 AB, 20 2B, 6 3B, 3 HR, 57 BB, 91 K, 20-30 SB

In AA, Park continued along the same lines, this time playing more second than short.

2020
DNP

Park didn’t play during the pandemic season.

2021
AA (NYY):  194/316/323, 31 AB, 1 2B, 1 HR, 6 BB, 3 K, 3-3 SB
AAA (NYY):  327/475/567, 171 AB, 9 2B, 1 3B, 10 HR, 46 BB, 46 K, 8-12 SB
MLB (NYY):  000/000/000, 1 AB

Park apparently had a huge breakout season in AAA.  His played at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where the park depresses power, so that wasn’t it.  He continued to show outstanding plate discipline.  Park played all over the infield and a little in center.  The Yankees called him up very briefly in July.  He got one AB in the majors, then was outrighted to AAA.  Park cleared waivers and a few days later went to the Pirates for Clay Holmes.

Park adds to the Pirates’ massive stockpile of utility infielders.  With Adam Frazier gone, he could get at least a short-term chance to play second, but the Pirates would have to get over their obsession with Erik Gonzalez.  Park would have been eligible for minor league free agency after the season, but the Pirates called him up a few days after the trade.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2021: Major league minimum
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $1,000,000
MiLB Debut: 2015
MLB Debut: 7/16/2021
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2027
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: 7/16/2021
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
July 2, 2014: Signed by the New York Yankees as an international free agent.
July 16, 2021: Contract purchased by the New York Yankees.
July 21, 2021:
Outrighted to AAA by the New York Yankees.
July 26, 2021:
Traded by the New York Yankees with Diego Castillo to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Clay Holmes.
July 31, 2021:
Called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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