The Yankees have placed infielder Hoy Jun Park on the team’s taxi squad, according to The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler (via Twitter). Reporter Daniel Kim (Twitter link) said earlier today that Park was being called up to the Yankees, and such a move could quite possibly still be imminent, given that infielder Gio Urshela is reportedly in COVID-19 protocol. Park is not on New York’s 40-man roster, though the team has roster space available and won’t need to make a corresponding move if/when Park’s contract is officially selected.
Though MLB Pipeline doesn’t rank Park among the Yankees’ top 30 prospects, the Seoul native has been crushing Triple-A pitching this season, batting .325/.475/.541 with eight home runs over 206 plate appearances. This is a marked increase from Park’s numbers in five previous minor league seasons, as he offered some good on-base skills but little in the way of power. Even with this year’s Triple-A dominance factored in, Park has a pretty modest .254/.366/.369 slash line over 2411 career PA in New York’s farm system.
Still, there’s no real risk for the Yankees in riding the hot hand, especially since the club may need some roster reinforcements in short order. Kim doesn’t know if Park’s call-up is specifically related to the COVID situation, as Park’s Triple-A numbers were already making a strong case for a promotion.
An international signing back in July 2014, Park offers some added value to the Yankees beyond his bat. Park has 116 stolen bases (from 152 chances) in the the minors, and he has displayed some defensive versatility — mostly a second baseman and shortstop during his six pro seasons, Park has also received a handful of games as a third baseman, left fielder, and center fielder. This could indicate an opportunity for Park to supplant either Rougned Odor or Tyler Wade for backup infield duty, if he indeed gets a look on the Major League roster.
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Let’s see what he can do. Much needed left handed bat in this lineup. Hopefully we can move runners and hit and run a bit.
The bar is Odor’s production. If he can approach that then with the ability to play SS and OF Odor becomes yesterday’s news.
Odor has had a league average bat. Park is cheap and controllable like Wade, and Wade has never even approached league average production. I think Wade is more likely to get cut if Park proves to be a respectable utility option
Someone in a previous thread was asking why they didn’t promote this dude.. well, their wish has been granted..
Really excited about this kid like probably a lot of Yankee fans are. Hoy Jun Park welcome to the Yankees! Hopefully, you are here to stay.
I’m excited to see what he can bring to the Yankees. He’s left-handed and can steal bases as well. I hope he has a strong arm for when he plays the outfield if given the opportunity.
As a Red Sox fan I do need to ask. Is he:
Hoy “to the world” Jun Park
Hoy Jun “guns” Park
Hoy Jun “inside the” Park
If only he played with the BoSox. Then he would absolutely be Hoy Jun Park “the car on Harvard Yard.”
Good effort, but a swing and a miss, Tim.
You’re not actually from Boston, are you?
Wellesley truth be told — born at Brigham if that counts for anything..
I’m 49 so I miss the era when Bermanism were fun.
Brantley will probably also get the call to back up Sanchez, as the #2 catcher
I’ll take Duran & Houck as call-ups over Park and Brantley any day of the week! Park is an intriguing prospect, but Duran is a potential game changer for Boston. Houck looked really good against NY last year too. Not sure how much impact Brantley will have on the Yankees staff.
I wished Yankees kept Chrinos. Any idea if Adam Warren will get another shot?
Brantly is due a longer look in the Majors imo
For what? Both Sanchez and HIggy are thankfully healthy..
Higgy is also on the COVID dl.
Their triple A team was a beast and now the Yankees are just plucking away. Wilkes-Barre has nothing to look forward to now
If players keep getting promoted, doesn’t that mean the staff in Scranton are doing their jobs? No player ever stops in AAA and says I want to win a championship here I think.
If your a minor leaguer do you prefer to be in the majors and play part time or possibly win a Championship in the minors?
Well, for any player this year, their odds of winning a AAA championship are 0% since there’s no minor league postseason this year. My River Cats reign supreme for yet another year.
What does this mean? Is he really
Driving a taxi?
Yes he’s driving his taxi from Scranton to the Bronx……lol
Yes. It’s meant to keep them humble and gives them an opportunity to interact with the fans in a more personal way.
Oddly it only seems to happen with Asian players though.