Hey guys, I took a run down to Greenville last night to see the Drive (Red Sox) take on the Charleston Riverdogs (Yankees). It was my 1st look at the Riverdogs this season and they’re definitely in the upper echelon talent wise. Today I’m going to do two 1st impression articles, 1st up is shortstop/2nd baseman Hoy Jun Park and he’ll be followed by shortstop Kyle Holder.
Hoy Jun Park, age 20, he’s listed 6’1″ 175 lbs, he bats left and throws right. Park was a high profile signee out of Korea in 2014. Receiving $1.1 million from the Yankees.
Park is long and very lean, I guessed on the field last night that he was 6’1″ 170 lbs. There’s some projection left but it’ll be interesting to see how much more muscle his body could carry. I suspect he’s going to stay thin.
At the dish Park has an upright closed stance, he’s very quiet in the batters box. His swing is linear and a little long but he’s got excellent bat speed and showed feel for the barrel. He must have strong wrists and hands to generate the bat speed he does. He’s got surprising pop for a player of his stature, he hit a line drive off of the top of the fence in right last night (350′) and he didn’t sell out for that.
Park is a patient hitter, he works counts and he fouled off a lot of tough pitches last night. It was only one look but he showed ability to recognize and barrel spin. With the bat speed he generates and his contact ability he’s got at least above average hit potential and perhaps plus. He hangs in very well vs lefties.
Here we get a lot of great looks at the swing courtesy of Baseball America:
Defense he played 2nd base last night and he had a pretty quiet night over there unfortunately. Just a couple of routine grounders that he handled with ease.
I liked Park, offensively he’s a good contact hitter, he works counts, has more pop then you’d expect but that will be limited some by his approach (linear swing, all fields) I wouldn’t anticipate more than 8-10 home runs at least early in his career. He’s a burner the speed was plus, he stole 3rd last night with ease. He just got a running lead and kept going, he caught the pitcher napping. I didn’t get much from the defensive side last night, I hope to see him at shortstop soon.
Park seems a little under the radar at this time but he can play.