Analysis

Defending the Chan Ho Park addition

Defending the Chan Ho Park addition

Chan Ho Park - Shannon Stapleton/REUTERS

Over the past couple weeks, the Pirates unloaded four veteran relievers who had helped contribute to a solid bullpen in 2010. Yesterday, in an attempt to solidify the disrupted pen, the Bucs claimed Chris Resop and Chan Ho Park off waivers. The Resop addition was applauded by most, but critics have scoffed at the decision to bring in Park. I have spent parts of the morning wondering why.

I completely understand the natural, unenthusiastic knee-jerk reaction to seeing the phrase, “Pirates claim Chan Ho Park off waivers.” When I saw the news, I was actually surprised that Park was still in the league. But let’s take a closer look at his numbers.

The three most important things for a pitcher to do are strike batters out, avoid walks and keep the bal...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Analysis

Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

More in Analysis

Gerrit Cole: “A Lot of the Things That David Freese Said Were Right”

Alan SaundersFebruary 17, 2018

Pirates Notebook: Hurdle Discusses David Freese Comments; Bullpen Might Be Taking Shape

Tim WilliamsFebruary 16, 2018

David Freese Says the Pirates Have Lacked a ‘Winning Culture’

Alan SaundersFebruary 16, 2018

Why the Pirates Are Trying Joe Musgrove as a Starter, Despite Better Results as a Reliever

Alan SaundersFebruary 16, 2018

Luis Escobar Highlights Today’s Photos and Videos From Pirates Spring Training

Tim WilliamsFebruary 16, 2018

Starling Marte Takes on a Big Role With the Pirates Now that Andrew McCutchen is Gone

Tim WilliamsFebruary 15, 2018

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2017 Pirates Prospects