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Pirates Designate Hoy Park for Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed Miami Marlins first baseman Lewin Diaz earlier in the day today. They had to make room on the 40-man roster to add Diaz. The Pirates announced late Tuesday night that infielder Hoy Park has been designated for assignment.

Park had four different stints with the Pirates in 2022. He hit .216/.276/.373 in 60 plate appearances over 23 games. The rest of the year was spent with Triple-A Indianapolis, where he put up a .225/.332/.354 slash line in 89 games. He had ten homers, 52 walks, and he went 14-for-14 in steals. He played shortstop, second base, third base and right field with both the Pirates and Indianapolis this year. He also saw time in left field with Indianapolis, and he saw time in center field last year. The 26-year-old Park was acquired in the Clay Holmes trade with the New York Yankees, along with Diego Castillo.

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NMR

Park and Marcano were both targeted after experiencing a statistical “power surge”.

Both came from the Pacific Coast Legaue.

Park registered a max exit velo in the 13th percentile.

Marcano registered a max exit velo in the 12th percentile.

What’s, uh, goin on in the analytics department…

emjayinTN

Malcom Nunez and Carlos Jimenez exposed to Rule 5 and Park is kept and then given away for a failed, part-time, MLB first baseman? Many of us knew Park was excess baggage when the season ended, but BC carried Park while risking losing talented young players. Serious case of the dumbass.

Mtgj

Big projectable pitchers that throw 99 with tons of movement should never be traded for guys like hoy park. I never understood this trade.

SBRO

roster update:

19 hitters
21 pitchers

Need to sign a starting C, probably a RH 1B/DH and a SP. Would also hope for a second SP or late innings RP.

Best guess as to the next guys on the 40-man to be dropped:

Hitters – Vilade, Diaz, Ali Sanchez, Swaggerty
Pitchers – Yajure, Mears, Ramirez, Kranick

PirateRican21

is easier to take apart a list than it is to put it together, that said, I will keep Swaggerty, we had one of the worse outfield defense last year and him manning center and Reynolds in left and Suwinski in RF will go a long way to fix that. Pitching side, Ramirez has the potential to be “the next Clay Holmes!” In my opinion, I like Kranick in the pen, but I think he will be through waivers.

emjayinTN

Nice list – a lot of deadwood that BC thinks can help us compete at the MLB level. He lacks the commitment to protect kids who are possibly a year away in favor of the one year duds that, at best, can possibly help us maintain our streak of sub-.400 winning percentages.

Keep that list handy when we start to lose young talent in the R5.

PirateRican21

My off-season wish list has lost another, Renfro traded to the Angels. Now I’m gonna wish for Evan Longoria, doubt that he will play for the Pirates, but he could be the RH 1b/DH answer.

SBRO

Longoria’s on record saying he wants to sign with a contending team. I don’t think Pittsburgh’s on his short list.

PirateRican21

I read that too, that’s why I have doubts!

DangerWilRobnsn

Pittsburgh wouldn’t be on his long list either.

Last edited 10 days ago by DangerWilRobnsn
Danatural08

Ridiculous that Josh Van Meter got 110 more plate appearances than Park last year. One of the many wasted opportunity cost by management.

NMR

Of all things to get worked up about…

Danatural08

I wouldn’t classify it as worked up, but Park had a .932 OPS at AAA in 2021, in my book that deserves more of a look than he got.

PirateRican21

Believe it or not VanMeter was and is better than Park. Horrible fielder and bad hitter.

b mcferren

like

leefieux

He had a 1.022 OPS when we got him. I honestly thought that we stole the Yankees blind when we got him.

AdministrativeSky236

I, too, was very happy with the deal when it happened. Holmes was a negative for us at the time and Park/castillo seemed insteresting. Shows how much I know…

leefieux

Why are you ‘AdministrativeSky’? Every time I see it, my brain goes ‘Administrator’ and I think I am being censored. 🙂

john_fluharty

I liked the trade as well. His struggles after coming over were bith surprising and disappointing to me.

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