Byung Ho Park
Acquired: Signed as an international free agent (South Korea) on December 1, 2015 (MIN).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|2015 SEASON STATS: Hit .343 in 140 games for Nexen (KBO) with 53 HRs, 146 RBIs and 35 doubles to go with a .436 OBP and a .714 SLG.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Already on the 40-man roster, he made the club out of spring training.
MLB Debut Date: 4/4/2016
|April 4, in a 3-2 loss to the Orioles. The starting DH, he batted sixth and went 1-for-3 with a run scored. After striking out looking in his first at-bat, he singled to center field in the fifth inning off Tyler Wilson.|
|A huge power prospect who finally came stateside after spending nine seasons in the KBO, Park was coming off of his best season, statistically, when he signed with the Twins. In 2014, he hit .303 at Nexen with 52 RBIs and 124 RBIs, after batting .318 with 37 HRs and 117 RBIs in 2013 and .290 with 31 HRs and 105 RBIs in 2012.|
|2080’s Dave DeFreitas on Park: “Huge raw power, can hit it out anywhere; I’ve never been a big fan of the stroke, as I think it gets long and he may have some trouble up in the zone. That plays better in Korea since it’s more of an offensive league. There is some swing and miss there for sure and there weren’t a ton of walks for someone that I have to assume was getting pitched around a good bit. That said, he did what good hitters do to lesser pitching. ”|