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Pinstriped glory, the greatest moments in Yankee history part four: The ’98 Yankees’ magnificent season

There are a few things about the Yankees that I’m very stubborn about, things that no matter how hard you debate with me I’ll just never change my mind on. For instance, Joe DiMaggio is the greatest baseball player the world has ever seen, if I ever have a son, I want him to grow up to be the man Lou Gehrig was, and the 1927 team is the greatest that baseball will ever see. However, while I am of the mindset the ’27 team is the greatest, there will never be a season more impressive than 1998. The team won 114 games in the regular season while losing only 48. They won the AL East by a mind boggling 22 games and went 11-2 in the playoffs sweeping the San Diego Padres in the World Series for the club’s 24th overall championship. Their win total regular season and postseason combined was 125 which is still a major league record to this day.

BBB Top Prospect Countdown #21: Hoy Jun Park

In the July of 2014, when the Yankees were spending big in the international market, the Yankees snatched up Korean shortstop Hoy Jun Park for a smooth $1.2 million bonus. Born in Seoul, South Korea, the 19-year-old shortstop has now one season overseas under his belt as he played the 2015 season with the rookie level Pulaski Yankees located in Pulaski, Virginia.
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At 6’ 1”, 175 LBS, Park had a solid year in Pulaski, hitting .239 with five home runs and 30 RBIs in 56 games. Despite a low batting average, Park’s on base percentage was .351 due to drawing a lot of walks.  Park’s season ended up landing on Baseball America’s Top 20 prospects in the Appalachian League at number 12. Park’s left handed swing could generate a power boost in Yankee Stadium if he ever so happens to reach the Bronx.

I expect Park to either start 2016 back in Pulaski or to be bumped up to Low-A Charleston. At only 19 years old, Park has time to grow and improve and it will be nice to see him take steps forward this upcoming season. Hopefully he can raise his batting average and clean up his fielding a little more as he only had a .935 fielding percentage in 2015. The Yankees have many shortstop projects, including Jorge Mateo, but keep an eye out on Hoy Jun Park as he matures on the baseball diamond.

You can view his minor league stats here.
You can keep up with our full top 30 list with links to our breakdowns HERE.

Article by: Julian Bussells
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