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Series Preview: New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays (7/23-7/25)

Following their rain-shortened two-game series split against the Mets at home this past weekend, the Yankees head down South for three days to face the Rays in Tampa Bay.  Tropicana Field has, in a way, been a house of horrors for New York, having gone just 4-9 at The Trop since the beginning of 2017 including an ugly three-game sweep just a month ago. The Yankees will begin play today at 63-34, five full games behind the first place Red Sox.  Tampa Bay comes in at 50-49, 19 games out of first and 9.5 games back of Seattle for the second Wild Card position. With trade rumors swirling for both squads and the teams headed in opposite directions, this series provides a key opportunity for the Yankees to get back on track and put pressure on Boston to once again close up the AL East race.

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.
Photo Via Yankees Baseball News

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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