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.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.