On Tuesday evening, the Pittsburgh Pirates designated utility man Hoy Park for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for recently claimed first baseman Lewin Diaz
On Tuesday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates claimed first baseman Lewin Diaz off waivers from the Miami Marlins. With Diaz out of minor league options, it was clear that the Pirates would ahem to make a 40-man roster move.
This 40-man roster move came later in the evening on Tuesday. In the corresponding move to make room for Diaz on the 40-ma roster, the Pittsburgh Pirates designated utility man Hoy Park for assignment.
Park came to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the New York Yankees along with Diego Castillo in exchange for Clay Holmes at the 2021 trade deadline. After a strong start with the Pirates last season, Park fell off a cliff and began to struggle mightily.
With the Pirates, Park played all over the field. He logged innings at third base, shortstop, second base, right field, and left field with the Pirates. I noted outfield, Park looked lost and was a disaster. Playing in the infield, he was an average defender at best.
Offensively, Park never found his footing in Pittsburgh. Park hit for a .216/.276/.373 slash line to go with a 79 wRC+ and an 82 OPS+ this past season. Since joining the Pittsburgh Pirates in July 2021, Park owns a .202/.293/.348 slash line and a 75 wRC+ in 209 plate appearances.
With this move the Pirate 40-man roster remains full at 40 players. With his positional flexibility, and minor league offensive success, odds are, a team will claim Park. If that were to happen, we wish Park all the best in his future endeavors.