Twins first baseman/designated hitter ByungHo Park had a very disappointing 2016 season after signing a giant contract the previous offseason. After Park was designated for assignment last winter, he was sent to the minors. However, Park had an impressive 2017 spring training, leading Minnesota with six home runs, and appeared to have earned a spot on the major league Opening Day roster. Shockingly, Park was sent to Class AAA Rochester a few days before Opening Day.
There is no reason Park should have been sent down. I think the Twins wanted another pitcher since the pitching was so bad last year, but why send your best hitter in spring training to the minors? It makes no sense! Plus, he has gotten off to a good start in Rochester this season, as he has six hits in 16 at-bats.
Park is currently injured (he has a hamstring strain that appears to be minor) but once he gets healthy and if he continues to perform well, he should definitely be called up to the majors! The Twins could send center fielder Byron Buxton to the minors (he has 20 strikeouts in only 37 at-bats!) and call up Park. Danny Santana could play center field, even though Buxton is a better fielder. Another idea is that the team could send a pitcher down.
The Twins’ offense has struggled a bit in 2017 and Park could provide a much needed boost. Click here for more on why Park should be in the majors.
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Written by: Sam Graves