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Monday, January 11, 2016

2016 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: BYUNG HO PARK 1B MINNESOTA TWINS

Time for another 2016 fantasy baseball draft sleeper and today we check out Minnesota Twins rookie first base Korean import Byung Ho Park who is expected to man the everyday DH spot for the team.  As always let's get to know Park a bit more and figure out why he makest he sleeper grade this season. 

Byung Ho Park is just the latest in a recent string of important from Korea, joining Pittsburgh's Jung Ho Kang and Sweung-Hwan Oh as new arrivals in the States.  As far as Ho Park's calling card is concerned, he is generally considered the best pure power hitter in Korea and the numbers back this up as he comes off a 2015 campaign there where he hit a ridiculous 53 home runs.  That was one more then the 52 he hit the previous season.  Clearly Ho Park has immense power and that will be what his prospective fantasy baseball owners will be expecting after cutting the check at the draft table.  As always though we have to consider the quality of competition as we did with Ho-Kang last season for the Pirates.  Now while Ho-Kang didn't come close to his Korean power numbers, he was still very solid last season as a rookie by hitting 15 home runs in just 467 at-bats.  While we no doubt have to downgrade expectations by more than a little when it comes to the total of home runs expected, we also should not think Ho Park will be a 15 guy in terms of long-trippers.  As they say power plays everywhere and Ho Park at the very least should be good for 20 home runs and a decent amount of home runss.  It is also in teh realm of possibility that he does even better then those concservative estamates which would be a nice bonus. 

As far as the rest of the prospective package is concerned regarding Ho Park, there will be batting average problems as he struck out at a high rate even in Korea.  Count on the K rate going up by a decent margin agaisnt top quality major league pitching which means Ho Park could be around a .250 average hitter which is very sketchy.  In addition, Ho Park has zero speed so he won't help on the bases either.  So in essence what we are looking at here is a guy who will help in RBI and home runs, while not doing much else.  That means Ho Park should be a very late round speculative pick in mixed leagues and a bit more of a prominent guy in Al-only formats.

2016 PROJECTION:  .253 19 HR 61 RBI 55 R 1 SB

 


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