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2009 Projection: Chan Ho Park

Chan Ho Park, SP (RHP)
Age: 35 (36, June 30)

2008: 95.1 IP / 4-4 / 3.40 ERA / 36 BB / 79 K / 0 CG / 1.40 WHIP

Summary: Spending most of the season in a bullpen, Chan Ho Park actually pitched very well as a starter. He went 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA in 25 innings as a starter (five starts). He struck out 30 and walked eight. As a reliever he recorded a 3.84 ERA in 70.1 innings. Left-handed hitters struck Park well with a .301 average and .399 on-base mark. He also pitched badly outside of Dodger Stadium, recording a 4.50 ERA in 50 innings (comparitively, 2.18 ERA in 45.1 innings in Los Angeles). Park also didn’t pitch well in the second half, recording a 5.04 ERA in 30.1 innings, after being relegated to the bullpen.

Career Level: Descent (Year 3)

Green Flags: Park seemed to have more gusto pitching as a starter, considering his dominant ERA. … Hitters had some trouble smashing line drives off Park, as he threw only them at 18.9 percent. … At the same time, Park had easily his best grounder season, inducing 50.9 percent ground balls and 30.2 percent fly balls. … Park also left 78.2 percent of runners on base, his best mark ever.

Red Flags: You can attribute a lot of Park’s success to luck, especially the runners on base percentage. … The lefty averages stick out like a sore thumb. … Park walked 3.40 batters per nine innings, a lousy rate, though it runs along with his career averages.

Prognostication: Park seems rejuvenated to have another big season or two, but it’ll be touch considering his stuff isn’t completely outstanding. He did work on a changeup that is supposedly turning heads. He’ll give up hits (more than one per inning) and he’ll walk batters, so he’ll need some luck to be strong.

2009 Projection: 134.2 IP / 9-10 / 4.88 ERA / 54 BB / 91 K / 0 CG / 1.51 WHIP

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  1. ryan

    April 3, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    i’m not a believer in chan ho park at all. i look for him to be replaced in the rotation by JA Happ by June. I expect Happ to be dominant in lehigh right from the gate and they will not be able to hold him down any longer.

  2. Tyler

    April 3, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    i like chan ho park… i think he will do a lot better than u think tim (no offense). Also, why do u think that his K:BB ratio will only be like 2:1 when in ST it was like 13:1? And from watching how he completely baffled pujols in the ST game against the cards, amazing.

  3. Chuck P

    April 3, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I can’t wait until this guy proves everyone wrong… this guy was once a top 10 pitcher. I’ve told this story on here before… he was drafted by the Dodgers; they knew that he would miss time because Korea requires citizens to serve a mandatory 2 year stint in the military but they took him anyway because he was that good. In the end, he never had to miss time… why? He cut a deal: if he pitched in the Bangkok Asian games AND if Korea won the gold medal behind his pitching, he would be exempt from serving. Korea won the gold medal and Park was untouchable. He battled some serious intestinal issues in the early 2000’s…he didn’t tell anyone was misdiagnosed and he almost died… I don’t think that he fully recovered until last year.

    He’s only 35 years old… not an old man… worried about walks??? A total of one in spring training. Added a changeup… a sleeper.

  4. Chris.I

    April 3, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Chuck I agree with you there bro…I heard that before myself, and I think Park was and still is the real deal. He put up GREAT numbers early in career with LA, and sort of slipped up a bit and was moved to reliever. But he also made a promise to his country that he would make the 5th role spot, and to live out his legacy once he got his foot in the door….He already made one of them promises, now on to the next…He’s going to be the truth this hear! Also I liked someones comments on here about starting up ”The Ho-Train”. Thats great!

  5. David

    April 4, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Tim, I think your prediction might be right, but I hope he can give us much better results for this season based on what he did during ST. The value of K/BB was 25/2! What an amazing number!

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