Minnesota Twins Triple-A first baseman Byung-ho Park is on some kind of hot streak.
The 30-year-old slugger entered Thursday’s game with six home runs in the last two weeks. Against the Pawtucket Red Sox on Thursday, he added three more, going 3-for-5 with five RBI, and he displayed his power to all fields.
This is Park’s first season in American baseball. He debuted in the Korean baseball league at age 18 in 2005, and over the last four years, he became one of the biggest power hitters in the league. In 2014, he smashed his 52 homers in just 459 at-bats. Then, he outdid himself with 53 bombs in 2015.
Park has played 62 games with the Twins, but the team demoted him to Triple-A Rochester mostly due to the fact he was batting just .191. However, he did hit 12 homers in 244 plate appearances. He’s hitting .286 at Triple-A, but his power continues to be his most impressive attribute. Park has 21 homers in Minnesota and Rochester combined.
With his three homers Thursday, he now has eight bombs in his last 39 Triple-A at-bats. Park is also batting .378 with 13 RBI in the most recent 10 games.
His three-home-run performance marks the second time this season a Rochester Red Wing has gone yard three times in a single game this season. 24-year-old left fielder Adam Walker blasted three home runs on May 21 against the Durham Bulls.
Prior to this season, the Red Wings hadn’t seen a player hit three homers in one game since 1990. It’s now happened twice in a little more than two months.