Cooper: New baseball is sparking an offensive explosion in Triple-A

From J.J. Cooper at Baseball America on April 18, 2019:

Before the year began, we theorized that Triple-A baseball’s switch from the standard minor league balls of the past to the MLB ball could lead to a jump in home runs.

With the caveat that it’s very, very early in the season, it appears, if anything, we underestimated just how much of a super ball the MLB ball is proving to be.

The power explosion we’ve seen at the major league level has migrated to Triple-A. Talking to scouts over the past few years, they have frequently mentioned how hard it has been to calibrate their eyes to the difference between the conditions in the major leagues, where the ball flies, and the minor leagues, where the balls did not travel nearly as well.

The same problem still exists. It’s now just migrated to the divide between Double-A and Triple-A.

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Originally published: April 19, 2019. Last Updated: April 19, 2019.