Originally Posted by dougdirt
You were half right. Batavia, where Howard played his first year was actually a hitters park. Lakewood suppressed HR incredibly, but the doubles rate was incredible there like you woulud imagine in a park that supprsesses HRs. Hits, walks, doubles and strikeouts though were either normal or above average there though.
Dayton also plays fairly pitcher friendly according to BBTF minor league park factors from 2003-2005.
Team R H 2B HR BB SO
Dayton 1.05 0.98 0.84 1.04 0.87 0.86
Didn't Dayton used to rate as one of the lustier hitting parks in the MWL? Admittedly, the teams there got so dreadfully bad after the Encarnacion/Pena class rolled through that I haven't paid as much attention to such things in recent years.
Anyway, the New York-Penn League and Sally League are far more pitcher friendly than the Pioneer League and Midwest League. Batavia, with its low altitude and humidity, would be the most lopsided pitchers park in the history of the Pioneer League. It should also be mentioned that the NYPL and PL are not equivalent leagues. The New York-Penn and Northwest leagues are considered to have superior competition to the Pioneer and Appy leagues.