When evaluating prospects it is crucial to consider the offensive environment they play in. Today we’ll take a look at the offensive levels at the Triple-A and Double-A levels. Note that all statistics are per game and the triple slash notes the league averages.
International League -.262/.328/.395
Pacific Coast league– .272/.341/.418
Eastern League– .258/.332/.385
Southern League– .256/.332/.380
Texas League– .266/.340/.391
The results pretty much speak for themselves. The Pacific Coast League is well known as a hitters paradise and the offensive measures are significantly higher than the International League. The Texas League’s numbers are slightly inflated from the other Double-A leagues as well.
Consider this example. This season Allen Craig hit .322/.374/.547 with 26 home runs for the Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific League. Matt LaPorta batted .299/.388/.530 for the Columbus Clippers of the International League. Who had the better season? Well by comparing their OBPs and SLG percentages to their respective league averages we find that LaPorta was .06 points above the league mark in on-base percentage and .135 points ahead in slugging. Craig meanwhile was just .033 points above the league norm in on-base percentage and .129 points ahead in slugging. It would appear LaPorta had a slight edge when comparing the two players using this method.
These differences may not seem like much, and perhaps they aren’t, but it is at least worth noting. Tomorrow I will take a look at the lower levels of the minors.