The Gulf Coast League is one of the most pitcher friendly leagues in the minors. The parks are huge, and the weather can be brutal, playing at noon every day in Florida during some of the most humid months of the year. That's one thing to keep in mind when looking at these stats. The good performances become even more impressive when you consider the pitcher friendly factors, and the poor performances come with that disclaimer that the numbers might be down due to the league factors.
As an example of this, Alen Hanson hit for a .263 average and a .782 OPS last year in the GCL. This year he hit for a .309 average and a .909 OPS in West Virginia. I was hearing a lot of great things about Hanson last year, so it's not as if he suddenly learned how to hit.
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