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First Pitch: Pirates Seeing Some Increased Power in the Minors This Year

First Pitch: Pirates Seeing Some Increased Power in the Minors This Year

The Pirates had five homers on the night in Seattle, showing some power at the major league level. It wasn't just in the majors though. Andrew Lambo hit his 19th home run of the year tonight, with 14 coming in Altoona and the last five coming in Indianapolis. That's notable since it already beats last year's high of 18 homers, set by Willy Garcia. It also matches the 2011 high of 19, set by Jordy Mercer.

The Pirates haven't seen a lot of power in their system the last few years. In fact, that statement might go beyond the last few years. The last time someone had more than 25 homers in a season in the minors was in 2009 when Pedro Alvarez hit 27. Jamie Romak also hit 25 in 2008. Ahh, the days when Jamie Romak was the best power hitter in the system. Memories.

The last time the Pirates had a minor leaguer with 30+ homers was in 2007 when Steve Pearce hit 31 between three levels. Jonel Pacheco hit 27 that year as a 24 year old in A-ball.

If we assume 450 at-bats in a minor leagu...

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