On Friday night, Danny Ortiz hit his 17th home run of the season. That's significant because it put him at the top of the minor league home run leaders for the Pirates. He came into the night tied with Eric Wood and Tito Polo. Obviously, Wood can still catch/pass Ortiz over the last three days of the season, but Polo isn't going to get any more homers. The sort of ironic part about that is that Polo hit a home run early in the year that the umpires missed and called a foul ball despite the fact it hit the foul pole and bounced back onto the field.
If you think 17 sounds like a low home run total for an organization's minor league leader, you're not alone. I had a few people write me yesterday on Twitter after I posted about Ortiz. So I looked over the home run leaders for leagues that t...
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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.