If it seems like the Pittsburgh Pirates are seeing more home runs this year from their affiliates than last year, well that's because they are showing more power. In fact, the eight affiliates have already combined for two more homers than last year when they hit 401 home runs total. That's despite the fact that there are still approximately 175 games remaining on the minor league schedule.
The feeling of a big difference comes from seeing the individual players, such as Jordan Luplow hitting 22 homers. Last year's leader in the system was Daniel Ortiz with 17 homers. Not only has Luplow surpassed that mark, Logan Hill hit his 18th homer last month before a fractured hand put him out for the season. Max Moroff hit 13 homers before spending two months in the majors, while Edwin Espinal h...
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