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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John Dreker
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.