Matt Eddy at Baseball America took a look at minor league park factors at roughly midseason. Here are a few Dodgers notes, along with Eddy’s caveat that, “However, they are subject to more distortion than usual because of variables unique to 2021, including uneven quality of play and scheduling that is not as varied as usual.”
Rancho Cucamonga plays in the most hitter-friendly park in the eight-team Low-A West, with a park factor of 109 and a multiplier of 1.066 (the multiplier, explained by Eddy, “halves the impact of the park factor to reflect that players play only half of games at home.”).
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City is the second-most pitcher-friendly park in Triple-A West for both runs (86 park factor, .931 multiplier) and home runs (63 park factor, .816 multiplier), behind only Sugar Land. Keibert Ruiz found his way around this by hitting .301/.369/.667 in Oklahoma City with nine of his 13 Triple-A homers at home.
Double-A Tulsa is right down the middle at ONEOK Field, with a 100 park factor for runs and 97 for home runs.
Great Lakes is average in runs (99 park factor), but Dow Diamond is the second-most homer-friendly ballpark in High-A Central (126 park factor), trailing only Fort Wayne.
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FanGraphs added 2021 draftees into the team prospect lists. Dodgers first-rounder Maddux Bruns checks in as the No. 15 prospect in the system.
The Dodgers haven’t yet announced that Bruns has signed, but that appears to be a done deal.
Another Dodgers draft signee, 10th-rounder Michael Hobbs — whose signing was reported last week — announced on Instagram he is officially a Dodger. “Officially a Dodger! Unbelievably grateful for the opportunity and extremely thankful for everyone who has supported along the way,” Hobbs said.
The team has yet to announce any draft signings.
Zack Meisel at The Athletic looked at the origin story of Manny Ramirez. Said Dan O’Dowd: “He was a hitting savant.”
The Arizona Fall League will return this October, writes Josh Norris at Baseball America.
Marlins third baseman Eddy Alvarez will be one of the flag bearers for Team USA during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics on Friday morning, along with Sue Bird. In addition to being the first baseball player to ever carry the U.S. flag during an Olympics opening ceremony, Alvarez won a silver medal in the Winter Olympics as part of a short-track speedskating team in 2014.