In the previous two parts of this series I looked at how each ballpark played in the Reds system during the 2013 season. Today I am going to be wrapping everything up in a much cleaner way than with all of the data presented in the previous two articles.

First, here is a quick recap of the raw numbers and data.

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The Reds farm system as a whole plays slightly hitter friendly, boosting power overall compared to the leagues that they play in. To add to that though, we need to also consider the leagues that they play in.

The Arizona League boosts run scoring, but not so much power in general. The Pioneer League is considered to be very hitter friendly, boosting power and average. Billings is an extremely pitcher friendly park comparatively speaking. The Midwest League is considered to be a pitching friendly league and Dayton provides one of the leagues more friendly ballparks. The California League is known to be a hitters paradise, but not all of the parks as as friendly as others. Bakersfield is very friendly to center field, but in the corners it doesn’t do much in either direction for players. The Southern League is considered to be a neutral league and overall Pensacola played out to be a hitter friendly ballpark, but if the player uses right field more than left field it very likely hurt his game, where as if the player used left field more it very likely gave his game a significant boost. The International League is considered to be rather neutral as well, but Louisville played out to be hitter friendly this season.

Overall, the system has both types of ballparks, but even within the ballpark itself we need to look beyond just the overall factors. In places like Bakersfield or Pensacola where one part of the field is drastically altered it can really change how to look at a players production. In Pensacola if you have a right handed hitter who is a dead pull hitter, he is going to benefit greatly from playing in Pensacola. If you have a left handed dead pull hitter, he is going to suffer from playing there. The overall park factors you may see elsewhere won’t tell you that though and it is something that really matters.

click here for the entire 2013 park factor series.

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