Earlier this week we started looking at how each stadium in the Cincinnati Reds farm system plays when it comes to hurting/helping the hitters and pitchers. You can read the entire series here. Today we jump down a level and look at how Fifth Third Field in Dayton played (you can see the 2015 park factors here).

The stadium in Dayton isn’t new, but for minor league stadiums it’s certainly not old. It opened up in 2000 when the Dayton Dragons came into existence. They’ve been with the Reds since the beginning. The Dragons play in the Midwest League, which is known to be slightly pitcher friendly overall, but plays differently as the year goes along (it tends to be cold early in the year and it’s tougher to hit, but as it warms up things begin to favor the hitters a little bit more).

Before we jump into how the park plays out, let’s be sure to note that the numbers being referred to are only for the ballpark in Dayton versus the other ballparks in the league and not against any other leagues (South Atlantic League) or minor league teams outside of the Midwest League.

Alright, let’s take a look at how Fifth Third Field changed the batting average to each part of the field.

dAVG %Change
To LF .057 10.31%
To CF .038 7.47%
To RF -.036 -6.17%

For hitters that went to left field and center field there was a bit of a boost for their average, ranging from a 7-10% boost. For players who went to right field though, they saw their average harmed by just over 6%. This is a bit of a difference from last season when left and center slightly hampered average and right field slightly helped it.

What about how the park played when it comes to power? Here we are going to be looking at isolated power, which is simply average subtracted from slugging percentage – essentially just eliminating singles from the equation and only measuring extra-base hits.

dIsoP %Change
To LF .063 21.07%
To CF .046 24.47%
To RF .055 18.84%

Here is where we see a big difference. Each part of the field significantly boosted power output in 2016 compared to the previous season. In 2015 each part of the field still boosted power, but this past year it did so even more. Center field played the most friendly in terms of how much it boosted power versus road stadiums, but both right and left field were also quite strong when it came to boosting power.

Overall the park in Dayton certainly played out to be hitter friendly, especially when it came to power. That’s how it’s played out for a while now. With the Midwest League slightly favoring pitchers as a whole, the numbers put up by the Dayton Dragons hitters and pitchers are still likely neutral in context, but when comparing them to the rest of the league there should be a slight adjustment made overall.

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