Last 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 another level and check out things for the Billings Mustangs (you can see the 2015 park factors here).

Dehler Park opened up in 2008 as the new home for the Mustangs. It took over for Cobb Field, which had been around since 1932. The new park has larger dimensions, 329 feet to left field, 410 to dead center and 350 feet to right field. Billings plays in the Pioneer League, which is one of the more hitter friendly leagues in all of minor league baseball. In the past, Dehler Park has played out to be pitcher friendly compared to the rest of the league.

Before jumping into just how the park played out in 2016, let’s note that the numbers below are just looking at how things played out in Billings compared to the rest of the Pioneer League and not other rookie leagues or all of the minor league stadiums.

Let’s first take a look at hoe the different parts of the field altered the batting average for the players.

dAVG %Change
To LF -.104 -17.16%
To CF -.080 -14.76%
To RF .017 2.97%

Both left field and center field significantly hurt hitters in terms of turning balls batted into hits compared to the rest of the league. Right field actually played out slightly hitter friendly, helping out on base hits by nearly 3%.

Of course, it’s usually how power plays in a ballpark that gives it a reputation for being pitcher or hitter friendly. Let’s take a look at how Dehler Park played when it comes to power by looking at Isolated Power, which is average subtracted from slugging – essentially just looking at extra-base hits.

dIsoP %Change
To LF -.056 -13.53%
To CF -.017 -7.02%
To RF -.009 -3.11%

Dehler Park played quite a bit differently than it did in 2015, but it was still hurting hitters power output by a decent amount. Everything was more hitter friendly in 2016 than it was in 2015, but the pitchers still were beneficial and the hitters saw less power than the rest of the league did while playing in the stadium.

Overall the park was still playing as a pitchers park, but less so than in the past few years. When looking at just the Pioneer League the comparison needs to be adjusted, but overall compared to the entire minor leagues, Dehler Park should still be considered hitter friendly.

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