Minor League Home Runs went up 58% percent in the first year the combined Triple-A level leagues used Major League Baseball’s baseball. The new baseball, we’re still not sure when it really went live, sometime in 2017 or 2018 is attributed to a major increase in home runs at the senior level.
MLB itself even admits the baseball is different saying it has “less drag”.
Hence the term juiced baseball.
Home runs surged 58% at Triple-A this season following the switch to major league baseballs.
According to the organization that governs the minors, 5,752 homers were hit in the International and Pacific Coast Leagues. That’s up from 3,652 in 2018.
Rawlings provides baseballs for the majors and minors. The big league balls are manufactured in Costa Rica, the minor league balls in China.
Big league batters are on pace to break the season home run record next week with two-plus weeks remaining in the season.