By now, we all know what it’s like to pitch at First National Bank Field in Greensboro, as it’s one of the more hitter friendly parks in all of the minors.
With it being such a hitter’s haven, it’s easy for pitcher’s numbers to get inflated from the added runs they are going to give up. Numbers almost never tell the entire story of a player in the minors, and it can even less so for pitchers who make their home in Greensboro.
There were a few who, despite playing a good chunk of their games in Greensboro, were able to put up some decent numbers.
Garcia was able to string together a really strong season for the Grasshoppers, and a lot of that was due to his surprisingly close home/away splits. The righty pitched 62 innings at home, striking out 61 batters and owning a 3.92 ERA. He did give up 11 of his 15 home runs at home, but actually held opponent’s to a lower batting average at First National Bank Field than when he was on the road (.208 vs .232).
Meis’ time in Greensboro didn’t get off to the best starts, as he allowed eight hits, eight earned runs, two home runs, and two walks in his first two starts – while only recording a total of two outs. As he got comfortable, he actually finished off the season on a nice little run.
That included posting a 3.12 ERA at home, while allowing just 23 hits in 40 1/3 innings. He allowed five earned runs in two-thirds of an inning in his first home start, and proceeded to only allow nine more in the following 39 2/3 frames. He had an even split in home runs (five a piece) and his ERA was nearly double on the road (6.06).
Relievers have a hard enough time keeping their ERA down, as one bad outing is enough sometimes to impactful their numbers for the majority of the season.
One good blowup at Greensboro, and it’s going to be hard to bring it back down.
Cam Junker was able to avoid that, however, finishing with four wins, five saves and a 2.57 ERA all while playing at home. He finished in a tie for second on the team when it comes to home wins and had the most saves at the time of his promotion to Greensboro. In 28 innings in Greensboro, Junker held opponent’s to just a .175 average and two home runs.
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Anthony began writing over 10 years ago, starting a personal blog to cover the 2011 MLB draft, where the Pirates selected first overall. After bouncing around many websites covering hockey, he refocused his attention to baseball, his first love when it comes to sports. He eventually found himself here at Pirates Prospects in late 2021, where he covers the team’s four full season minor league affiliates.