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The Age of the Pitcher - Why?

So I meant to post about this a while ago, but there was a really great article at ESPN about the onset of the latest "pitcher's era." They put forth some great contributing factors and backed it up with solid data. For example, we're on pace for 4,000 less runs scored than in 2000, and 5,000 more strikeouts than in 2005.

My most relevant question for this community is: are we also in a pitcher's age in MiLB? What data do you see to back "yes" or "no," and at what level(s) is it most prominent? Are there some minor league factors that contribute to the current pitcher's era - such as different development paths for pitchers and hitters, or park factors (i.e., PCL gives hitters a false sense of reality and they have a hard time adjusting in the majors)?

More generally, what in your mind are the greatest reasons as to why pitchers are so far ahead of hitters, and how can hitters adjust? I definitely have my thoughts but I'll wait until we get a few answers so the author's opinion doesn't color anyone's thoughts...

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