Once upon a time, prospects were more valued as trade chips by fans of MLB teams than anything else, and young players, in general, weren’t seen as super valuable compared to established players. However, that time is past us- fans now care a great deal about their team’s top prospects, and front offices are more reluctant than ever to trade them. Therefore, public prospect rankings … Continue reading Creating an Ideal Model For Evaluating MLB Prospects
Although the MLB draft doesn’t garner as much as hype as the draft for other sports, since the players don’t contribute at the highest level immediately, a case can be made that is actually the most intriguing draft of the three. After all, cost-controlled, young talent is the most valuable asset in the MLB, and since they aren’t expected to make an immediate impact, any … Continue reading Complete 2020 MLB Draft Team-By-Team Preview
The MLB draft is a crucial time for teams to build their farm system, and in turn formulate a roster that can consistently contend for a championship. Meanwhile, it also is the next step for several rising young stars from high school and college, as they not only can officially become professional baseball players, but also have the opportunity to be developed to their fullest … Continue reading Final 2020 MLB Draft Board: Top 119 Prospects
We’re all aware of Mike Trout’s story at this point. From falling to the end of the first round in the 2009 draft, to his home run-saving catches, and the multiple 10-WAR seasons to start his career, the 28-year-old certainly has had a storied career up to this point, and there isn’t any reason to believe that won’t be the case moving forward. In fact, … Continue reading It Took Eight Years, But Mike Trout Finally Has Legitimate Competition
Recently, we’ve concluded what the most reliable metrics are for evaluating defense and pitching. However, today’s study is a critical one with regards to what moves the needle in the modern MLB. Here, at mvpsportstalk.com, we’ve already found that hitting is about five times more predictive of winning than defense, and is still more important than pitching. Therefore, teams need to be able to build … Continue reading Study: What Are The Best Metrics For Evaluating Hitters?
Between velocity, command, movement, and stamina, there are so many different skills that a pitcher needs to have, so it’s important to be able to quantity them. However, that doesn’t mean that all of those abilities are created equal. We’ve already discussed how much more valuable a pitcher’s “stuff” is over their command, but today, we’ll take it a step further- we’ll conclude which metrics … Continue reading Study: What Are The Best Metrics For Evaluating a Pitcher?
A baseball player’s defensive skills are often debated heavily, as old-school minds tend to believe in the “eye test” more, while more analytically-minded fans and analysts lean on advanced metrics. However, even if those sabermetric fans rightfully believe in defensive metrics, there are so many different ones that it’s hard to know which ones to trust. Sometimes, players can rate out completely differently in each … Continue reading Study: What Metrics Best Dictate an MLB Player’s Defensive Ability?
Unfortunately, due to circumstances clearly out of our control, we can only hope that there will be an MLB season this year. However, it’s been confirmed that the MLB draft will still take place on June 10th, which is great news. It’s obviously harder to evaluate these prospects with limited data due to the COVID-19 shutdown, and the draft is only five rounds, but yet, … Continue reading 2020 MLB Draft: Top 120 Prospects
“Baseball is only a game, a game of inches and a lot of luck,” said the great Bob Feller, a Hall of Fame pitcher cited as one of the top flamethrowers in MLB history. This quote came during World War II, as Feller missed three seasons of his prime to participate in it, and 80 years later, it’s fair to wonder if his claim is … Continue reading Study: Can an MLB Player Be Consistently Lucky/Unlucky?
It’s easy to evaluate pitchers once they’re in the MLB, as we have metrics like xFIP, SIERA, and xwOBA allowed. However, how can we project pitching prospects to be useful big-leaguers? Some teams like to play it safe, going for command and pitchability, while others want flamethrowers that they can develop. So, which approach is better? Today, we’ll be going into a deep dive into … Continue reading Study: How To Properly Evaluate Pitching Prospects