When scouting pitching prospects, evaluators are tasked with giving a pitcher a grade on the 20-80 scale for each of their pitches. At the beginning, it was standard to only judge a pitcher on their velocity when looking at their pure “stuff”, but now, that appears to be changing. With more teams focusing on different aspects of pitch data, it’s clear that there is much … Continue reading Study: Looking at The Optimal Arsenal for a Pitcher- Which Pitchers Can Improve Their Pitch Usage?
When we evaluate an MLB team’s roster, we tend to just look at their opening day starting lineup, which is referred to as their “starting nine”. However, as teams get smarter, it’s clear that we can no longer make those types of evaluations. After studying winning teams, one common theme became apparent- their “starting nine” is more like a “starting twelve”. So, how are these … Continue reading Why a Catcher Timeshare (and a Platoon at Any Position In General) Is a Great Strategy For MLB Team-Building
Now that the MLB draft is over with, and we’ve gone over how each team performed, it’s time to assess their collection of young talent as a whole. In a two-part series, we’ll be ranking every team’s farm system, based on the model I created to evaluate each of their prospects. To rank each team’s farm system I took into account the overall depth of … Continue reading MLB Post-2020 Draft Farm System Ranking: #15-1
As we hold out hope that there will be an MLB season this year, the baseball world was given a great distraction this week with the two-day showing of the five rounds of the MLB draft. We previewed this event tremendously with a big board and team-by-team breakdown, but now, it’s time to analyze each team’s draft class. Sure, we already graded each of the … Continue reading 2020 MLB Draft: Complete Analysis on Each Team’s Entire Draft Haul
It’s finally here! Ever since the college baseball season was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been eagerly awaiting for June 10th to arrive. Well, it’s June 10th, and today, 37 players will see their dreams come true and become professional baseball players! In this tracker, I will be providing live analysis for each pick, based on my evaluations of my players and … Continue reading MLB 2020 Draft Live Tracker/Analysis
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
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?
We’ve addressed the value of team offense, defense, and pitching, as well as the value (or lack thereof) of high-end relievers. However, is there a way for us to assess the importance of players at each positions? One of baseball’s most commonly used statistics is Wins Above Replacement (WAR), which assesses the value of players relative to the replacement-level player. Nonetheless, it is unclear if … Continue reading Study: Assessing Positional Value In Baseball
While we wait for the 2020 MLB season to get underway, it’s time to take a closer look at players who could one day be on opening day rosters. For the next month or two, we’ll be examining each team’s farm system, which will contain several prospects that will either one day be contributors for them, or could be used to acquire impact major leaguers. … Continue reading MLB 2020 Farm System Overview: San Francisco Giants