2020 MLB Free Agent Rankings: How Much Should Each Free Agent Be Paid?

As the postseason winds down, it’s time to turn our attention to offseason. However, should it really be considered an “offseason”? Between the end of the postseason and the start of the next season, there is so much action; it’s honestly my favorite time to be a baseball analyst. This free agency will be far different than anything we’ve ever seen, as several teams will … Continue reading 2020 MLB Free Agent Rankings: How Much Should Each Free Agent Be Paid?

Who Should Win Each 2020 MLB Award?

We are in the midst of an unprecedented MLB season, but that doesn’t mean that the top players/staff members shouldn’t be recognized with awards! Today, I will be using a model I constructed to take a look at each of the major awards and assigning a deserved winner! This model will lead to different results than standard award races. For starters, it goes based off … Continue reading Who Should Win Each 2020 MLB Award?

Top 50 Undervalued MLB Prospects

Last week, I highlighted ten key principles (https://mvpsportstalk.com/2020/09/19/its-time-to-fix-how-we-evaluate-mlb-prospects/) of modern-day prospect evaluation. Unfortunately, those principles were created based on glaring misconceptions with the practice, and that has led to several prospects being undervalued. Luckily for those prospects, I’ve built an objective model that isn’t swayed by certain biases. Rather, it analyzes scouting grades, and based on a weighting system that relies on stable aspects of … Continue reading Top 50 Undervalued MLB Prospects

It’s Time To Fix How We Evaluate MLB Prospects

Prospect evaluation may be the most difficult part of any sport. After all, the best way to judge a player is based on their previous production, but we don’t have that luxury with prospects- we are forced to project how they’ll fare playing at higher levels, which is a burdensome task. As this process has garnered the attention of the public more, however, it is … Continue reading It’s Time To Fix How We Evaluate MLB Prospects

Analyzing Every 2020 MLB Trade Deadline Deal: Shortened Season Didn’t Slow Down The Action

Given the nature of this season, between the shortened schedule and the COVID-19 protocols in place, it was reasonable to expect there to be little action. Of course, certain front offices didn’t get the memo, as there were a fully moves made before the trade deadline. Now that the deadline is over, I’ll offer my thoughts on each trade, before looking at the overall performances … Continue reading Analyzing Every 2020 MLB Trade Deadline Deal: Shortened Season Didn’t Slow Down The Action

MLB 60-Game Season Predictions: National League

Is baseball on the horizon? If all goes as planned, which is a major if, the Nationals will host the Yankees on July 23rd, and from there, the goal is to have an exhilarating 60-game season. This won’t be a normal season by any means, but as the great Al Michaels once said, “fantasyland is where baseball comes from anyways”. Today, I’ll be handing out … Continue reading MLB 60-Game Season Predictions: National League

MLB 60-Game Season Predictions: American League

Is baseball on the horizon? If all goes as planned, which is a major if, the Nationals will host the Yankees on July 23rd, and from there, the goal is to have an exhilarating 60-game season. This won’t be a normal season by any means, but as the great Al Michaels once said, “fantasyland is where baseball comes from anyways”. Today, I’ll be handing out … Continue reading MLB 60-Game Season Predictions: American League

Replacing WAR with VOA, Part Two: Calculating an MLB Player’s $/Year Value and Projecting Team Win Totals

When evaluating players, the common baseball fan, and most analysts, use Wins Above Replacement (WAR), a statistic that is meant to capture a player’s overall value. However,  there are rather glaring flaws with WAR, which is why I came up with a statistic that I believe is superior- Value Above Average (VOA). In the introduction to VOA, we covered several topics, such weighting offense versus … Continue reading Replacing WAR with VOA, Part Two: Calculating an MLB Player’s $/Year Value and Projecting Team Win Totals

Meet VOA, a Statistic That Captures an MLB Player’s Value Better Than WAR

As baseball analysts shift towards evaluating players with advanced statistics, calculating a player’s overall value has become essential. To do so, the common fan uses Wins Above Replacement (WAR), a statistic that measures a player’s value compared to a replacement-level player- a 1 WAR player is worth about one win above a replacement-level player, for instance. The convenience of a “tell-it-all” statistic like WAR cannot … Continue reading Meet VOA, a Statistic That Captures an MLB Player’s Value Better Than WAR