In terms of strategy, no game has shifted more in the past decade than baseball. We’re well aware of the increase in strikeouts, pitchers not pitching a third time through the order, and other various ways the game has changed. However, in my opinion, there has been one change that hasn’t garnered enough attention: slowly but surely, baseball is becoming a position-less sport. Simply being … Continue reading MLB Deep Dive: Analyzing The Value of Defensive Versatility
In baseball, prospects are generally seen as a crapshoot, and it is easy to see why. According to Scott McKinney of Royals Review, of Baseball America’s top 100 prospects from 1996-2003, nearly 70% of them posted Wins Above Replacements (WAR) on average of 1.50 or less. Considering that these are supposed to be the premier young players in the sports, such a high rate is … Continue reading Analyzing The Stability of Amateur Baseball Players’ Statistics
Free agency is an exciting time for MLB fans. With so many well-known players on the move, it is understandable that they want their team to do whatever it takes to sign them; the perception of free agents are generally boosted incredibly based on all the rumors and buzz surrounding them. Thus, general managers are praised when they are aggressive when it comes to signing … Continue reading MLB Team Building: Why Relying on Free Agency Can Be Fatal
Recently, we took a look at trends from the first eight weeks of the NFL season, and compared it to what generally correlates to success in a normal season. Well, why not do the same for baseball? After all, similar to our NFL study, we’re dealing with a small sample in a 60-game season, and with all the ramifications from the atypical nature of a … Continue reading 2020 MLB 60-Game Season Review: Analyzing Trends/Lucky Teams
The MLB offseason is a very fun time for the baseball world; with so many rumors and players switching teams, it arguably provides more entertainment than the actual season itself! As free agency starts, content creators will move quickly to publish their “free agency rankings”. However, I do not find this incredibly useful when it comes to analyzing team-building. Unlike the draft, where organizations are … Continue reading Analyzing The Entire 2020 MLB Free Agency Class: Where Is The Value?
After we were treated to a fantastic World Series between the Rays and Dodgers, it is time for us to look ahead to the offseason! This is a tricky time to be a baseball analyst, as due to the loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemics, teams appear to be intent on cutting payroll. That won’t stop us from still enjoying what really is … Continue reading “Playing GM” For Every MLB Team Ahead of 2020 Offseason: National League Edition
After we were treated to a fantastic World Series between the Rays and Dodgers, it is time for us to look ahead to the offseason! This is a tricky time to be a baseball analyst, as due to the loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemics, teams appear to be intent on cutting payroll. That won’t stop us from still enjoying what really is … Continue reading “Playing GM” For Every MLB Team Ahead of 2020 Offseason: American League Edition
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?
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?
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