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
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?
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
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: Tampa Bay Rays
Since it’s a sport with a 162-game season, and in which superstars can’t impact a game, it can be argued that building a winning team in baseball is significantly harder than other sports, such as football and basketball. However, front offices are expected to build a winning team over time, and having an optimal strategy can really benefit them. At the moment, there doesn’t appear … Continue reading Study: Offense vs Defense vs Pitching, What Is The Best Way For MLB Teams To Build a Contender?
Between Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman, there have been plenty of excellent relievers who have anchored a bullpen, and thus are now enshrined in Cooperstown. Conventional wisdom has always placed a high emphasis on having a dominant closing pitcher who can finish off a game, and that remains the case in today’s game. Sure, teams have moved off of valuing the best relievers as closing … Continue reading Study: Why High-End Relievers Aren’t Valuable In Today’s MLB
Since we are just about two weeks away from the start of the MLB regular season, it’s officially predicting time! We’ve spent the last couple months analyzing the top players at each position, but now, we’ll be projecting all 30 MLB teams, going divisional by division. Today, we’ll start in the AL East, which in my opinion, is by far the most intriguing division in … Continue reading MLB Division Preview and Prediction: AL East