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

Creating an Ideal Model For Evaluating MLB Prospects

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

Study: How To Properly Evaluate Pitching Prospects

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

Altering The Process Of Evaluating MLB Prospects

Yesterday, we took a closer look at positional value in baseball, and how front offices can use it to gain a competitive edge over other teams. However, there is an even greater flaw that front offices can capitalize on, and it’s with evaluating prospects. Currently, we aren’t modifying our prospect boards enough to account for positional value, but that has to change. In this article, … Continue reading Altering The Process Of Evaluating MLB Prospects

Study: Assessing Positional Value In Baseball

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

Study: Why High-End Relievers Aren’t Valuable In Today’s MLB

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

Top Ten Relief Pitchers

After going over the always controversial top ten list for starting pitchers, it’s time to do the same for relief pitchers. This is an interesting list, with a lot of different prototypes include. In here, we have our traditional closers and set-up men, but we also have pitchers who are pitching multiple innings out of the bullpen. That makes it hard to compare one another, … Continue reading Top Ten Relief Pitchers