A Simple Way To Improve The NCAA Selection Process

Conference Tournament Structure Conference tournament week in college baseball offers plenty of excitement. Leagues have different formats (some conferences, such as the Pac-12, don't have a tournament at all), but the general concept remains the same. A group of teams in each league–often excluding a few at the bottom of the standings–play one another in... Continue Reading →

Let’s Check In On Vlad Jr.

In his 2019 Big Board update, Fangraphs' prospect expert Eric Longenhagen only awarded one player a future value of 65+ in both his future hit and future game power tools. In his description of this hitter, he said "This is the best hitter in the minors and the stick will play anywhere." With strong baseball... Continue Reading →

Where did their Spin go?

Usually when a pitcher adds more spin to his fastball you see a relatively similar increase in velocity; however, these 5 pitchers go against this pattern drastically.  I looked at 5 pitchers’ fastballs who have lost 100 or more RPM this year compared to their 2020 data, while also showing an increase in velocity.  These... Continue Reading →

Coors Field’s Impact on Pitch Movement

Coors Field has long been synonymous with offensive slugfests which give pitchers nightmares. In addition to this, we know that the higher altitude in Denver is what affects the baseballs' trajectory as they are both thrown and hit. Often the "thin air" is brought up as what allows the baseballs to travel further in Coors... Continue Reading →

Projecting The Field of 64 With Analytics

Using analytics is far more complicated when trying to build predictive models for players. But for schools, it’s far less so. Albeit harder this year than most due to two conferences only playing themselves, and another basically cancelling the season; there are still historically-based and far less volatile metrics (like ELO) available to rank teams.... Continue Reading →

Moving Forward with “Win Score”

If you are unfamiliar with the term "Win Score" please check out the: Introducing "Win Score" article. The equation for Win Score as stated in that article is: Win Score = [(League average runs-(ERA+FIP)/2)*5 + .75(innings) + .5(strikeouts)]/Games Pitched. The point of Win Score is to replace the current "win" statistic as it is outdated... Continue Reading →

Taijuan Walker Could Break Out in 2021

When the New York Mets signed Taijuan Walker this offseason, they were mostly just looking to fill out their rotation after missing out on Trevor Bauer and trading Steven Matz to the Toronto Blue Jays. In fact, Walker finished out the 2020 season in Toronto so it, at the time, felt like a possible unofficial... Continue Reading →

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