Michael Conforto And The Shift

When the Mets drafted Michael Conforto 10th overall in the 2014 draft, the Oregon product was regarded as one of the more complete hitters in the pool. At the time, Perfect Game raved about his approach, saying in his scouting report, "He has plus, game usable power as well as one of the most disciplined... Continue Reading →

Classifying Pitch Types Using Python Modelling

I've seen plenty of discussion about pitch classification recently, both on Twitter and online forums. In their AL Wild Card game chat on Fangraphs, former Astros' executive Kevin Goldstein, ZiPS creator Dan Szymborski, and Roster Resource writer Jon Becker expressed their dissatisfaction on current pitch classification systems. Becker made a good point: classifying pitches can... Continue Reading →

BCTeam Update: Scrimmage Summaries

This morning we pushed an update to BCTeam which includes a makeover of Scrimmage Summaries. This concludes Phase 2 of our 4 phases of scheduled updates to BCTeam this fall. Still to come are Player Profile updates and Umpire Analysis updates. Let's get into what is new with Scrimmage Summaries! First off is a new... Continue Reading →

You’re Outta Here!!!

You can’t write an article about MLB ejections without mentioning John McGraw.  After 1900, he remained the all-time leader in ejections (137) for over 100 years until he was finally passed by Bobby Cox in 2007.  For over 50 of those years, no other person even reached 100 ejections until Leo Durocher reached that milestone... Continue Reading →

deScussing deGrom

“Hitters don’t hit his fastball.” In his brief outing in the 2015 MLB All-Star Game, that was all the announcers could talk about. The velocity, the extension, the rising effect. Back then, deGrom was only averaging 95.7 mph. Harold Reynolds put it well as he witnessed deGrom K’ing the side on 10 pitches: “That’s why... Continue Reading →

Opening Day Eye-Poppers

Opening Day is baseball fan’s Christmas. Anything is possible. You get the first glimpse at teams and players not knowing what lies ahead. For at least one day a year, every team can trick themselves into thinking they are championship contenders. It is tempting to jump on early season stats as indicators. In DJ Lemahieu’s... Continue Reading →

Best and Worst World Series’ Winners

What does best and worst mean? For this project, we're just going to look at three defining factors; Batting Average, Earned Run Average, and Adjusted Run Differential (during the regular season.) We will be looking at the World Series winners between the years 1969, (The year the pitcher's mound was dropped five inches and the... Continue Reading →

X Pitch Pitchers

In last year’s spring training, Trevor Bauer made headlines by telling the batter what was coming. As is typical in bullpen sessions, he communicated through glove motions in what is essentially a universal language in baseball. He did manage to record an out, but needless to say such an experiment would be silly in the... Continue Reading →

Introducing the 2021 Spring Interns

After a couple of weeks sorting through applicants and going through the interview process, we are excited to announce the 2021 spring interns! Content Interns Anthony Franco (Twitter: @affranco10) Anthony Franco gave up his dream of being an MLB player when he went hitless all season his final year of youth baseball. A Cubs fan growing... Continue Reading →

Victor Gonzalez: The Metrics Magician

The 2020 World Series Champions (Los Angeles Dodgers) have plenty of pitchers to focus on, now including Trevor Bauer.  In 2020, one pitcher on this team was an MLB leader (99th or 100th percentile) in 8 of the 15 major statistical categories on Baseball Savant.  This pitcher was not Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Kenley Jansen,... Continue Reading →

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