BCTeam Update: Umpire Analysis

Our most popular feature on BCTeam has gotten a makeover before the start of the season! This update includes new visuals, added summary tables, and more filter options on the Umpire Analysis tab of game summaries. We all love to give umpires a hard time, well now we are making it easier to analyze how they... Continue Reading →

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 →

Platoon to the Moon!!!

The great Ty Cobb once said, “If a man pretends to be a major leaguer, he should stay in the lineup no matter who is pitching.”  This is coming from someone who was 1 of 2 guys to ever have over 4,000 MLB hits.  For the rest of the 99.99% who don’t have the highest... Continue Reading →

Shohei Ohtani’s Remarkable 2021 Season

While many were aware of Shohei Ohtani's two-way potential when he was posted by the Nippon-Ham Fighters back in the winter of 2017, few could have imagined it was possible for him to accomplish what he did during the 2021 season. It is certainly not unheard of for someone to enter pro-ball with two-way potential.... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on the Tigers Offseason

The initial weeks of Major League Baseball's offseason featured a flurry of activity as uncertainty surrounding the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement and a lockout loomed. Having been in a rebuild since the summer of 2017, there was significant progress made on the field during the 2021 season for the Detroit Tigers under first... Continue Reading →

Rays Offseason Plan 2022 (pt. 3)

Part 3 of this series will discuss a realistic free agency outlook and conclude with an overview of the team heading into the 2022 season. Free Agency: It's safe to say that the Rays are not in a position to be active in the market for some of the premier free agents this offseason. This... Continue Reading →

BCTeam Update: Point of Contact

We have been cranking out updates to our products in preparation for the 2022 season! This is an update made to hitter profiles on BCTeam with a brand new tab, Point of Contact. It focuses on where a hitter is making contact in relation to home plate and is an ode to our good friend... Continue Reading →

Zach Davies: What Changed?

In 2020, Zach Davies’ changeup was ranked #2/469 changeups based on run value.  In 2021 though, his changeup was dead last in the rankings at #590/590!  Many questions come to mind when you see such a drastic transformation like this. Did his changeup metrics like his movement differ from 2020-2021? Table 1 Table 1 displays... Continue Reading →

BCTeam Update: BallR Showcasing

This is a feature we have been working on for a while and are extremely excited about. It is the first time we have integrated two products (BCTeam and BallR) together so that they “communicate” with each other. BallR and BCTeam are each very valuable tools to use on their own, but bringing the BallR... Continue Reading →

Rays Offseason Plan 2022 (pt. 2)

Part 2 of this series will cover the trade portion of the offseason. Something to note here: Various players mentioned before and now in Part 2 may have already been involved in a deal. These trades took place during the final stages of completing this project, so I plan to continue my discussion as if... Continue Reading →

Rays Offseason Plan 2022 (pt. 1)

The Rays may have the most offseason reshuffling ever for a team that won 100 games the previous season. The balance between fielding a competitive team and satisfying the budget constraints of ownership is a difficult one to manage. The harsh budget constraints faced by small-market teams like the Rays make the roster maintenance and... Continue Reading →

BCTeam Update: New Filters

It's the day before Thanksgiving and we wanted to roll out an update on BCTeam that has been needed for a while now. We figured this would be a perfect time as the fall season comes to a close and people might be looking for a way to get a break from their family for... 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 →

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