Starting Pitcher Barrel FIP Gradebook

If you’ve followed my work, you know I am borderline obsessed with barrels and strongly believe in in the predictive forces of Barrel FIP. I have tweeted out starting pitcher barrel stats daily for two seasons now, and from the feedback I have received over that time, I know my follower base believes in it as well. Late last season, I started to look what the Barrel FIP figures can let us know about each Read more…

Rise of Analytics in College Baseball

By Chris Weikel Since Bill James released the Baseball Abstract in 1982, the professional baseball world has adopted the study of data into every aspect of the game. College baseball, on the other hand, has been far less receptive. That is now beginning to change. Five small D1 programs are now incorporating analytics into their programs and soon many more will be joining the trend. The leader of this movement is the UC Santa Barbara’s Read more…

Analyzing the Prospects in Last Week’s Jurickson Profar and Yasiel Puig Trades

By Joshua Iversen In the week before Christmas, baseball’s hot stove finally began to heat up. A handful of mid-tier free agents found their 2019 homes and two major trades went down involving significant Major League players. The first was a three-team deal between the Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays. The biggest name in the deal was former top prospect Jurickson Profar, who heads from Texas to Oakland. The 25-year-old switch-hitter is Read more…

Finding a Trade Fit for J.T. Realmuto

By Joshua Iversen This offseason the number one trade target is, without a doubt, Miami Marlins star catcher J.T. Realmuto. A big performer on both sides of the ball, the 27-year-old has a strong case for being the best catcher in the game today. His name was mentioned frequently at last week’s Winter Meetings, and he is very likely to be moved at some point in the coming weeks. In 2018, Realmuto slashed .277/.340/.484 with Read more…

How New-Age Information and Trends Impact Collegiate Baseball and its Coaching

By Joshua Iversen Baseball is constantly changing and evolving, and its latest form is perhaps its most unique yet. Home runs and strikeouts are way up, while batting average and innings pitched by starting pitchers are down. But how do these MLB-level changes affect the way the game is played and coached at the collegiate level? One of the predominant storylines of the past few years has been the so-called “launch angle revolution.” Star hitters Read more…

UNLV Baseball commits to recruit in-state prospects

On Dec. 13, 2018, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels baseball team announced it signed 12 student-athletes who will be eligible to play for the team in next fall. Head coach Stan Stolte openly admitted to making in-state recruits a priority during this offseason. “We are sticking with the plan of making the recruitment of the best local and in-state student-athletes a priority,” said Stolte. “That is our strongest chance of competing at a national Read more…