An Update on Positional Adjustment

Positional adjustment has always been a point of contention about WAR. While most understand the principle of positional adjustment, I doubt that anyone has really scrutinized the process behind the values for positional adjustment. The established values for positional adjustment were developed by Tom Tango using UZR data for players who switch positions over multiple … More An Update on Positional Adjustment

The Chicago Cubs and the Divide Between Top Hitting and Pitching Prospects

Imagine you are the general manager for an MLB team today and are presented with a choice: Take either a top-hitting prospect or a top-pitching prospect—both equally regarded. With that information only, whom do you choose? Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs When Theo Epstein became the Chicago Cubs general manager in 2011, he inherited … More The Chicago Cubs and the Divide Between Top Hitting and Pitching Prospects

The Value of a Compensatory Draft Pick

On November 22, 2013, GSABR members Preston Barclay, Kyle Franco, Camden Hu, Nik Oza, and Xavier Weisenreider competed in SABR President Vince Gennaro’s Diamond Dollars Case Competition against twelve other schools at NYU in New York City. The case involved the forecasting of the free agent contracts of catcher Brian McCann and pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez … More The Value of a Compensatory Draft Pick