One new development with the Mariners that kind of got lost in the crazed aftermath of that 12-player J.J. Putz trade is that Seattle will no longer use an advance scout for games. This role is instead being transfered to the team’s new department of statistical analysis. The idea is that the team will receive video of their opponents and have workers in the new department break down each pitch from a statistical viewpoint. They can grade the break on curve balls, tendencies to throw certain pitches in certain situations, figure out what hitters like to swing at, that sort of thing.
The Milwaukee Brewers began using that approach when current Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik and assistant Tony Blengino were running their scouting operations.
Seattle’s new department so far will have just one full-time employee with some interns taking down data as well. The team interviewed some intern candidates at the winter meetings in Las Vegas.
In Milwaukee, there grew to be a team of more than a dozen interns handling stats at one time or another. The M’s hope similar growth can occur here. The idea is also that once interns break in with the club, the most talented, hungry types can advance in other areas of the club and provide an injection of fresh talent into the organization.
More on this department as details emerge.
(BTW, an advance strike here at the humor-challenged, the photo is an attempt to dress up the blog, not a commentary of what I think of those working for the new department.)
December 12, 2008 at 12:59 PM