*This is part one of a three-part series introducing STUFF, a objective-based statistic using Pitch f/x and available scouting data.
by: Michael Melaragno
Bridging the gap between scouts and the use of statistical analysis is not as hard as we would believe. Since the mainstream indoctrination of Bill James and his baseball abstracts, the constant argument as to which sentiment brings forth a higher probability of an organization building a winning team always seemed needless to me. The question I would always ask is: Why not incorporate both scouts and stats?
The more thought that was given to this question, one realizes that it is just not about the why organizations do not but rather how they go about doing it. There has not been much written about the methodology behind the how, as this is usually kept as proprietary information and under tight scrutiny. The ability to objectively analyze what a scout sees in a player can have tremendous advantages in the marketplace. To the ...