DIGGING DATA: 2018’s Strawberry Start Studs

Back in the halcyon days before Baseball Farm was born, Chip Bourne created a methodology for determining which hitters and pitchers at each MiLB level had the best performances on the prior day. Tweaking the pitching performance data to determine the ‘best’ starts proved to be surprisingly tricky. So Chip came up with a formula which we have christened the “Strawberry Start Ratio” (SSR).

The SSR is inspired by Baseball HQ’s work on the PQS system. Basically, a pitcher gets credit for hitting certain benchmarks during the course of a start. The benchmarks for our SSR system are:

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Baseball Farm’s 2018 Farmhand Team of the Year

This month we ran a series of polls on our Twitter (@BaseballFarm) to have our fans select a farmhand at each position for our Farmhand Team of the Year. We first looked at a bunch of our proprietary stats and rankings, and then debated amongst ourselves to come up with four nominees at each position. From there, the fans took over, selecting the Farmhand that they thought had the most impressive year. Here is a recap of the results for each poll:

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