2014 SABR Analytics: Tulane University Law School’s case for baseball’s most valuable pitcher

From Joshua Mastracci at Beyond the Box Score on March 31, 2014:

Note: The presentation reproduced below is the joint work of Tulane University Law School students Joshua Mastracci, Hamilton Wise, Jeffrey Tiedeman and Andrew Respess.

I wanted to preface our team’s take on the prompt with some praise for SABR’s Diamond Dollars Case Competition and Analytics Conference put on March 13-15. For those who weren’t able to make it down to Phoenix, the competition itself featured nineteen teams of students getting the opportunity to pitch analytics models to a host of analytics-oriented MLB front office executives that comprised this year’s panel of judges — I highly recommend the experience if you get a chance and will be back myself. Thanks especially to SABR president Vince Gennaro who developed the case and facilitated both the competition and conference.

The case:

In interviewing with a club, the GM lays out a problem to be presented to him and his key staff members in 4 days, asking you to rate and rank the top 3 “pitching assets” in the game today.

“We’re interested in understanding the best assets to have on our roster today — the ones that provide the most value. Your top pitcher should be expected to generate the greatest surplus value to a team over the balance of his control years (or years under contract), beginning with the 2014 season.”

Read the full article here: http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2014/3/31/5524576/mlb-sabr-baseball-most-valuable-pitcher

Originally published: March 31, 2014. Last Updated: March 31, 2014.