Elon University students immerse themselves in baseball analytics

From Elon University on March 29, 2019:

A team of five baseball-minded Elon students recently attended the SABR Analytics Conference, which brings together the leading statistical minds to analyze America’s pastime. Led by Assistant Professor Mark Cryan, the sport management and business majors traveled to Phoenix to compete in the undergraduate division of the 2019 Diamond Dollars Case Competition, a contest Elon won in 2017.

While victory eluded this year’s squad, the Elon contingent has been helping produce wins elsewhere. In addition to preparing for the SABR conference, the five students have been functioning as the analytics staff for the Elon Phoenix baseball team during the 2019 season.

Prior to the start of the season, the Elon baseball program was provided a Flightscope machine by scouting service ScoutCast, but the team needed to provide the staffing to run the equipment and break down the data. This is where the SABR team students offered their expertise.

“These guys have been doing tremendous work,” said Elon head baseball coach Mike Kennedy. “Our coaching staff is getting an incredible amount of information.”

Read the full article here: http://www.elon.edu/e-net/Article/172221

Originally published: April 1, 2019. Last Updated: April 1, 2019.