2020 MLB Draft Guide: The Value of Tiers
Creating tiers heading into your fantasy baseball draft is a valuable practice to help you build a well-rounded team and Dan Malin explains how and why.
Fantasy baseball is an ever-changing monster that introduces new analytics and draft strategies each year. It’s gotten to the point where we no longer look at batting average as a concrete statistic and we now break down the launch angle and exit velocity of a hitter. We can analyze ballparks and hitting/pitching trends. A player hitting atop the order may be a machine for scoring runs, but he may not rake in the RBI. Everything can be picked apart and broken down with advanced analytics. Sites like Fangraphs, Baseball Savant/Statcast, and Baseball-Reference are excellent sources for these measurements.
Every year it seems like there’s a new stat that everyone gushes over. In recent years it’s been FIP, wOBA, wRC+, etc. Now we have xFIP, xBA, xwOBA where we can now expect advanced statistics. When I first heard about xwoBACON (expected weighted on base average against contact) I had a brain fart. I felt like those elder scouts in Moneyball that couldn’t quite grasp why Brad Pitt...