Terry and Rob both know and understand how BABIP works.
What about wRC+?
Our job on the analytics side is to dig deeper into the information and Terry and Rob trust us to do that. They both use stats to help them form their opinion and the analytics team attempts to cut out as much uncertainty from the decision making process as we can. But we use more than just stats on the analytics side. We use scouting reports, health, etc.
1)Infielders becoming catchers
2)Catchers becoming pitchers (I realize both 1 & 2 are more scouting issues, but if Tyler Grimes is a pitcher in 2015, then I'm probably going to credit this conversation)
4)Senior couples on the kiss cam
5)A reliever coming in to face a batter, moving to rightfield for the subsequent batter, and then returning to the mound. Unless this isn't allowed for some reason. This one, I'm pretty much just guessing would be a lot of fun.
Jack, thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. How much baseball do you watch in a season? Do you see every game in some form or another?
I could see a real addiction to waiting for the data to roll in from the previous days games and then by the time 7:10pm rolls around, you have already spent a full day pouring over the analysis. How does you typical day unfold during the season?
How much has your opinions on relevant statistics changed since you started? Have you been apart if the recent progression of drafting higher ceiling pitchers? Without giving away too much information, can you give us a peak at what the twins feel are important stats on both offensive and pitching?
Side note, how good do the advanced stats say Buxton is going to be?
2. I can't remember the kid's name but we recently had a catcher move to the mound. This type of decision is usually our Minor League staff and the FO.
3. What about double steals?
4. Personally I'm a sucker for seniors on kiss cam. I hope my wife and I last that long.
5. I think they used to do this stuff in the 80's. Davey Johnson I think was known for it. Putting a pitcher in the outfield and then bringing him into pitch and just flip-flopping a pitcher/outfielder for a pitcher/outfielder. You would have to fact check me on that one.
I don't have a typical day during the season. It changes all the time. Major League administrative stuff or roster decisions, pro scouting, working on our scout system, meeting with Gardy and the coaching staff, meeting with our advance scout, talking with our pro scouting director, etc.
Mr. Goin, There are many here and on other sites that continually bash Mr. Ryan and the Twins organization for being old fashioned and behind some teams as far as advanced analysis is concerned.
Do you believe that the Twins are at a disadvantage insofar as the newer advanced stats are concerned? And if not, is it a recent change or have the Twins been using these type of stats for some time? Thanks!
Evidently OPSBI was created by Jim Bowden. Its OPS*1000 + RBI. I'm not sure why you'd use it instead of other stats but there it is. Basically the half breed bastard of an already half bread bastard.
Thanks for also injecting humor Jack.
A couple of years ago at Instructs, the Twins tried Jhonatan Arias and Tobias Streich at pitcher, though neither lasted, and both are now out of the organization.
I saw Grimes opening weekend in Cedar Rapids, and then again in July for a weekend. The improvement was tremendous. His comfort level was much higher. He looked more like a catcher. He also has a tremendous arm and did a great job throwing out would-be base stealers. When I talked to him in July, he talked about how much he just loved the position and how involved in every pitch the catcher is.
Mr. Goin, thanks so much for doing this.
How much is medical data (unknown to the general public) used in evaluating players? I've always wondered about this. Do the Twins have advanced analytics that they use that are based on medical evaluations, and if so, how big a role do they play in evaluating players? (e.g. is it more of an "avoiding red flags" kind of thing or does it go beyond that?)
Separate question: Does your work involve much projecting of young players' development trajectories? I tend to see stats as more about parsing out a player's current "true talent," rather than projecting future development. Is that accurate?
Final question: How is your last name pronounced? I've heard both "go in" and "goyn."
Thanks so much!
Hi Jack, if forced to choose just one, what is your single favorite publically-available stat to measure offensive performance and why? (ie - BA, OBP, SLG, OPS, RC, RAA, OBA, VORP, TAv, any of their weighted brethren, etc)
Jack: What year did you graduate from Lake Forest College?? I played basketball there from 1976-1980. Go Fighting Foresters