Future Value
Future Value

Future Value

The Battle for Baseball's Soul and How Teams Will Find the Next Superstar
By Eric Longenhagen, By Kiley McDaniel


256 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $28.00 (US $28.00) (CA $38.00)

ISBN 9781629377674

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Apr 2020)

Not yet published. Ships 4/14/2020.
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How to watch baseball and see the future  
An unprecedented look inside the world of baseball scouting and evaluation from Fangraphs' lead prospect analysts For the modern major league team, player evaluation is a complex, multi-pronged, high-tech pursuit. But far from becoming obsolete in this environment?—as Michael Lewis' Moneyball once forecast?—the role of the scout in today's game has evolved and even expanded. Rather than being the antithesis of a data-driven approach, scouting now represents an essential analytical component in a team's arsenal. Future Value is a thorough dive into the world of the contemporary scout—a world with its own language, methods, metrics, and madness. From rural high schools to elite amateur showcases, from the back fields of spring training to major league draft rooms, FanGraphs' Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel break down the key systems and techniques used to assess talent. It's a process that has moved beyond the quintessential stopwatches and radar guns to include statistical models, countless measurable indicators, and a broader international reach. Practical and probing, discussing wide-ranging topics from tool grades to front office politics, this is an illuminating exploration of how to watch baseball and see the future.

Author Biography

Eric Longenhagen is the lead prospects analyst for FanGraphs. Kiley McDaniel covers prospects for FanGraphs. He has worked as a scout and in the front office for major league organizations.