O’s need to add fuel to their an­a­lyt­ics fire

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS - By Jon Me­oli

Whether they meant to or not, the pitch­ers tar­geted dur­ing the Ori­oles’ tear­down trades last sum­mer came from or­ga­ni­za­tions that not only had em­braced base­ball’s data revo­lu­tion but had found ways to im­prove their play­ers with the fruits of it.

Then, those pitch­ers were plucked from the best sea­sons of their young ca­reers and placed into an or­ga­ni­za­tion that hadn’t yet em­braced those tools.

Pitch­ing de­vel­op­ment has bar­reled for­ward in re­cent years, with the pro­lif­er­a­tion of data-track­ing sys­tems, speed cam­eras and reams of in­for­ma­tion help­ing teams re­fine and ad­vance the ar­se­nals of their young arms.

KEVIN RICHARD­SON/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

New Ori­oles gen­eral man­ager Mike Elias is bring­ing a more an­a­lyt­ics-based ap­proach than the club was used to. The Ori­oles re­port to spring train­ing Tues­day.

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