Anthony McCarron had a story yesterday detailing the changes the Yankees have made to their Minor League operations this offseason. While it still seems strange that both Damon Oppenheimer and Mark Newman could keep their jobs despite the farm system's recent failures, there are other things that have changed, including more scouts being hired, upgrades to the Tampa facility, the hiring of former Major League manager Mike Quade as the outfield/baserunning coordinator, and more efforts being put towards injury prevention.
What stood out most to me in the list of improvements was the reference to a statistical analyst being added to the fold:
"Down the hall from Newman’s office sits a 'PhD in advanced math and statistics,' says Newman, a statistical analyst devoted to the player development department."
The article didn't specify if this was a new position or not, but I sincerely hope it isn't. If the Yankees are just now getting on board with the idea of advanced statistical analysis and applying it to their scouting and player development, they are seriously behind the curve. The lack of statistical analysis being integrated into their scouting and development strategies could be another reason we've seen the farm system struggle so badly in the recent past, and to just be adding it now doesn't make me feel good about having the same guys in charge of running the Minors.
IT IS HIGH! IT IS FAR! IT IS... caught.: "I knew that Scranton would play a role in all of this. I have booked a seat on the 8:20 p.m. Greyhound out of Durham. I arrive in Scranton at 2:20 p.m., tomorrow afternoon. There is free wifi on every Greyhound bus now, there are individual power outlets, and I am told that the legroom situation has improved significantly. I'm no prima donna, but comfort matters when you are tracking leads. Today is my sixteenth wedding anniversary, but I told my wife that this is important. This comes first. She didn't reply. I have budgeted one full day in Scranton before I take the Sunday night Greyhound to Tampa in order to track down Alphonso's and ALL CAPS's leads. I am on the Express Bus, and I will arrive two days later (just before noon on Tuesday). Not bad for $252 and only 3 transfers. Watch for regular updates from the road."
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