Phillies to do more with analytics

Phillies to do more with analytics

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September 30, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Looking to improve their decision-making in the player-personnel area, the Phillies will use more analytics in their evaluation processes.

“We’re going to make some changes,” GM Ruben Amaro said. “I think we’re doing some stuff analytically to change the way we do some evaluations.”

The Phillies have long been an organization that relies on scouting more than statistics. The team’s two World Series-winning teams were built by scouts, Paul Owens and Dallas Green in 1980 and Pat Gillick in 2008.

“Look, we’re going to continue to be a scouting organization,” Amaro said. “That said, I think we owe it to ourselves to look at some other ways to evaluate. We’re going to build more analytics into it. Is it going to change dramatically the way we go about our business? No. But we owe it to ourselves to at least explore other avenues.”

Amaro said the club might hire a person with an analytics background.

“We may bring someone in from the outside, but we have not decided that yet,” Amaro said. “If we have any changes at all, they will be pretty minor.”