D1 Analytics: Top 50 Draft Eligible 2020/2021 HittersProspects
As scouts build their future draft lists, the analytics department for each front office will send it’s area scouts a list of stat-based follows. In many instances, the names on this list will match those already on a scout’s personal follow list. In other instances, names on the stat-based list may be new to a scout, prompting the scout to get out and take a look at the office’s recommendations. We have approached the analytics process in similar fashion—to identify possible under the radar prospects. Hitting has been broken down into three categories: Plate Discipline, Hit Ability, and Game Power. Plate Discipline (PD) is a measure of how well a batter controls the strike zone. Hit Ability (HA) simply measures a batter’s ability to hit and reach base while Game Power (GP) is straightforward: Does the prospect produce extra base hits, getting to the power he may show in batting practice.
Adjustments have been made to account for park effects of the most extreme hitter and pitcher friendly parks, as well as an adjustment for a team’s strength of schedule. Our analysis is based solely on statistics.