Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Paul Johnson

Second Advisor

Lloyd Wade

Third Advisor

Dwight Frink

Relational Format



The area of study for this thesis is the use and optimization of the sub-departments within the larger baseball operations department in Major League Baseball front offices. The research is divided into the history of the two major units—scouting and analytics. This background is followed by an investigation of the balance between them. Information for this analysis was obtained through secondary research, primarily articles for online journals and previously conducted interviews with front office personnel. I have also included some of my own work, which was completed during the summer of 2019. The findings of the analysis are that the balance between scouting and analytics in the game today is going to vary for each team depending on the resources of the organization as well as the competencies of the general manager. Three teams—the Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Diego Padres—are used to exemplify the variation. Overall, there is not a single correct way to operate the department, but rather a proper method to determine the balance that is optimal for the individual team.

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