Spring Training Stats - Absolutely Meaningless - Ask Luke Hughes and Matt Maloney
The games will start soon.
My challenge to the Twin Daily bloggers is to pledge not to use any data in spring training. The samples are way too small. The quality if competition way too varied. The data is absolutely meaningless.
Look at last year's numbers. Luke Hughes tore it up. People on this site were arguing the Mike Hollimon had earned a job. Brian Dinkelman and JR Towles joined them with an OPS's over .900. On the pitching side, Matt Maloney, Nick Blackburn and Francisco Liriano dominated.
Still uncertain? Look at 2011 data.
That is not to say that a player can't earn a job. If he does, it must be through the eyes of the staff watching every at bat in the cage, looking at the quality of approach at the plate, seeing the range in the field during drills...
We won't see it. We can't measure it. We can pledge not to use the data that is so obviously useless. Don't agree? Let's argue it out now before we get to the games.