Date of Award

2019

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Business

First Advisor

Dr. Kent Faught

Second Advisor

Dr. Chris Brune

Third Advisor

Dr. Johnny Wink

Abstract

In this paper, I use sabermetrics to analyze the Ouachita Baptist University men’s baseball team. I run correlation and regression analyses on the hitting and fielding and pitching statistics for games the Tiger baseball team have played from the 2003 season through the 2018 season. Using these analyses plus other information on sabermetrics I have studied, I determine which statistical categories lead to success for the Ouachita baseball team. Using these determinations, I create formulas that analyze player production for position players and pitchers on the 2018 Ouachita Baptist University men’s baseball team.

These formulas isolate four important factors for position player success and four important factors for pitcher success. Position player production is driven by on-base percentage (65%), slugging percentage (25%), stealing percentage (5%), and fielding percentage (5%). Pitcher production is driven by not walking or beaning hitters (35%), not giving up extra base hits (35%), striking out hitters (15%), and not giving up home runs (15%).

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