Job Posting: Boston Red Sox Baseball Operations Analyst

Position: Boston Red Sox Baseball Operations Analyst (focus on Pitching Development)

Location: Boston

The Boston Red Sox are seeking an Analyst for the team’s Pitching Development and Baseball Research & Development groups. The role will focus primarily on using an analytical approach to evaluate pitcher performance and provide support to development staff in the field. The analyst will work closely with VP, Pitching Development and the R&D team to develop methods to improve the effective understanding and application of pitch tracking data throughout Baseball Operations.

The position reports to VP, Pitching Development and VP, Baseball Research & Development, and candidates are expected to start in January, 2017.


  • Research, develop, and test methods and models of pitcher performance to support Pitching Development staff in the field and Baseball Operations decision-making.
  • Conduct in-depth evaluations of a wide range of professional and amateur pitchers.
  • Effectively present analyses through the use of written reports and data visualization methods to disseminate insights to members of the Baseball Operations staff and leadership.
  • Maintain working expertise of leading-edge analytics, including publicly available research and novel statistical approaches, in order to recommend new or emerging techniques, technologies, models, and algorithms.
  • Other projects and related duties as directed by VP, Pitching Development, VP, Baseball Research & Development, and other members of Baseball Operations leadership.


  • Bachelor’s degree in an analytic field such as statistics, engineering, applied math, physics, quantitative social sciences, computer science, or operations research.
  • Demonstrated experience with pitch data analysis and pitch-level datasets (e.g., PITCHf/x or TrackMan).
  • Advanced understanding of statistical methods or machine learning techniques.
  • Demonstrated experience with programming languages (e.g., C, Python, or R).
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate technical ideas to non-technical audiences using data visualization.
  • Demonstrated work ethic and passion for baseball operations.
  • Proficiency with modern database technologies including SQL.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word).
  • Ability to work evening, weekend, and holiday hours is a must.
  • Other programming and database skills are a plus.

To Apply:
To apply, please email with the subject “Baseball Operations Analyst”. Please include the following:

  1. Updated resume
  2. Example of pitcher analysis you’ve done, preferably using TrackMan or PITCHf/x data

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