Job Posting: Minnesota Twins Director of Baseball Research

Position: Director, Baseball Research

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Position Overview

As Director, Baseball Research, you will serve as a key leader in the Twins organization, overseeing the development of analytical solutions that improve the Club’s baseball performance. You will set the overall vision for Baseball Research and manage the team leads for Core Research, Sports Science, International Amateur Scouting, and Domestic Amateur Scouting (“Baseball Research Subgroups”). You will partner closely with the Director, Baseball Systems to shape the Twins’ internal baseball system. You will communicate findings with coaches, scouts, and front office executives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

People Leadership

  • Lead Baseball Research department staff, including direct supervision of Baseball Research Subgroup leads.
  • Identify opportunities for technical and career growth of Baseball Research employees.
  • Mentor analysts on proper usage of modern modeling techniques (Bayesian, Deep learning, AutoML, etc.) and assist in growing competencies in any identified skill gaps.

Technical Leadership and Project Management

  • Refine and execute best practices around project management, including gathering requirements, prioritization, tracking work in process, and issue tracking.
  • Implement standards for code quality and model validation.
  • Understand the software development lifecycle as it pertains to data science (MLOps/ML engineering) to efficiently guide projects to production.

Department Leadership

  • Partner with Scouting, Player Development and Baseball Operations leaders to incorporate Baseball Research empowered decision-making throughout the organization.
  • Coordinate with Baseball Operations stakeholders and other leaders in Baseball Research to define departmental goals and priorities.
  • Provide leadership in third-party technology purchase decisions, technology implementation, and budget management.
  • Lead Baseball Research hiring, with a focus on identifying talent from underrepresented backgrounds.

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in mathematics, statistics, economics, physics, computer science, other quantitative field, or commensurate work experience.
  • 5+ years of full-time work experience in a quantitative field.
  • Experience effectively managing a team of analysts, data scientists, and data engineers.
  • Data analyst experience: ability to model, interpret, and analyze statistics.
  • Exceptional skill communicating complex statistical concepts with stakeholders from a wide range of technical and non-technical backgrounds.
  • Experience as a contributor with statistical programs such as R, Python, Matlab, Julia, Stan.
  • Experience as a contributor with SQL and relational databases.


  • Experience as a contributor or a leader with project management frameworks (e.g. Agile, Lean) and software management tools (e.g. Azure DevOps, Jira, Trello, Asana).
  • Experience with MLOps/data science lifecycle: taking experiments into production with orchestration, deployment, and diagnostics.
  • Experience deeply analyzing baseball or other sports problems.

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Meg is the managing editor of FanGraphs and the co-host of Effectively Wild. Prior to joining FanGraphs, her work appeared at Baseball Prospectus, Lookout Landing, and Just A Bit Outside. You can follow her on twitter @megrowler.

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