Job Posting: Pittsburgh Pirates Player Valuation Analyst

Player Valuation Analyst

The Pirates Why

The Pittsburgh Pirates are a storied franchise in Major League Baseball who are reinventing themselves on every level. Boldly and relentlessly pursuing excellence by:

  • purposefully developing a player and people-centered culture;
  • deeply connecting with our fans, partners, and colleagues;
  • passionately creating lifetime memories for generations of families and friends; and
  • meaningfully impacting our communities and the game of baseball.

At the Pirates, we believe in the power of a diverse workforce and strive to create an inclusive culture centered in Passion, Innovation, Respect, Accountability, Teamwork, Empathy, and Service.

Job Summary

The Pittsburgh Pirates are currently seeking a full-time Analyst to join their Professional Player Valuation team. The Professional Player Valuation team is responsible for producing internal valuations of players and for communicating the insights from their research to others within Baseball Operations. In this role, you will have the ability to influence roster construction and to see the impact of your work on the field. This role will provide candidates with opportunities for growth and the ability to learn from others throughout the organization.

When you submit your application, please include an original piece of research, or a project you have worked on, that you feel is relevant to this position. There is no expectation that this research/project is baseball specific. While not essential for consideration, priority will be given to applicants who submit a sample of their work.

Primary Role Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the primary analyst for a subset of the professional player population
  • Collaborate with other areas of Baseball Operations on the assessment of professional players
  • Assist in the building of models and tools to aid in player skill assessment discussions
  • Prepare tools, visualizations, and reports to aid in disseminating information throughout Baseball Operations
  • Answer research questions that you think will add value to the organization, as well as those requested by department leadership and other within Baseball Operations

Involvement In:

  • Trade deadline meetings.
  • Off-season strategy meetings.
  • Roster management discussions.


  1. Authorized to work lawfully in the United States.
  2. Expertise with R, Python, or Stan
  3. Ability to generate insights with testable predictions from complex data sets
  4. Experience with programming data visualizations (Rshiny, Ggplot, or equivalent)
  5. Demonstrated ability to explain complex models and ideas clearly and succinctly
  6. Proficiency in SQL to perform data manipulation with an understanding or relational database structures
  7. An understanding of skill-acquisition and development concepts and their applications


  1. Strong interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals throughout the Baseball Operations department
  2. Passion for learning, especially in areas outside of individual expertise
  3. Ability to apply insights from external fields to baseball. Examples include, but are not limited to, computer science, kinesiology, machine-learning, physics, or psychology
  4. Initiative to seek out and perform research on topics of personal interest

To Apply:
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