Job Posting: Pittsburgh Pirates Player Valuation Analyst

Position: Player Valuation Analyst

Reports To: Assistant Director, Professional Player Valuation
Department: Professional Player Valuation

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. This role will provide candidates with opportunities for growth and the ability to learn from others throughout the organization. In this role, you will have the ability to influence roster construction and to see the impact of your work on the field.

Primary Role Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the primary analyst for a subset of Major League organizations
  • Collaborate with other areas of Baseball Operations on the assessment of professional players
  • Assist in the building of player valuation models and review code previously developed by the Baseball Informatics team
  • 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 others within Baseball Operations
  • Contribute to staff identification and hiring process

This Candidate Can Expect to be Involved In:

  • Trade Deadline Meetings
  • Offseason Strategy Meetings
  • Roster Management Discussions

Role Qualifications:

  • Expertise with R, Python, or Stan
  • Ability to generate insights with testable predictions from complex data sets
  • Experience with programming data visualizations (ggplot or equivalent)
  • Demonstrated ability to explain complex models and ideas clearly and succinctly
  • Proficiency in SQL to perform data manipulation with an understanding of relational database structures
  • An understanding of skill-acquisition and development concepts and their applications

Preferred Candidates Possess Multiple of the Following:

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

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. It is an additional benefit if you can include your code.

To Apply:
To be considered for this position, you must apply here.

The content in this posting was created and provided solely by the Pittsburgh Pirates.





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.

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Candidates’ analysis should reach the following conclusion: If the player in question is scheduled to earn more than $1,000,000, that player is overvalued and should be traded for prospects.