Link to good article about Astros use of analytics. Please notice
the educational (non Baseball) back ground of their entire staff.
Here is a partial C &P-
Mejdal was Luhnow’s first hire after getting the GM job in Houston. A former engineer for NASA and Lockheed Martin with multiple engineering degrees and another in cognitive psychology, Mejdal took on the job title of Astros “director of decision sciences” – a title that, one supposes, probably didn’t exist in Branch Rickey’s day.
Asked how a front office built around quantitative analysis sought and found players with the impeccable makeup of these 2017 Astros, he said, “You rely on your experts. You rely on the coaching staff. So not only do you have the [player’s] quantifiable stuff, you have their reputation. You have our staff members’ best guesses of how he’s going to fit in, what he’s going to bring beyond the singles and doubles.”
At the center of it all is Hinch, the perfect bridge between the front office and the players. A 43-year-old Stanford grad with a degree in psychology, he is the prototype of the modern manager – the kind sweeping the game now: young, warm, smart, approachable, open to new ideas and free of the sort of ego and experience that might make a more old-school manager bristle at the intrusion of the front office into the on-field decision-making process.
“He’s ideal,” Mejdal said. “He’s wonderful. He’s a critical-thinking, open-minded manager who is incessantly trying to improve. And what more can you hope for?”
In a sense, Hinch is the conduit between the Astros’ brain and its heart. He and his staff receive the vast reams of information the front office provides and parcels it out to the players based on how much they want, how much they need and how much they can handle. And he manages to do so without making any of them feel like the sum of their cold, hard numbers.