Yes, it's something you said...
Who does that high school right-hander remind me of? I know I’ve seen those mechanics in a player before. Are we overlooking a piece of the puzzle? Scouting is a complicated process. But, at its core it comes down to one thing — experience.
Witnessing and distilling 1000s of lifetime interactions into a single number eliminates the real power of that knowledge. Raw descriptions and skill notes are the scouting gold. Draftpoint uses that gold to highlight what your scouts are really saying about current prospects and how similarly described players in the past might help predict future success
Why is Draftpoint so beneficial for MLB Teams?
Baseball scouts have been using the 20-80 evaluation scale for decades. It’s standard. For the most part, experienced scouts are remarkably good at hanging an approximate Overall Future Potential number on a player they watch. But, when scouts see so many players and are mandated to score players with a number divisible by 5 or 10 between 20 & 80, the prospect list can get jumbled and difficult to separate. Is every player with a 55 OFP the exact same player? Is every scout's 55 the same? Does every 55-grade Fastball look the same? Of course not. That’s where Draftpoint steps in to help. OFPs are necessary, but how scouts describe each player is the key to differentiating between the prospects. Draftpoint uses ONLY the scouting report language, creating a valuable auxiliary piece of the decision puzzle for both drafting and acquiring talent.
How does Draftpoint work?
Scouting Language Analysis & prediction
You rely on your experienced amateur and professional scouting team to evaluate the best on-field talent, gathering valuable notes of each interaction. These raw descriptions and skill notes are priceless to both MLB teams and Baseball America. Draftpoint uses these assets to highlight what internal MLB scouts and Baseball America writers are really saying about current prospects and how similarly described players in the past might help predict future success.
Show me the Comps
You know you’ve seen that swing before. The hands, the bat speed, the extension; it all looks familiar. Making that accurate comp is half the battle in scouting a prospect at any level. Determined by how your scouting team describes each skill, Draftpoint makes those comps for you, breaking it down by skill assessments, strength of comp, amateur or professional, and year range.
“Draftpoint adds significant value to our talent acquisition process by recognizing test patterns found deep in the way scouts naturally talk about players. Scouting is all about player comparisons: 'what am I seeing', 'who does that remind me of', and 'what happened to the last player I saw like that.' Draftpoint leverages long-form knowledge from subject-matter experts, and turns it into insights that raw numbers can't provide.
"Pie thrower" and "Exit Velo"?
Good and bad, scouts have their own lexicon. To the layman, describing a pitcher as a “pie thrower” seems odd, but benign. To a scout it’s the last thing you want to see…and write. On the other end of the spectrum, describing a player having “top-end exit velo” is a definitively positive quality. Draftpoint allows decision-makers to go inside their team’s reports over time and find words and phrases that say far more than they appear.
Draftpoint doesn’t just do the math on comps, it show its work for every result. Scouting Directors and Front Office Executives use Draftpoint to do side-by-side historical comparisons between descriptions of players. With the ability to directly compare two players described by the same scout or filtered by skill evaluation, Draftpoint gives decision makers extra confidence during the player drafting & acquisition process.
“Big data isn't a competitive advantage, but big insights are. Big insights come from tacit knowledge... that volume of experiences that sit in our memory, often just below our awareness, and it comes out in the way we speak and write. That knowledge is extremely valuable, and difficult to capture. Draftpoint captures tacit knowledge and analyzes it in a systematic way, leading to insights that are otherwise unavailable.
Charts, Maps, and Reports
Tacit knowledge is inherently tough to gather and consume. As a result, some organizations remove the qualitative part of player evaluation from the process. Draftpoint makes including that component as easy as reading a heat map or exporting language-based analysis to Excel, Tableau, Spotfire and more.
Draft class analysis by skill
What if you’re a scouting director and need to see who your scouting team really thinks has the best curveball in the draft class? Draftpoint allows them to create personalized reports on any skill or skills complete with predictive ratings of future effectiveness compared to the class. This puts the power of language front-and-center and creates a more confident selection process when quantified analysis gets messy.