Job posting

Job Offer: Chicago Cubs Research and Development Analyst

Position: Analyst, Research and Development

Department: R&D
Reports to: Director, Research & Development

The Chicago Cubs are looking for Analysts to join the Baseball Operations Research and Development Group. Analysts will contribute basic research deepening the Chicago Cubs general knowledge base while specializing in one of five main areas:

  • Amateur scouting
  • Biomechanics / Performance science
  • International scouting
  • MLB Advanced Scouting
  • Pitch development

The analyst will work closely with the entire R&D department to develop statistical models that assess development actors and opportunities, process and interpret data, and disseminate analytical information to their associated departments. We will review applications with different levels of experience.

The responsibilities of the analyst will vary depending on their purpose, but all will share responsibilities that contribute to the development of our understanding of skills, evaluation, strategy and decision making in baseball.

General Responsibilities:

  • Analyze collected data by leveraging internal models and insights
  • Identify, diagnose and resolve data quality issues across our baseball system
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of alternative technologies that offer innovative data solutions
  • Work with the Baseball Systems team to integrate new data analysis and visualizations into Cubs web applications
  • Represent the R&D department in discussions and presentations to stakeholders from other departments

Responsibilities of Amateur Scouting:

  • Create new models and update existing models assessing the skills of amateurs and how they might develop with future experience
  • Perform in-depth assessments and write reports on individual amateur players
  • Assist amateur scouts in their efforts to identify players of interest and facilitate their data collection and reporting efforts
  • Organize and oversee data ingestion from a variety of technologies

Responsibilities in biomechanics / performance sciences:

  • Analyze motion capture, force plate, and various sensor data to identify important performance thresholds that guide training development
  • Advance our organizational understanding of how biomechanical movements translate into observable ball and batted ball traits
  • Coordinate and verify the usefulness of new data flows from our punching and pitching laboratories
  • Collaborate with high performance, player development and recruiting departments to leverage player observations into actionable insights

Responsibilities of International Scouting:

  • Identify the relationships between information tracked about international amateur players and the future success of MLB systems
  • Develop models evaluating signing strategies and predicting the career paths of international amateurs
  • Perform in-depth assessments and write reports on individual international amateurs
  • Organize and oversee data ingestion from a variety of technologies

MLB Advanced Recruitment Responsibilities:

  • Analyze strategic decisions, defensive positioning and deployment of personnel in the game
  • Contribute to the design and creation of reporting tools for monitoring player performance in various dimensions
  • Assist the advanced process in preparing for future opponents
  • Resolve valuation gaps between model release and our coaching team

Responsibilities of pitch development:

  • Analyze strategic decisions, defensive positioning and deployment of personnel in the game
  • Review data collected on Cubs’ prospects and conduct in-depth assessments identifying their strengths and areas for improvement
  • Translate data results into tangible goals for coaching and skills development
  • To provide advice and research assistance to pitching coaches in the area of ​​player development when they raise questions that data analysis can answer.
  • Help develop and monitor data-driven player plans that will provide objective goals for pitchers across our system
  • Potentially travel to minor league affiliates to support player development initiatives

Qualifications required

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a quantitative field such as statistics, engineering, mathematics, physics, quantitative social sciences, computer science or operations research
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with SQL and knowledge of statistical coding algorithms in at least one programming language (e.g. C, MATLAB, Python, R)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of advanced baseball statistics
  • Passion for learning more about how to be successful in baseball
  • Previous work experience in professional baseball

To apply
Interested candidates can apply via this link.

Response expectations
Due to the overwhelming number of applications we receive, unfortunately we may not be able to respond to every applicant in person. However, we can assure you that you will receive an email confirmation when you apply as well as additional email notifications whether or not you are selected to advance for the position. Please note that we keep all resumes on file and will contact you if we wish to schedule an interview with you.

The Chicago Cubs and its affiliates are an equal opportunity employer committed to including and employing a diverse workforce. All applicants will be considered without distinction of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, social status. veteran, disability or other characteristics protected by law.

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