Sample size, sample size, sample size.

Now that we’re far enough along into the MLB season, we’re ready to unleash the third phase of our analytics department: you guessed it, baseball stats. 

With baseball, we have now finished three-fourths of our Dynamic Player Rating or DPR, and this is the most dynamic and encompassing stat yet. The remaining fourth, of course, is football DPR.

I should mention, I’m Andre Simone the head of BSN Analytics, and I’ve spent most of my time the past several months developing DPR for baseball, while also putting together all the other stats we’re providing for the Colorado Rockies and MLB.

All of our BSN Denver subscribers can now see a player profile for every Rockies player with over 30 stats, with season averages for all of them. So say goodbye to scrolling through five different tabs to see the stats you crave, as they’re all neatly found in one place.

In those player profiles you’ll also find our game logs with a DPR for every game each player’s appeared in, and for the pitchers we’re also providing the pitching arsenal for each flamethrower that’s seen the mount this season in Purple and Black—note, those are based on career percentages, not this season alone. 

You’ll also see those stats in our Rockies stat page, where you’ll be able to sort each statistical category. All these statistics, including DPR, will be updated in the middle of the night after every Rockies game.

For those of you who don’t know or didn’t see our previous stat launches for the NBA and NHL, DPR is a proprietary all-encompassing metric that gives a number from 0 to 100 for a player’s overall performance in a season. Unlike WAR in baseball or PER in basketball, DPR also provides a game-by-game rating for every player.

Of course, now that we have the stat in all three sports, the debate of who the best athlete in the major four sports can actually begin, based off of this one statistic that’s on the same scale for each sport. To see the best performers per DPR in the NBA, NHL, and MLB click on those links.

Given that we’re only about a third of the way into the MLB season we’re also providing a 2017 database for the top DPR performers, where sample size is not an issue. Speaking of which, you’ll see that in 2018 there are players like Justin Verlander and Mookie Betts who are putting up absurd DPRs in this first part of the season. Both of their ratings would put them well above any DPR measured to date, expect those to come back to earth, though, it’s certainly noteworthy to see how well they’re doing thus far.

This is also our biggest database of DPR league leaders, as you’ll find the top-35 hitters, starting pitchers and relievers in the MLB on our site. 

As far as Denver teams go, Adam Ottavino has put up the highest DPR for the Rockies, which is particularly impressive given he’s a reliever. His 79.28 is second amongst all relievers in the MLB and would be higher than any NBA or NHL athlete in Denver to date. So when you’re debating who the most dominant athlete is among Colorado’s big-four teams, don’t forget about Otto, who’s been playing out of his mind this year. 

Mind you, this is just the tip of the iceberg as we plan on adding a few different stats for individuals and teams as the season moves on. For now, check out our new statistical databases and give your suggestions in the comments below.

A big thank you goes out to the entire BSN team as this large undertaking required a big effort from the entire group. A special thank you goes out to our Rockies beat writer Drew Creasman, who used his journalistic chops to ask around and survey bigwigs in the MLB about the validity of our metric and what stats to add or omit from the DPR algorithm.

Andrea Cornaglia was essential as always and is simply a mastermind in helping develop everything that’s involved with our calculations, even calculating several stats like ERA or FIP in-house to aid with the automation of everything. Also, a special shout-out goes to our interns Zach Rooney and Henry Chisholm who were great in creating and developing the various pages you can now enjoy.

Now on to football! Until then, thank you for the support and welcome to the next phase of our BSN Stats. 

Andre Simone
Author

Andre B. Simone, was born in Boulder, Colorado raised in Milan, Italy and is the draft and film analyst for BSNDenver.com. Education:  Graduated in communications with an emphasis in media, and double minored in journalism and philosophy at Western State University of Colorado. Career: I got back into media and worked briefly for the NPR affiliate up in Crested Butte, CO. I then starter working on a podcast for an Italian website on American sports which eventually became three weekly shows. We soon became the only podcast that featured player interviews, had prospect endorsements for our draft podcast, and am sure I was the only international media member credentialed at various pro-days I attended. In that period I became one of two media members from Italy to become part of the FWAA. At BSN Denver I started doing film rooms which have since caught on in several sports and got picked up by Bleacher Report and the Denver Broncos website. Our draft coverage has quickly become the standard bearer for the area. I was tasked with launching BSN ATS, in short time ironing out two metrics that have been close to identical to the methodology Las Vegas uses to generate their weekly NFL spreads. I covered the Colorado Rapids’ magical run to the Western Conference playoffs in 2016 after adding maybe the greatest American soccer player of all time in Tim Howard. My career highlight is probably following the Colorado Buffaloes magical 2016 “Rise” to Pac-12 south champions, attending their final five home-games, and following their top NFL prospects throughout the process. That offseason I also discovered Austin Ekeler one of the best stories of that draft and a true revelation as an NFL standout. I was the only media member to go out on a limb and say he was a legitimate NFL prospect, he’s proved me right in a short amount of time. Most memorable sports moment: Seeing the greatest comeback in Nebraska football history in Lincoln while cheering from the visitors side for Ohio State in 2011. The atmosphere in that stadium was beyond anything I’ve ever felt, including European soccer rivalries that can be pretty intense. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: This might have to be a tie between Terry Frei’s '77: Denver, The Broncos, and a Coming of Age. and Our Adrian Dater’s ‘Blood Feud…’ Both books have been crucial in my career path, AD’s book actually planted the seed for me doing this. Those 77 Broncos are an unbelievable team, I love that story and how it connects to the roots of the city. I read both books in a really important developmental period personally, they hold a special place in my heart. One sports movie that I can’t live without: Growing up in Italy any American sports movies in our house where true gold. Remember The Titans, Space Jam, Angles in the Outfield, and Jerry McGuire all were played in the VHS without end at different periods. But I’m not a fiction guy, my favorite sports movies are almost all documentaries now, my favorite being “Once Brothers” the 30-for-30 on Drazen Petrovic’s rise as Yugoslavia fell. It gets me every time as it’s just my movie; with 90’s hoops, Euro basketball, and the right amount of nostalgia. Most memorable experience as a reporter: Sitting down with Austin Ekeler, hearing his journey and knowing right then and there the kind of story I had uncovered was a pretty exhilarating experience. He’d never done that kind of thing before so he was an open book, we talked for an hour, he gave all sorts of insights, we related on many levels, it was a treat to meet someone who loves football that much. The sport that started it all: I played soccer and tennis growing up always following sports obsessively. What really took things to the next level was basketball which I picked up starting high school, I practiced all the time, joined the team, and played all four years. We were terrible but a great group of friends who are still close today. I struggled reading as a youngster and Slam magazine is where my love for reading really took off too. Maybe more than any basket I ever mad that’s the greatest thing hoops gave me