Daren Willman, the director of baseball research and development for Major League Baseball Advanced Media, known as BAM, said last year

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Daren Willman, the director of baseball research and development for Major League Baseball Advanced Media, known as BAM, said last year
that he was confident about Statcast’s data and its potential effect on players’ values.
“The skill that will fall off first is speed,” said Jeff Zimmerman, a statistician
and writer for the website FanGraphs, “and if that’s a major component of a player’s defense, that will fall off quickly too.”
Zimmerman found that 29-year-old center fielders saved about four fewer runs on average
per season than those a year younger, according to Ultimate Zone Rating.
Bloom said that Statcast’s data on Kiermaier “backs up what we’ve known for a while.”
“Especially when Kevin got to the upper levels of the minor leagues, and came close to breaking into the big leagues, we knew
that we had a very special athlete and player on our hands,” Bloom added.
“There’s so many different things that go into the arbitration process,
and I think players and clubs all acknowledge that it’s an imperfect process,” Bloom said.
“We’re looking at it in terms of one of our core players,
and what he means to us,” said Chaim Bloom, the Rays’ senior vice president for baseball operations.

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