Future Value: The Battle for Baseball's Soul and How Teams Will Find the Next Superstar

Future Value: The Battle for Baseball's Soul and How Teams Will Find the Next Superstar

How to watch baseball and see the future

For the modern major league team, player evaluation is a complex, multi-pronged, high-tech pursuit. But far from becoming obsolete in this environment⁠—as Michael Lewis' Moneyball once forecast⁠—the role of the scout in today's game has evolved and even expanded. Rather than being the antithesis of a data-driven approach, scouting now represents an essential analytical component in a team's arsenal.

Future Value is a thorough dive into the world of the contemporary scout—a world with its own language, methods, metrics, and madness. From rural high schools to elite amateur showcases; from the back fields of spring training to major league draft rooms, FanGraphs' Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel break down the key systems and techniques used to assess talent. It's a process that has moved beyond the quintessential stopwatches and radar guns to include statistical models, countless measurable indicators, and a broader international reach.

Practical and probing, discussing wide-ranging topics from tool grades to front office politics, this is an illuminating exploration of what it means to watch baseball like it's your job.

Title:Future Value: The Battle for Baseball's Soul and How Teams Will Find the Next Superstar
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781629377674
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    Future Value: The Battle for Baseball's Soul and How Teams Will Find the Next Superstar Reviews

  • John

    This is a weird review to write, because there are two really divergent grades I want to put on this book. The information contained within is good and useful; this shouldn't surprise anyone, as Eric ...

  • Albert

    This is an interesting book that probably shares more about the current Major League Baseball front office and scouting cultures than almost any book out there. If "The MVP Machine: How Baseball's New...

  • Russel Henderson

    A fantastic look at the worlds of amateur scouting and prospect development. They go piece by piece, ranging from the draft to IFA to pro scouting and on to the data and technology revolutions in eval...

  • Roxanne

    I really loved the book. Three people in my family played pro baseball and one of them also did scouting. Scouting had changed from actually seeing the players play and using all this new technology a...

  • Scot

    I was extremely disappointed by this book. It's an interesting topic, and the authors clearly have a lot of knowledge and information to share. But the book is terribly written - it reads like a term ...

  • Drew Davis

    In my opinion this is the best book out there now for baseball. For those reviews that stated this book read like a paper, well you just are a casual fan of baseball. As someone aspiring to work for a...

  • Lauren

    Interesting insight on scouting and draft and how they'll get the next set of players.. It had a good balance of how it can make or break. I really wish there was more on drafts in media after reading...

  • Brandon

    This is the book every baseball superfan and amateur scout has always wanted. The authors peel back the veil into the process teams use to evaluate players, and give deep insight into how scouts proje...

  • Michael

    A little inconsistent (two authors writing one book is hard!), and weirdly leaning a bit to old-timey scouting, but still very well done, and a worthwhile resource. Better read it now, though, since t...

  • Hlbeans

    One of my favorite baseball books ever! Not for people who are sort of into baseball though. Need to be a hardcore baseball fan or this will likely be way over your head....