Projecting X: How to Forecast Baseball Player Performance

FanGraphs expert Mike Podhorzer takes you on a journey through the process of projecting baseball player performance, teaching you the whats, whys and hows of both basic and advanced statistics. You will then discover how to use those newly acquired skills. A complete step-by-step tutorial on developing an Excel spreadsheet to perform the calculations follows. More

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About Mike Podhorzer

I never dreamed that I would someday publish a book, whether physical or electronic. It all started in the late 1990s when I picked up a free copy of Ron Shandler's Baseball Forecaster at a sports card show. After reading the annual publication from cover to cover, I would never look at baseball statistics the same way again. Having been completely immersed in the exciting world of fantasy baseball, I began forecasting baseball player performance and producing projections of my own, and have been doing so ever since. Following years of spreadsheets and calculations, I finally made the epic decision to share my process with the world.

I am the 2015 Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Baseball Writer of the Year and currently write for the baseball statistics and analysis website FanGraphs. I was also named a finalist by the FSWA for Best Article on the Web in 2013 and Writer of the Year in 2014. I compete in the Tout Wars and LABR fantasy baseball expert leagues and won the 2013 Tout Wars mixed draft league. Aside from my passion for number crunching, I also enjoy traveling, taking photos during those travels, attending concerts and comedy shows, and munching on falafel sandwiches.

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