Red Sox to the right, Astros to the left
As a stats-savvy fan, there are two things you should pay attention to during the MLB draft, which starts Monday. One, of course, is who your favorite team picks; you can find Insider's mock drafts and latest prospect news here. The other is how your favorite team approaches the draft, because smart organizations invest in the draft and dumb clubs don't, and the gap between them is growing.
To find out which teams are investing big in the draft and which teams are looking to save bucks -- and how that increasingly is making the difference between wins and losses at the major league level -- you must be an ESPN Insider.
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ABOUT THIS BLOG
Keating's blog covers the world of statistics and analytics. He will examine concepts for evaluating athletes and teams across all sports, not just those commonly associated with sabermetrics. He'll introduce researchers who are developing sports analytical tools. And he will present and examine "Next Level" findings from ESPN -- data analysis that goes beyond official statistics to explain strategies and performance.
Keating is a senior writer at ESPN the Magazine, where he has covered investigative and financial stories since 1999. He coordinates The Mag's annual "Ultimate Standings" project, which ranks all pro franchises according to how much they give back to fans. His work on concussions in football has earned awards from the Deadline Club, the New York Press Club and the Center for the Study of Sport in Society.
As an athlete, Keating has always combined the speed of Lou Piniella with the glovework of Darryl Strawberry, two childhood favorites. He lives in Montclair, N.J., with his wife, Karen, and their daughters, Eleanor and Samantha.