To succeed in the competitive environment of Major League Baseball, teams must assemble the best possible collection of players. While doing so primarily involves acquiring talented players, teams must also account for how these players fit together. In this paper, I used the WAR metric to explore how the distribution of player talent affects team performance. Specifically, an analysis was conducted to determine the effect that altering the moments of this distribution has on team performance. I found that increasing the standard deviation of a team's position players tends to negatively impact the team, and that teams with higher standard deviation and skewness for pitchers also tend to perform slightly worse. These results suggest that teams could benefit by accounting for the spread of player talent.
"Analysis of Baseball Team Construction,"
Skyline - The Big Sky Undergraduate Journal: Vol. 1
, Article 2.
Available at: http://skyline.bigskyconf.com/journal/vol1/iss1/2