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TBC Talent Ratings
Its 1 degree Fahrenheit. -17 Celsius. TBC offices have no power. The Hydro company has a scheduled outage on one of the coldest days of the year. Its been 3 hours and the slippers, hoodie and blanket have all been activated. The laptop battery and hotspot endure. The coldness is matched only by the darkness of the baseball off-season and the MLB lockout. Three is not much baseball news or reason to surf for baseball content. TBC traffic has taken a hit and I imagine 6 people are reading these posts. But I believe, oh yes, I believe, that someday they will come. This site, this game... it's a piece of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good. And that could be again. People will come. People will most definitely come.

Ok, Field of Dreams aside, the TALENT RATINGS. What are they? Where are they? What can I do with them?

What are they?
The Talent Ratings are on a 1-100 scale that act like an aggregation of centiles where 100 is the highest possible score. Players are ranked in several statistical categories based on basic equations. For example, power would be a function of his ability to hit home runs and extra base hits as compared to his plate appearances, for a given season/league, in relation to the players for that season/league. That POWER score for that season would then be averaged against scores for his other seasons. The result is a "Talent" rating score.

Where are they?
Currently, talent ratings are only visible to PREMIUM subscribers but you can also purchase the current scores for all players in text file format (importable into spreadsheet...Excel, Numbers, etc) in our Data Store. Note that the scores are available for any player in our database with a player page and enough at bats/innings pitched. Regardless of level.

What can I do with them?
When you navigate to a player page, you will see the scores on the top right of his page...where the ad would have been. This is the PLAYER ANALYSIS section and contains some tools to better evaluate players. Scores above 70 are highlighted in gray and scores above 80 are highlighted in gold.

Though you can purchase the talent ratings file from the store or navigate through players to view their scores, you can also use the PLAYER COMPARISON TOOL to compare talent ratings for selected players.

Anything to know about comparing ratings?
First, these are not scouting grades from professional/amateur scouts. They are statistical and purely objective and contextual to their league. THEREFORE, a dominant college player may have scores in the 90s for most categories...numbers that might be higher than Babe Ruth, Willie Mays or Mike Trout. This does not mean the college player is considered better than those superstars. It simply means he is dominated his peers.

Second, use the ratings as guides that provide additional insight into a player. Try to compare players at a similar point in their career or compare established Major Leaguers.

Last, active player scores will be weighted slightly towards recent seasons while inactive players will have all seasons treated equally. Also, a player who steals a lot of bases early in his career will have his speed rating diminished if he slows down over time. The longer he plays with a lower stolen base#, the lower his speed score will become.

What categories are available?

Speed -- Considers stolen bases compared to perceived opportunities.
Power -- Extra base hits (homers weighted higher) compared to balls put in play.
Contact -- Ability to avoid striking out
Extra Base Hits (XBH) -- Tendency to hit for extra bases, as related to hits
RBIs -- Tendency to drive in runs, indepedent of opportunity. Note that a higher RBI score likely means player was put in an RBI position more often.
Runs -- Ability to score a run once on base.
Hitting -- Ability to get hits
Durability -- Player's propensity to stay healthy as measured by games played relative to his team's games. This measure will actually measure both durability and useability.
Team Success -- Winning Percentage for the player's teams.

Strikeouts -- Based on strikeouts per batter faced.
Walks -- Based on walks per batter faced
Hittable -- Based on # of hits given up per inning pitched
SO/BB -- Based on the strikeout to walk ratio.
vs Power -- Based on abliity to prevent home runs (Per inning pitched).
Hitting -- Pitcher's hitting ability