On Thursday, the New York Mets made two significant hires when they added long-time Baseball Prospectus writer Russell Carleton and NEIFI analyst Andrew Perpetua to their analytics team.
Tim Healey of Newsday reports that the Mets are still planning on hiring a couple more analysts over the coming weeks.
Of course, the front office overhaul began early in the offseason when the Mets went out-of-the-box to hire agent Brodie Van Wagenen as their new general manager. Early on, Van Wagenen said that improving – and simply adding bodies to one of the smallest analytics groups in baseball – would be one of his focuses.
The first step in the process was when they hired Adam Guttridge to be the assistant manager of systematic development. Guttridge co-founded NEIFI (normalized empirical individual forecasting index), worked with the Brewers as manager of baseball research and development, and consulted for the Rockies.
Guttridge hired Perpetua to work for NEIFI, and was the one that recently reached out to Carleton about a possible job with the Mets.
The Mets started this offseason with reportedly only three full-time persons (and lost Chris Pang to Yankees last month) in the analytics department (second lowest in MLB), but have now added Guttridge, Carleton, and Perpetua.
Luis Rojas, previously Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies manager, has been added to the major league coaching staff as a quality control coach as well. He will look to be a conduit for information from the analytics department down to the players.