2022 All-Star Jackson Chatterton

October 25, 2022

Congratulations to our 2022 Prospect League All-Star, Jackson Chatterton!

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Finalized KCL Statistics

July 29, 2022

Author: Jeffrey Brover, Sport Management and Statistics at Rice University Below are six sortable and searchable tables of basic and advanced statistics in hitting, pitching, fielding, and catching for the 2022 KCL season. A glossary of all statistics can be found at the bottom. Hitting Statistics Pitching Statistics Fielding Statistics Glossary Basic Hitting GP: Games…

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Top KCL and CornBelters Performances of the Summer

July 29, 2022

Author: Jeffrey Brover, Sport Management and Statistics at Rice University Intro Throughout the summer, the Kernels Collegiate League (KCL) played a total of 61 games at the Corn Crib, while the Cornbelters will play a 59-game regular season slate (31 home, 28 away), not counting up to five potential additional playoff games. This means a…

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Choosing an MVP in the KCL

July 27, 2022

Author: Robert Reyes, Applied Mathematics Major at UCLA, Normal Cornbelters Baseball Analytics Intern 0. Introduction How do you decide on an MVP? This is the question MVP voters have been asking themselves for generations. The crux of the question is the word value. What defines value? Who has more value than others? Do you have…

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KCL Postseason Awards: Cy Young, MVP, COTY, Team MVP/Cy, and All-KCL Announced

July 18, 2022

Editor’s Note: All awards and statistics are based on regular season play and therefore exclude playoff game statistics League Awards League Cy Young: Ground Sloths #8 Austin Baker, LHP (Lakeland Sophomore) 30.2 IP, 5-1, 38 K, 3.55 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 30 H, 10 ER, 12 BB This year’s Kernels Collegiate League Pitcher of the Year…

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KCL Weekly Update 7: Sloths Clinch First, BlueCaps Leave Last with Two Games Remaining

July 13, 2022

In the past forty-eight days at the Corn Crib, 122 baseball players from around the Bloomington-Normal Area, the state of Illinois, and the entire country have played at least one game as a member of the BlueCaps, Bobcats, Ground Sloths, and Merchants in the Kernels Collegiate League. During that time, 541 runs have crossed the…

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What Factors into Distance?

July 13, 2022

Author: Jacob Hallowell, Penn State Data Science When batting, a few main factors go into hitting the ball far. These factors include Launch Angle, Exit Velocity, Spin Rate, and Spin Direction. Using data acquired during batting practice with Hayden Stork, a Kernel’s Collegiate League (KCL) player, we are able to take all sorts of data…

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fWAR for the KCL

July 13, 2022

Author: Robert Reyes, Applied Mathematics Major at UCLA, Normal Cornbelters Baseball Analytics Intern 0. Overview of KCL fWAR Wins Above Replacement (WAR) is one of the most important stats that sabermetrics has introduced. It aims to measure how many wins a player is worth to their team by comparing them to a “replacement player,” or…

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KCL Weekly Update 6: Bobcats Reach Merchants, as Sloths Eye Regular Season Crown

July 6, 2022

Standings 1. Ground Sloths (16-8, – GB); Week: 3-1, W1 Schedule: 5-1 W vs Merchants,  7-4 W vs BlueCaps, 0-3 L vs Bobcats, 5-4 W vs Merchants Description: The Ground Sloths continued rolling this week as they went 3-1 and solidified themselves as the top team. Their only loss came on July 3rd to the…

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How To Pick a Cy Young: An In-Depth Analysis of KCL 2022’s Top Pitchers

July 6, 2022

Author: Jeffrey Brover, Sport Management and Statistics at Rice University Note: Statistics for KCL through July 4; Statistics for MLB through June 30 0. Introduction At the end of every MLB season, thirty members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, one for each team, place a vote for their top five ranked candidates for…

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