Kernelytics Baseball Blog

Finalized KCL Statistics

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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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KCL Weekly Update 5: Standings Hold Same Entering Longest Break of Season

Standings 1. Ground Sloths (13-7, – GB); Week: 3-1, W3 Schedule: 4-9 L vs Bobcats,  5-0 W vs Merchants, 8-4 W vs BlueCaps, 10-6 W vs Bobcats Description: Another strong week for the Ground Sloths as they extend their lead on the second-place Merchants to two games. The week started rough with a 9-4 loss…
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KCL Weekly Update 4: Ground Sloths Lead at Season Midpoint

Standings 1. Ground Sloths (10-6, – GB); Week: 3-2, W1 Description: The Ground Sloths have continued to ride their hot streak straight up to number one in the standings after a 3-2 week. The Ground Sloths took over the number one spot from the Merchants on Wednesday after beating the Merchants 4-2 and then beat…
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KCL Weekly Update 3: Merchants Slide, Ground Sloths Surge, Leading to Tie at the Top

Standings 1. Merchants (7-4, – GB); Week: 0-3, L3; Tiebreaker: 2-1 vs. Ground Sloths Description: After a hot start, jumping out to 7-1 throughout the first few weeks of the season, they have hit a rough patch, going 0-3 with a blowout loss to the Ground Sloths, shootout loss to the Bobcats, and then a…
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Creation of the FPCT+ Statistic

Author: Cade Nelson, Exercise Science Major at University of Kansas, Normal Cornbelters Baseball Analytics Intern What is FPCT+? Fielding Percentage Plus (FPCT+) is inspired by stats like OPS+ and ERA+, which takes the player’s ERA or OPS and normalizes and compares it to the entire league. For example, the average FPCT+ is 100, and an…
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KCL Weekly Update #2: Merchants Remain Top Team, but Bobcats’ Rasmussen Tops League

Standings 1. Merchants (7-1, – GB); Week: 4-0, W4 Description: The Merchants have not looked back since a heartbreaking walk-off 4-3 loss to the BlueCaps on Friday, May 26, the only time this season they scored less than 4 runs. Since then, the Merchants have won six straight, sweeping two rotations through the rest of…
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KCL Weekly Update #1: Opening Weekend Complete

Standings 1. Merchants (3-1, – GB); Tiebreaker: 1-0 vs. Ground Sloths Description: The Merchants have found a way to win in almost every game in their first week of play with three come-from-behind wins. Their offense is undoubtedly the best in the league, having two players in the top 5 in OPS, RBIs, and SLG.;…
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KCL Weekly Update #0: Season Preview

Power Rankings 1. Merchants (New Team), 23 Points Description: The Merchants seem to be set up to perform very well in their first year in the KCL. They have the most experienced pitching staff, averaging 28.14 college innings pitched per pitcher this season (which excludes players coming out of high school). While nobody jumps off…
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About Us

New to the Corn Crib this summer, the Kernyltics Baseball Blog is the work of 7 summer interns with the Cornbelters each with a different background in baseball and analytics. It serves as a place for these interns to post Players of the Week, Scouting Reports, Blog Posts, and more for both the Kernels Collegiate League (KCL), as well as the Normal Cornbelters. You can read more about these interns below or check out some of their work from the summer above. Enjoy your stay!


Matt Bowerman

SUNY Oswego

Rochester, NY

Information Science

Jeffrey Brover  
Rice University

Jeffrey Brover

Rice University

Delray Beach, FL

Sport Management and Statistics


Jacob Hallowell

Penn State

Quakertown, PA

Data Science


Clark Heideman

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Big Bend, WI



Cade Nelson

University of Kansas

Port Byron, IL

Exercise Science (Pre-PT)


Christian Taylor

Iowa State

Fairbury, IL

Management Information Systems (MIS)


Ian Thompson


Greenwell Springs, LA

Sport Commerce