It's one of those additions that doesn't get a lot of attention, but the Atlanta Braves have added one of baseball's bright analytical minds to their ranks.
Mike Fast was the Houston Astros' Director of Research and Development and ran their analytics department. He's taken to Twitter to let everyone know of his organizational change:
I'm excited to join the Atlanta Braves and look forward to becoming part of the great team of people there.— Mike Fast (@fastballs) November 7, 2018
This is not a small addition. Atlanta has done a great job ever since Alex Anthopoulos took over as the general manager to enhance their number-crunching operation. Fast will now be a special assistant to the GM.
He will serve as a special assistant to #Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos.— Grant McAuley (@grantmcauley) November 7, 2018
While Braves manager Brian Snitker smacks of an old-school mentality, their embrace the analytics movement showed as they ran through the NL East for a division title, particularly in how they set themselves up defensively.
Fast was a huge part of the Astros front office, and had his hands all over that World Series championship in 2017. This is a big hire for the Braves, who are looking to take that next step forward in 2019.