​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:

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.

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.