HAVERFORD, Pa. – Josh Studnitzer '14 has joined the long line of Haverford College graduates working in professional baseball through his internship with the Baltimore Orioles. Working in the Player Development department, Studnitzer is working as a Minor League Video Operations Intern and is currently stationed with the Aberdeen Ironbirds, the Orioles' New York-Penn League affiliate.
Getting a jump start on his professional aspirations, Studnitzer served as the Haverford baseball team manager. He worked with head coach Dave Beccaria and assistant Nat Ballenberg by using analytics and video to assist with the offensive and pitching aspects of the game. Studnitzer created a dataset for every game that included offensive production in various counts, production against pitch types, and the number of pitches per at-bat for each hitter.
"It's pretty impressive to see a student from Haverford take his critical thinking skills and apply them to the baseball field," said Beccaria. "At the end of the year, Josh presented us with a 26-page document that provided a lot of information for us going forward."
To help pitching coach Ballenberg, Studnitzer would shoot, edit, and upload video of every outing for every pitcher, allowing Ballenberg to help with any mechanical issues. Taking his experiences to the professional level, Studnitzer helps the Orioles in player development. He sets up four cameras at every Ironbirds game to capture different angles of the game. While doing this, he charts the game digitally and then is able to sync them to the videos for evaluation by the coaching staff and front office.
Studnitzer attributes the education he got from Haverford to the opportunity the Orioles have given him.
"The professors in the Department of Economics, particularly Richard Ball, David Owens, and Anne Preston, allowed me to cater much of my coursework, including my senior thesis, around baseball-related topics," said Studnitzer. "Being able to study interesting and relevant aspects of the game in depth and think critically about my findings is a process I hope to continue in my professional life. In addition, working last summer as a research assistant with Professor Preston increased my comfort working with data immensely and allowed me to manipulate the data I collected for the team in interesting ways."
Haverford captured its second Centennial Conference championship in program history during the 2014 season. The Fords also won their opening round game at the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic regional over top-seeded Moravian.