Originally Posted by Orenda
Your right that's probably more of a MLB question. But I was also wondering about the validity of reported statistics in the minor leagues. For example I know I've seen you post line drive% and other supporting peripherals in your analysis of minor league players which help to paint a more complete picture of a prospect. But who collects? and how is that information collected? For example, line drive percentage could be pretty subjective depending on who was collecting the data. Do the scouts and minor league staff of the Reds collect all of that, or is it available from independent sources.
There are stringers at each game who input the data for MLB/Milb.com for the 'GameDay' application. While they don't offer it on the page for lower minor leagues (currently only in AA and AAA), if you know the code you can get the lower level games. The guys are obviously going to have a differing opinion for home/road games, but at the end of the day it generally evens itself out. Every now and again you will see a few outliers to that data, but it isn't very often.