Keith Woolner

Principal Data Scientist, Baseball Analytics, Cleveland Indians

Keith Woolner will be entering his 12th season in Baseball Analytics, having joined the Indians organization in 2007. In his role, he drives innovative research to improve the organization’s in-game strategy, player forecasting and acquisition decisions through the use of technology, data management, machine learning and statistical analysis.

Prior to joining the Indians, Keith was Director of Research & Development at Baseball Prospectus for 10 years. He has co-authored 10 books, including several editions of the Baseball Prospectus annual and the award-winning Baseball Between The Numbers. Keith is the inventor of VORP (Value Over Replacement Player), a well-known sabermetric statistic. For VORP, Keith won the 2016 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Alpha Award for Best Advanced Stat. He worked in the software industry for 15 years before joining the Indians, including stints at Oracle and SAS Institute.