Advanced metrics have obviously grown to play an integral role in front-office decisions today. But they have also seeped into pop culture, due in large part to the movie "Moneyball."
All you have to do is flip through an organization's media guide to notice its significance. The Giants employ two men whose titles and job descriptions might give anyone a headache. Yeshayah Goldfarb is the Giants' director of Minor League operations and quantitative analysis. Jeremy Shelley, the vice president of pro scouting and player evaluation, is described as "[assisting] in the areas of statistical analysis" and "[overseeing] the information systems within the scouting department."
Essentially, that fancy lingo means their primary task is to sift through advanced metrics and relay their findings to the Giants brass to assist with roster moves, acquisitions, contract negotiations and arbitration. San Francisco isn't regarded as a sabermetrics candyland, but it operates with the understanding that every piece of information carries value. With team operating budgets in the hundreds of millions, there's little margin for error.