The Status Quo is Hurting You
How much better would your organization be today if your pitching prospects had actually stayed healthy over the last decade?
Injuries Aren't Inevitable
What if your top pitching prospects, the guys you spent huge money to scout and sign, continued to develop injury-free, becoming the Major League workhorses you thought they’d become? Our work is predictive. We produce hundreds of detailed, accurate risk evaluations every year so you can sleep better knowing that you're scouting, drafting and signing pitchers who carry a lower chance of being wiped out by injury. Future injury probability should be a part of every team's decision-making. Our value-add is reduced frustration and DL time, and a wider, healthier talent pool of durable pitchers competing up and down your organization.
We Get Results
Our results are very strong, and they've won over even our most skeptical partners. Over the last four draft years, pitchers that we rated at
have experienced major surgery at a ratio of
9 to 1
relative to pitchers that we rated at
Results in the intermediate risk categories are also linear. Contact us to discuss our results in greater detail.
A Track-Record of Success with 1000s of Pitchers Evaluated
Our ML partner organizations know which pitchers are most and least likely to experience injury. They invest top dollars in lower risk pitchers, and leave everyone else with the injury busts. Co-founder Michael Witte worked as St. Louis Cardinals' risk evaluator for five years from 2005 through 2009 before leaving to start Classic. In that time, the Cardinals produced more Major Leaguers through the draft relative to any other team in baseball. Classic now works with eight Major League organizations. As we've grown, each of our teams has continued to engage us, expressing deep satisfaction with our service and professionalism. We have 100% client retention going into our fifth year.
Pitcher Health is Important. Very Important.
Did you know: Between 2001 and 2010 a total of 149 pitchers were selected within the first 30 picks of the amateur draft. The outcomes and career trajectory of those pitchers is dramatic when the group is separated into two categories:
Did Not Experience Surgery Before Age 26: 5,800+ ML Games Started, 540 WAR
Did Experience Surgery Before Age 26: 1,100+ ML Games Started, 50 WAR
All the way up and down the draft, good health is the key to finding future, cost-controlled Major League pitching and sustained organizational success.
WHO WE ARE
Co-Founder & President
Michael Witte has now done pitcher injury risk analysis for nine Major League teams. Prior to founding Classic, he worked for five years in this capacity for the St. Louis Cardinals and in this time, the Cardinals produced more Major League players through the draft relative to any other team in baseball.
Co-Founder & CEO
Spencer Witte was a 2nd Team Baseball Factory All-American before lettering at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. He has a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford and has now done pitcher injury risk analysis for eight Major League teams.
Most of our work centers on finding the most durable, highest performing pitchers in the Amateur Draft, but we do work year-round with a number of our teams. Call or email us to discuss options.
Get in Touch With Us: We Can Guarantee You a Healthier, Higher Performing Organization.
Connect to Us
LinkedIn: Spencer Witte
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