Our Team

Jeremy Frank

Jeremy Frank

Founder
Jordan Lazowski

Jordan Lazowski

Editor-in-Chief
Brian Schlosser

Brian Schlosser

Managing Editor
John Principe

John Principe

Social Media Director
Payton Ellison

Payton Ellison

Lead Editor
Tyler Jennings

Tyler Jennings

Amateur Scouting Director
Peter Khayat

Peter Khayat

Social Media Specialist
Denis Ackermann

Denis Ackermann

Advisory Member
Nicholas Tucker

Nicholas Tucker

Editor
Ryan Ruhde

Ryan Ruhde

Editor
Alan Kohler

Alan Kohler

Editor
Patrick Andres

Patrick Andres

Analyst
Adam Koplik

Adam Koplik

Analyst
Dakota Lovins

Dakota Lovins

Analyst
Anthony Messineo

Anthony Messineo

Analyst
Will Arvin

Will Arvin

Digital Media Director
Connor Anderson

Connor Anderson

Writer
Tristan Beckmann

Tristan Beckmann

Writer
Parker Bekkerus

Parker Bekkerus

Writer
Brendan Bell

Brendan Bell

Writer
Chris Classie

Chris Classie

Writer
Isaac DeTemple

Isaac DeTemple

Writer
Jack Dorfsman

Jack Dorfsman

Writer
Nate Gilman

Nate Gilman

Writer
Max Goldstein

Max Goldstein

Writer
Jonah Keehn

Jonah Keehn

Writer
Charlie Knezevic

Charlie Knezevic

Writer
J.R. Leandre

J.R. Leandre

Writer
Nick Mailman

Nick Mailman

Writer
Jack Marcinko

Jack Marcinko

Writer
Connor O’Brien

Connor O’Brien

Writer
Austin Paull

Austin Paull

Writer
Jacob Samuels

Jacob Samuels

Writer
Quinn Sweetzir

Quinn Sweetzir

Writer
Noah Wagner

Noah Wagner

Writer
Ilan “Wisdom”

Ilan “Wisdom”

Writer

Jeremy Frank

Founder

I’m the founder of Diamond Digest, and I’ll be an incoming freshman at Purdue University majoring in Data Science. I’m originally from Buffalo Grove, Illinois and am a big Cubs fan who also roots for the Athletics and Angels. My favorite baseball memory was being at Mark Buehrle’s perfect game in 2009 with my father and grandfather; it was the first game I kept score at! I co-authored the book Hidden Ball Trick: The Baseball Stats You Never Thought To Look For and run the Twitter account @MLBRandomStats. My favorite baseball stat is that Joey Votto popped out in the infield only 7 times from 2010 to 2018.

Jordan Lazowski

Editor-in-Chief

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Brian Schlosser

Managing Editor

I’m entering my senior year at California Lutheran University and have been with Diamond Digest since February 2018. I grew up a big Angels fan and have since acquired a taste for the Rockies. I once almost choked on a grape in preschool and I believe that has helped get me to where I am today.

John Principe

Social Media Director

Hey everyone! I'm John and I'm a student at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. I'm a huge baseball fan and an even bigger Red Sox fan. Which easily makes my favourite baseball memory Dave Roberts' steal in the 2004 ALCS. It was one of my first big baseball memories that I had and I'll never forget it. The reason I actually started being a Red Sox fan, was by hating the Yankees (figures). I was six years old watching the playoffs, hearing all the commentators talking about the big, bad Yankees potentially eliminating Boston once again. In typical Canadian fashion, I felt bad for the Red Sox. Especially after the Aaron Boone home run in that ALCS. I hated the Yankees so much at the time -- it seemed like everyone did -- and the only logical way to counter my hate for them, was to become a Red Sox fan. And here we are 16 years later. If I had to list my favourite baseball stat, it would probably be OPS. Of all the stats and analytics we have available, I find OPS still, as the best measure of a player's offensive ability. Getting something down to that one number is crucial, and the one number that ends up being their OPS, seems to me to be the most telling of a player's overall hitting ability.

Payton Ellison

Lead Editor

Payton Malloy Ellison is a current sophomore at SUNY New Paltz that is studying Journalism, with goals of becoming a sports journalist and broadcaster. He has been writing semi-professionally about sports for two years, starting with monthly coverage for the NBA and Major League Baseball on Grrindtime. He has written and edited articles for Diamond Digest since May 2018.

Tyler Jennings

Amateur Scouting Director

Hi everyone, my name is Tyler Jennings. I'm Diamond Digest's resident baseball scout for the MLB Draft. I currently go to Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh, NC to pursue a journalism degree, but also to pursue a career in baseball scouting. My favorite team is the Boston Red Sox and I live close to the Durham Bulls, so I guess I like the Rays too. My favorite baseball memory involves my first scouting gig at the National High School Invitational, where I scouted highly touted 2019 Draft prospects and met great people. Outside of baseball, I am an avid runner, a huge Carolina Hurricanes fan, and I am a part of the Raleigh chapter of the National Stuttering Association.

Peter Khayat

Social Media Specialist

High School student from suburban Cleveland, and huge Indians fan. I write a lot about my Indians, baseball history, and the league in general.

Denis Ackermann

Advisory Member

I’m a lifetime diehard Orioles fan from North Jersey and I’ve caught over 5,000 lifetime innings. Since playing at Stevens Tech, I started a podcast with my longtime teammate (Pop Flies and Grounders) and began writing. Find me on twitter if you don’t mind excessive catcher talk. John Olerud should be in the Hall of Fame, but he’s got a statue at the Hall of Very Good.

Nicholas Tucker

Editor

My name is Nicholas Tucker. I am 24 years old from Bainbridge Island, WA. I'm a lifelong Mariners fan whose earliest memories of baseball start just when the Mariners stopped being a competitive team and started being a little more Marinersy. Despite that, being a Mariners fan has provided plenty of excellent moments of triumph and levity to look back on, like in 2009 when Ichiro hit a walkoff homerun against Mariano Rivera, and then in the same year Ken Griffey Jr. had the Safeco Field PA team play the Nutcracker Suite as Adrian Beltre's first walk-up song after returning from a testicle injury. A world where that is not funny is not a world I wish to continue living in. My love for the Mariners sent me to Washington State University to pursue an education that would get me into a similar position I am in now but that journey wasn't quite what I thought it would be. Now I'm as happy as a clam to be where I am, and I hope to continue growing and getting better at writing and analyzing in my own time, as well as slowly learning more about what xWOBA is. Career goals include but aren't limited to, meeting Mitch Haniger, telling Mitch Haniger how cool he is, telling Mitch Haniger my name, and/or having Mitch Haniger look in my general direction. All of the above goals could also apply to Lydia Cruz and I'd consider it a career and life fulfilled.

Ryan Ruhde

Editor

I'm a biology/pre-med student in the Emory University class of 2023 from Aurora, Illinois. I'm a fan of both the Cubs and the Royals, and my favorite baseball memory is attending the Cubs championship parade in 2016 (or maybe just watching game 7), even though I had to leave before the rally because I had a swim meet that night. Also a strong believer that Lorenzo Cain deserves a Gold Glove before he retires. My favorite statistic is Javier Baez's K-BB%, because his ability to perform in spite of his consistent poor marks in this stat is amazing.

Alan Kohler

Editor

Physics major at Georgia Tech, Yankee fan from New Jersey, witness to Derek Jeter's 3000th hit, and Diamond Digest writer/editor since 2017.

Patrick Andres

Analyst

I am a soon-to-be freshman at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, born and raised in the Toledo, Ohio area, having graduated from Sylvania Northview High School in 2019. The latest in a long line of Indians fans, I would point to the Tribe's dramatic victory in Game 2 of the 2017 ALDS as the greatest baseball moment I've witnessed in person. In addition to my Diamond Digest work, I have written for Sports Illustrated for Kids, my high school's newspaper, and the Sylvania Advantage, a newspaper in my community. I also host a podcast, Sporting Soul, in which I discuss sports topics with a wide breadth of friends and guests. You can listen to that here: https://anchor.fm/pandres2001

Adam Koplik

Analyst

Hi, I'm Adam Koplik. I am entering my junior year in high school in upstate New York, and live and breath sports. Coincidentally, while I love watching, writing, and talking about sports, I am a deer in the headlights when I'm on a field. I am a die-hard Yankee fan, who loves the hate. However, Aaron Boone, Gary Sanchez, James Paxton, and Giancarlo Stanton hate is not tolerated. Baseball, and sports as a whole, mean so much to me. From the great moments I've witnessed in person, highlighted by the Didi Gregorius AL Wild Card home run, to the bonds baseball has created in my family and friends, I owe so much to the great sport. I understand that the sport has changed, and stats like WAR, wOBA, wRC+, and FIP, are understandably changing the game for the better. As a whole, I hope to pretty much give a different perspective in my writing, from a moderate view on analytics and traditional stats, while also being enjoyable.Hope you enjoy!

Dakota Lovins

Analyst

My name is Dakota Lovins, and I attend Arizona State University as a Sports Journalism Major. I was born in Yakima, Washington (like Scott Hatteberg), but I've lived in Colorado, outside of Philadelphia, Boston, and now Spokane, Washington. My favorite Team is Boston Red Sox. In 2002, I had just turned 4, and was starting to get into t-ball. My dad went on an east coast business trip, and managed to scalp a ticket in Baltimore to see the Red Sox play the Orioles at Camden. The seats ended up being insanely good - right behind home plate, only four or five rows back. He happened to watch Pedro Martinez earn his 20th victory of the year. He bought me a Sox cap after that to bring to me back at home, and I've been a die hard fan of theirs ever since.I can't pick just one favorite baseball memory, so here are a few: David Ortiz's game-tying grand slam in Game 2 of the 2013 ALCS, the time I got three balls at Coors Field on my 7th birthday, seeing Ichiro take batting practice for the first time (he was crushing homers, and then he went into the outfield and was making behind the back catches like it was nothing), Game 4 of the 2017 ALDS and Game 1 of the 2018 World Series (my first playoff games ever, both at Fenway).Here's my fun fact: When I was 9 years old, I lived in Fort Collins, Colorado. It was 2007, and the Rockies were in the middle of their ridiculous 21-1 run to the World Series, so the town was buzzing. I was a Red Sox fan, though, so as the World Series was gearing up to start, I was a big outcast at school. I lived about an hour from Coors Field, and my grandparents happened to be visiting us from Washington during Games 3, 4, and 5. My grandpa found a deal on eBay, and bought four tickets for us to go to Game 5 for four hundred bucks each. Except, my grandpa isn't great with computers, and it turned out that the tickets were actually four THOUSAND dollars each, and if he couldn't resell them, he'd be declaring bankruptcy. I had already been told I got to go to a World Series game, and then had the tickets snatched from my hands in a cruel twist of fate. I was devastated. Luckily, it all worked out; we couldn't find anyone to buy the tickets, but the Red Sox swept the Rockies. I remember going and waking my grandpa up after Jonathan Papelbon struck out Seth Smith to end the series, giving Boston their 2nd World Championship of the decade, and saving my grandpa $16,000.

Anthony Messineo

Analyst

My name is Anthony Messineo. I am a 19 year old from Jacksonville, Florida studying Actuarial Science at Florida State University. My favorite baseball team is the Mets (as rough as it is to say at this point in time). Watching Johan Santana's no hitter will be something I never forget; sitting with my dad as he struck out the last hitter will stay with me forever. My favorite baseball stat has to be WRC+, as I believe it provides a more accurate representation of a hitter's value instead of other stats such as Batting Average, OPS, etc.

Will Arvin

Digital Media Director

My name is Will Arvin, I'm a senior at Plano West Senior High School in Plano, Texas. I'm a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan being born in the city and growing up watching the team with my family. With me not playing a single inning of organized baseball, all my great memories come from watching it in person or on TV, and my greatest memory has to be Game 6 of the 2011 World Series. Easily the greatest game I've ever seen in my life. My greatest moment seen in person has to be watching Mike Fiers throw his first of now 2 career no-hitters in Houston against the Dodgers in 2015. My favorite baseball statistic comes from Barry Bonds' historical 2004 season, as he reached base 376 times in 373 at bats. The greatest baseball player in my eyes.

Connor Anderson

Writer

Connor studied Economics and Statistics at the University of Pittsburgh. A lifelong Yankee fan, he also grew up rooting for the New York Giants. He hails from northern New Jersey, and his favorite baseball memory is watching the Yankees win the '09 World Series with his dad. His favorite baseball stat is that Pete Rose's career best OPS+ is 152 and Mike Trout's worst career OPS+ is 168

Tristan Beckmann

Writer

My name is Tristan Beckmann, my friends call me TB, and I am an incoming freshman communications major at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. I grew up in Louisville but I was born in Covington, Kentucky. My favorite baseball team is the New York Yankees and my favorite baseball memory is the 2009 World Series Championship victory, as it was the first baseball game I ever watched and I’ve been attached ever since. My favorite baseball statistic is wRC+, as I feel it best represents the true value of an MLB Player.

Parker Bekkerus

Writer

I’m a junior in High School from Iowa, and I’ve been in love with baseball for as long as I can remember. I cover the Atlanta Braves, but I still like to keep myself up to date with the rest of the league (and no, I’m not a bandwagon.)

Brendan Bell

Writer

Dallas, Texas | Texas Rangers | MLB

Chris Classie

Writer

My name is Chris Classie, I attend the University of Texas at Austin where I am a Computer and Electrical Engineering major. I am from Merrick, New York and unfortunately I am a Mets fan, but I did get to watch them lose the 2015 World Series in person so. I am currently the President of the Longhorn Club Baseball team where I also play outfield. My favorite baseball statistic is probably my own: I once hit 7 batters in an inning and a third, including 4 in a row. #LOLMETS

Isaac DeTemple

Writer

MLB / Rays

Jack Dorfsman

Writer

Yankees fan, Athletics writer, baseball enthusiast

Nate Gilman

Writer

I spend my days with my wife and kids and my nights watching baseball, listening to baseball and reading about baseball. I have a BA in print journalism and a MBA. When not doing any of the above I sell supply chain & retail operations software and fly on a lot of planes.

Max Goldstein

Writer

I’m a very passionate baseball fan and I’ve learned to embrace the analytical side of the game. I am a depressed Tigers fan and my favorite baseball memory was going to Game 3 of the 2012 World Series (yes, I know, the Tigers lost).

Jonah Keehn

Writer

My name is Jonah Keehn and I'm from Boca Raton, Florida. I am currently a junior at the University of Central Florida, studying statistics with a minor in sports business management. Despite growing up in South Florida, I root for the Mets. My favorite baseball memory was checking the scores every morning to report his fantasy stats to him, which I did for several years before joining his league and outperforming him since.

Charlie Knezevic

Writer

Hey I’m Charlie, an 18 year old who intends to study Broadcast Journalism at Penn State University. My favorite baseball moment was watching Starlin Castro hit a home run in his first MLB at bat!

J.R. Leandre

Writer

Emerson class of 2022, I write about all things MLB and I'm a huge stats nerd.

Nick Mailman

Writer

Friar Faithful | San Diego, CA | Full-time Project Engineer | Wheaton College (IL) Alum | Supporter of brown and yellow Padres color scheme

Jack Marcinko

Writer

Hey, I'm Jack, a junior in high school! I'm hoping to go to college for Sports Journalism, and I'm getting in early by taking advantages of all opportunities available to me. I'm a big baseball fan and an even bigger Pittsburgh Pirates fan. Don't ask me about the Chris Archer trade, I've answered a thousand questions about it. I remember going to my first baseball game and seeing a Starling Marte walkoff home run, which gave me my love for the game. I use WAR a lot in debates, so you'll see a lot of usage of it in my work!

Connor O’Brien

Writer

Currently studying communications at Orange Coast College in Southern California. I enjoy writing about the Angels, or whatever else I find interesting in the baseball world.

Austin Paull

Writer

Austin Paull is a 17-year-old writer from Sonoma County, California. Austin loves baseball and the Oakland A’s, and is also a published author. In June 2017, his first book “Comeback Cody” was released and is currently available in various online stores, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Jacob Samuels

Writer

My name is Jacob Samuels. I am attending UCLA in the class of 2021 as a Statistics major with a minor in Cognitive Science. I am from Concord, CA. I work as a student manager for the UCLA Baseball team. My favorite baseball team is the Mets but I also grew up a Giants fan as well.My favorite live baseball memory is seeing Travis Ishikawa hit a walkoff home run to send the Giants to the World Series in 2014. I am the proud owner of 3 Ygnacio Valley High School career baseball records: OBP, walks, and gamed played. Funny story, I needed to reach base once in my final game to set the OBP record. I came up in the second to last inning at 0-3. I got hit by the pitch with it just barely grazing my jersey. I was disappointed for a split second that my career would end so anticlimactically, took one step toward first, and got extremely excited when I realized I set the record. Best stat ever: Jacob deGrom has given up 1 ER or less in 81/163 (49.7%) career starts.

Quinn Sweetzir

Writer

Just a longtime Blue Jays fan studying economics and history at the University of Regina. Born and raised in Edmonton Alberta. Jose Bautista's bat flip and xwOBA are both cool. I also work as a sound guy for the Edmonton Prospects of the WCBL.

Noah Wagner

Writer

NYC, Syracuse University Sports Management '23, Huge Yankees and Baseball fan

Ilan “Wisdom”

Writer

Hi, my names Ilan but you can call me Wisdom. I've been a Rockies fan for years, suffering when the team suffered and in the brief moments of fun like when I saw Ian Desmond hit 2 homers at Citi Field in 2018, including his first homer to left field in my lifetime. I've always been into baseball, except for the awful night in Cleveland back in 2017. The Rockies were beating Corey Kluber 1-0 on a leadoff Charlie Blackmon dinger until they decided to put Greg Holland on the mound in the bottom of the 9th. It was the bottom of the order and in the most Rockies fashion possible, Austin Jackson hit the game tying double in a 2 strike count and then Yan Gomes, also in a 2 strike count then hits a walkoff shot into the bleachers. Cleveland is going wild, they are about to go red hot and I am speechless in my Rockies gear. Thankfully the Cleveland faithful are very good folks and weren't boastful but I was unable to believe that game. My favorite baseball stat is anything that proves the Coors Field hangover, it's real people.
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