The Orioles announced Nov. 21 that Sig Mejdal has been named the club's assistant general manager, analytics, reporting to executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias. Mejdal will oversee all aspects of the club's growing analytics effort while assisting and advising Elias in all manner of baseball operations decisions.
"Sig Mejdal is one of the most experienced and accomplished analysts working in baseball today," said Elias. "To have him join our Orioles organization is a major moment for this franchise, and I look forward to him charting the course for all of our forthcoming efforts in the analytics space."
Mejdal just completed his 14th season in Major League Baseball, most recently serving as special assistant to the general manager, process improvement with the Houston Astros. In this role, Mejdal supported the development, implementation, and monitoring of improvement initiatives throughout the organization. Mejdal joined the Astros in 2012 and organized the team's analytics department from its inception. He spent his seven years in Houston contributing to a variety of efforts across baseball operations ranging from data and player analysis, to the amateur draft, to the Major League team. He was a key asset in the process that helped the Astros improve their season record by more than 50 wins between 2013 and 2017, while also drafting more MLB players than any other team during his tenure. During his time, the Astros won a World Series Championship, made two American League Championship Series appearances, and won two division titles.
Prior to joining the Astros, Mejdal worked for the St. Louis Cardinals for seven seasons, spending his final season as the team's director, amateur draft analysis. During his time with the Cardinals, he was an integral part of the draft decision making processes that led to the selection of more Major League players than any other organization in that time frame. His professional baseball career began as a quantitative analyst for the Cardinals in 2005.
Mejdal earned bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering and aeronautical engineering from the University of California, Davis, as well as master's degrees in operations research and cognitive psychology from San Jose State University. Prior to beginning his baseball career, he worked for NASA as a biomathematician.
-- Baltimore Orioles press release