Blue Jays at Bat for the Orioles

Johns Hopkins University alum Mike Snyder at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, with the playing field and B&O Warehouse visible in the background

Image caption: Mike Snyder at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Image credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

Ashwin Pasupathy

Image caption: Ashwin Pasupathy

With their mutual passion for analysis and baseball, Mike Snyder, Engr '19 (MS), and Ashwin Pasupathy, Engr '23, have played notable roles behind the scenes for the Baltimore Orioles. Snyder, senior director of pro scouting, oversees evaluations for players who have signed professionally in the majors, the minors, or international professional leagues. Having seen the Orioles endure five consecutive losing seasons before going 83-79 in 2022, and then 101-61 in 2023, Snyder knows how hard it is to build a winning culture. "We're hopeful that this is just the beginning of our competitive window," he says.

Beginning in December 2022, Pasupathy contributed to Orioles-oriented analytics research at JHU on sorting through 'functional data' derived from Major League Baseball's camera system to create models that maximize player hitting success, a project led by Anton Dahbura, executive director of the university's Information Security Institute. Between graduating and starting his PhD program in chemical engineering, Pasupathy served as an analyst fellow, continuing the project with the Orioles this past summer.

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