Data Analytics Success Stories

The value of a Fisher education is evident in personal stories of success told by students and alumni. Read what they have to say about the program and what they gained from their experience.

Benjamin Martin '20

Minor League Batting Coach, Chicago Cubs

Benjamin Martin

Benjamin Martin

Benjamin Martin chose a professional career that would complement his love for athletics. Growing up, Martin always knew that he wanted to work in baseball. A growing trend of analytics within the sport gave him the chance he needed to combine his love for the sport with his strengths in data analysis and statistics. Martin played on and later worked as staff for the baseball team at Fisher. He soon landed an opportunity with the Chicago Cubs as a development coach where his role grew to hitting analyst, and he now works as a full-time batting coach.

Martin feels that his time at Fisher was invaluable to his career. “In my day-to-day work, a lot of what I do relies on using statistics and data to help develop baseball players,” he explained. “By learning the foundations of these concepts at a high level in the statistics program at Fisher, I’ve been prepared to provide answers for a wide range of questions through an objective, data-driven lens.”

Attributing his success as an analyst to his time at Fisher, Martin recommends the major to any prospective students who share his passion for sports data analysis or statistics in general. “I would encourage current and future Cardinals to use the courses at Fisher to gain experience in the field,” he said. “Many courses in the program contain open-ended projects on topics of your choice that provide an opportunity to get experience using the concepts taught in the courses to answer questions relevant to your desired field, which is extremely valuable in your portfolio.”