By profession, he’s a second-year associate at Washington, D.C.’s, Covington & Burling. But on his own time, Harvard law grad Andrew Torrez, author of Off Base — a provocative new book about baseball — is a baseball savant. In both his walks of life he’s opinionated and deeply analytical. Someday clients may heel; for now it’s baseball fans who listen. Here’s his view of the coming season.

Predictions are a writer’s worst enemy. In my book, I confidently predicted that an obscure minor-leaguer named Roberto Petagine could have been a very good major-league ballplayer.