Sunshine and organ music bathe the bleachers in baseball bliss. But in one seat near home plate, the vibe is all business. From that perch, Alec Zumwalt splits his gaze between the diamond before him and the tablet in his lap.
He studies both the bursts of action and the game's silent nuances, from defensive alignments to body language. For nine innings, he writes and records every data point he spies into a Surface Pro - his go-to tool as a Kansas City Royals executive and, previously, as a scout hunting for hidden intel on players and teams.
"It boils down to one central question: What's your time worth? My Surface saves me time, helps me do my job better. Scouts who use this technology, I would argue, are more efficient," says Zumwalt, the Royals director of baseball operations. "For me, it's been life changing."