No player was ever recruited less because he had 37 RBI’s and not 40
Updated: Jun 18, 2019
Statistics. They are measurables that baseball people can use to evaluate players. They are a universal language that can help quantify how successful a player is versus his competition. The only problem is that at the high school level, there is a large number of variables. Because of this, stats carry a lot less weight.
In the MLB, it is understood that there is an official scorekeeper, and everybody is playing against the same level of competition. It is much easier to compare Player A with Player B because the scoring and competition are the same. These two factors are the reason college coaches don’t put a ton of stock into high school statistics.
Scoring -- Who is keeping stats? (Son of a scorekeeper is usually good for 50 points on batting average!) What is their level of sophistication on how to correctly score a game? Do they pump up some players’ stats and score harder on others? Even in junior college baseball you will see coaches score the same game differently, which will affects a player’s statistics.
Level of competition -- Think about a small school in Iowa versus a large one in California. Also, high school baseball and club baseball can differ greatly in the level of play. All amateur baseball is not equal and should not be treated as such. Many times a coach will put more stock in some states (California, Florida, Texas, etc.) than other states (Wyoming, Montana, Michigan). Also, the size of the school plays a factor. The larger schools typically have better players and play against better schools.
*Tournament stats do not carry a lot of weight either because of the same factors described above and because they are just a 3 or 4 game series.
So what should a family do?
Continue listing stats because it does tell part of the equation, but understand that it is just a piece of the puzzle.
Do not get worked up if the stats are wrong or partially wrong because the coach doesn’t put a ton of weight into them anyway (if any at all).
Tell the truth on things like velocity and pop time because if you lie about these and then a coach comes to see you and things don’t add up, it will be a turn off.
Focus on performance above stats. Performance over a longer period of time is more important than a weekend of stats.
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