Players and parents alike are always concerned with and wrapped up in the player’s overall stats. Stats, however, can be very misleading and do NOT always tell the whole story of the player. Other than to either make you feel good when you’re average is high or bring you down because you’re not hitting your weight, stats aren’t good for much more, especially at the lower levels of baseball.
On all of these “recruiting” websites and all of the emails that I received as a D-1 coach, the player usually had their stat line somewhere in the mix. As a college coach, and now as someone who develops players, those stats to me were worthless and here is why:
- You can’t use stats as a comparison tool against other players in high school: As a college coach, I have no idea what level of competition you are playing in high school. You may play at a large school and face guys throwing 82-83 each day or you may play at a small school where a pitcher is lucky to break 70! Because of this, I don’t know if you’re .450 average is against any resemblance of a “real” pitcher. A Junior College stat sheet is a little bit more realistic. As a D-1 coach, JC baseball is much closer to the D-1 level, so you can see if they were able to produce or not at that level.
- I don’t know who was keeping those stats: As a college coach receiving your email, how am I supposed to know whether your dad kept the stats (obviously biased), the girl student-assistant kept them (usually there to hang around the boys), or your coach did all of the stats. I have seen stat lines from high schools where 6 out of their 9 starting players were hitting over .500! Either someone is giving every ball in play a hit or the competition level is pretty low!
- I don’t know the dimensions of the field: A player sends me an email and says he hit 18 home runs in 19 high school games. I believe him, but what are the dimensions of the field he’s playing on? Usually, in college, the fields are relatively similar in size. Some fields are graveyards and some aren’t, but they are all typically respectable sizes. I have seen high school fields, however, that were 280 down the line and 340 to center field.
These are only a few reasons as to why college coaches are very weary regarding high school stats. When you send a coach an email, give him more factual information about you such as 60 time, velocity, bat speed, and links to your youtube videos. One thing you NEVER want to do is lie or exaggerate about yourself and your skill set! If you say you run a 6.4 60, you better be able to reproduce that time because coaches will either come out to see it or call one of your references! The truth will always come out!