You’ll hear from some people that stats don’t matter. It’s okay to not perform well in high school, coaches don’t look at high school stats. That’s wrong, stats definitely matter. However, sometimes stats don’t really matter. What do I mean? Stats absolutely matter, but stats alone don’t paint the whole picture. Here is why your stats do and don’t matter.
Why Stats Matter:
Good players have good stats, period.
When is the last time you heard, “man, that guy is really good, he hit .215 this year.” If you bat .400 in your high school season, you’re probably pretty good. Maybe some people will say the competition isn’t great. It’s hard to hit .400 off a coach in batting practice, so, if you hit .400 you are pretty good, maybe even really good. Good players perform well in games. A lot of guys can perform in the batting cage with the coach flipping them tennis balls saying “stay back,” after every rep. Stats reflect how you perform in games. How you perform in games is a major piece to the recruiting puzzle.
“But, I hit .400 in high school and I’m not being recruited.” Well, here is why stats don’t matter just as much as they do matter:
Why Stats Don’t Matter:
Your skill set doesn’t always translate to the next level.
Isn’t this a little contradictory? No, not at all. Stats are a piece of the puzzle, not the whole puzzle. If stats were the whole puzzle then more than 7% of high school players would go on to play at the collegiate level. Many guys whose skill set yields success in high school will not project to yield that same success in college. Why? Because only 7& of high school players will go on to play at the collegiate level.
Still not understanding it?
93% of the competition you are playing, statistically speaking, is not competitive enough to play at the next level.