2017LHPscrewball posted: I may have used the term "outstanding" in a confusing manner. What I meant to imply was spin rates might prove useful in the absence of some kid having great numbers ("outstanding" in my initial comment) for mph or KO's. Did not mean to imply that the metrics themselves were outstanding metrics.
That makes more sense to me. Thanx.
AS for high school stats, it sounds like we are generally on the same page as to the usefulness of high school stats, although our reasons why such stats are not terribly useful may not line up perfectly.On my point about competition, you could have very valid stats for a team's pitcher showing solid performance (low ERA, high KO's. low walks, etc) but unless you are able to backtest the batting averages of the opposing players (and maybe the pitchers they have been facing all season long), you cannot assume he is pitching against top talent, at which point the stats have less impact.
I guess everything revolves around what you’re looking to use the stats for. If you’re looking to hand out a ship or draft a HS kid, I agree the stats normally seen in the paper or in places like MaxPreps don’t serve much of a purpose other than to identify the top performers. But, if you’re a coach trying to set the most productive lineup he can from the players he has available, or if he’s trying to identify the players he can help the most, it’s a different matter.