Do any college coaches use these stats when evaluating or researching a player?
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"Any" is a broad term, but the short answer is NO.
No. Most are entered by team managers and many are not accurate.
That's what I figured. A dad was arguing with me about how his MP stats were off and how are the coaches interested in his kid going to know how he's doing. Not sure why he was even arguing with me about it as I have nothing to do with the team entering stats. Very weird conversation.
No because anybody can enter them to some extent. We played a team every year in pre-season that would count the game as a win if they won and would not count it if they lost. I tried to contact MaxPreps and see if they could delete it from our record and they said no once it was added. One year they took the varsity and jv scrimmage scores and put them together to say they won. The stats are not accurate and the records are not accurate. If I get approved by MaxPreps, I can add your stats to my game against you and they will record them.
My son's HS stats that appeared on Max Prep came directly from the GameChanger results. Often the case, a gamechanger "keyer" is not a coach. And with gamechanger there was often the "how do I enter ____ on Gamechanger? Son was miffed when he was given a CS trying to score from home on a WP. As he knew, he wouldn't get credited a SB if he were safe!
A few years back we had a D1 college coach at a showcase camp tell the parents in a Q&A that he would cross check the high school stats for BB and Ks for both pitchers and hitters. He said those were the only stats he trusted, and gave me the impression it was the ratio, not the total number, that mattered. And he only used those stats as part of a cross check once he was interested in the player. I’m sure fastball and exit velocity were far more meaningful to him.
So for that reason I can get excited about walks and not worry too much about if it was a ROE or 1B or FC when a ball gets put in play! And to back that up not one coach mentioned high school stats to my son during his recruiting journey.
One last note—our team does a pretty excellent job with stats in MaxPreps—to me it seems less about the scorekeeper but more about the quality of opposition—some are better, some are worse—and stats vary accordingly!