Numbers Matter. Sorry.

By Ken Spangenberg 8 months agoNo Comments
So we just got done testing our teams in a bunch of different baseball and sports performance metrics which I really like doing because it lets players know where they are, compared to where they WANT to be.
Inevitably, I will have someone who is unhappy with their numbers question their validity. Typically this player produces on the field, but his numbers are average or below average for his age group.
This is always a tough conversation because baseball isn’t JUST about numbers! However, as players get older and older, their metrics matter more and more. And here’s why…
College coaches are literally on the road all summer. Lit-er-al-ly all summer. I routinely have college coaches tell me they’ve been on the road for 40, 50, or even 60 days straight during the summer! 
But what does this mean for you as a recruit?
You need to stand out! And you need to stand out quickly! Think about how many players these coaches see all summer… I can’t even put a number on it, but to say it’s in the thousands is certainly accurate. So if you’re someone who a coach needs to see play 3, 4, or 5 times before they appreciate you as a player…you’re at a MASSIVE disadvantage!
And that’s where the problem truly lies for you “gamers”. It takes too long to appreciate what you do well.
There aren’t many (or any) guys in the MLB with 7.9 60s, arm strength in the 70mphs, or max exit velocities at 81mph. Numbers DO matter.
If they aren’t where you want them to be, work to CHANGE them! All your numbers are telling you is where you are at right now. They aren’t final and they can change through hard work.
Numbers are here and they’re here to stay. Learn what yours are. Make a plan. And IMPROVE them! Be obsessed.
Ken Spangenberg
Director of Baseball
Maplezone Sports Institute
  Athletic Training, Baseball, Wellness
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