[quote=“Johnny Cello”]I am having trouble deciding on whether or not to focus on pitching or hitting on off-weeks. Here are my stats from last season (if it matters): * = team leading
AB H 2B* HR RBI* BB SO HBP* SB* AVG
50 13 4 0 18 9 7 2 20 .260
IP ERA SO BB
12 19.89 4 9
As you can see my stats for hitting are far better. But the problem is my coach is reworking my swing and im having difficulties with that. As for pitching my stats were really bad, and im still working on my slider. Help?[/quote]
The problem you have identified is a valid one. There is only so much time available to devote to baseball, and how it gets used is important. I’d say the only person who can answer how to allocate your time though, is you. What do you want to do?
If you want to be the best hitter or best pitcher you can possibly be, you’ll have to totally give up the other one so you can devote all of your time and effort toward reaching your goal. But what generally goes on in youngsters is, they truly don’t know what they want to do because they haven’t had enough experience at either one yet.
The result is, and I think rightly so, that they try to become as versatile as possible in order to take advantage of the most opportunities possible. After all, you can’t really improve a lot by not being able to get into the game. That mindset means splitting time, and that means you have to prioritize everything.
The best I can make out is, you’re not yet in HS. Am I correct? Just trying to get a handle on where you’re at.
I can’t tell you how to break out your time allocations, but I can offer a teeny bit of help with your stats.
Right off the bat I can say that the stats you shared with us, are probably not the best indicators of performance. And, standing alone with no reference to compare them with other players makes it even more difficult to use them as any kind of measure.
Let’s look at the hitting stats 1st. The only thing I can confidently say about you, is that you have above average foot speed. Other than that, I’m in the dark. In the current game, the metric that’s come to be the most “popular” offensive stat is OBP. It isn’t a perfect stat in any way, shape, or form, but its infinitely superior to BA.
What many people have come to like even better than OBP though, is OPS. That’s a combination of OBP and SlgP, which not only gives some idea about a hitters ability to reach base, but how much power he has as well.
I see you showed RBIs which is ok, but not a stat I much care for on its own because its so dependent on who bats in front of you. I much prefer what I call run production which is a combination of RBIs and Runs scored.
One of my biggest problems with offensive stats is how heavily weighted people make hits. My reason for not caring for that isn’t so much that I don’t think hits are important, but rather that having scored for so long and at so many levels of amateur baseball, I know there can be a problem with how hits and errors are scored, and that in turn has a tremendous effect on BA, and also OBP and SlgP.
Although I do compute BA, what I do to try to remove any bias or lack of scoring skill on my part by including something else, Reached on Errors. I also sometimes include Reached on Fielder’s Choice too, as well as Walks and HBP’s, and what I end up with is a Reached Base Average. Now I can look at a player and have a much better idea about how likely he is to get on base.
If you’d like to see what those things look like in practice at the HSV level, go to http://www.infosports.com/scorekeeper/images/cbatting.pdf pages 19, 62, and 64.
While Wins/Losses, ERs, and IPs were pretty much the metrics pitchers were judged by, that’s also changed in the modern game. I do a little metric in order to have a way to measure the pitchers for myself. I look at what I call pitcher “mistakes”.
ERA has given way to something very easy to compute, and a much better indication of a pitcher’s skills. WHIP has become almost as common as ERA, and in many people’s minds has replaced it as well.
While IPs are still used to give some idea about a pitchers time on the mound, in the amateur game the number of pitches and the amount of rest has been something people are interested in.
If you’d like to see examples of those things, you can go to
http://www.infosports.com/scorekeeper/images/cpitching.pdf pages 16, 20, and 30.
There are about a million other metrics, and each shows something different, and therefore each has value. The more you know, the more easily you can pick out those things you need to work on more than others.