One of my favorite sayings is, “It’s better to be lucky than good, but you better be good once you get lucky.”
Nothing is more true of the current baseball development landscape. So much of our focus is on finding the greatest, most acclaimed end destination or college baseball program to join, with a total disregard for when it comes down to it, you need to be able to perform at a high level when you get there.
High school baseball players spend more time fine-tuning their resumes than honing the skills that it will take to succeed once they get the job. Don’t get me wrong, the resume is a critical component, but it becomes less significant when it’s time to do the job.
The high school season is special from a developmental perspective for one major reason. There is no time in a baseball career when a player gets a 12-week season with a maximum of 25 games.