SOUTHLAKE, TX — There’s no doubt that baseball analytics have taken over the Major Leagues. Yeah, the “Moneyball” method is the new way teams run their player strategies.
But it’s not just the Bigs that are relying on stats to make the game better, thanks to apps like GameChanger, analytics are a big part of High School baseball now, too!
“We have focused on the data that specifically can help coaches at the youth and high school level, help their players get better.” said Ted Sullivan, co-founder of GameChanger.
And the system is in use all around the Metroplex at schools like Southlake Carroll, where the new methods save coaches unbelievable amounts of time.
“You had to input everything from paper from the scorebook after the game and it took hours and hours to get any stats out of that," said Larry Hughes, head coach of the Southlake Carroll baseball team.
But it’s not just spreadsheets of percentages.
GameChanger also offers a live game tracker and generates automatic game stories. That’s a huge help to parents who can’t make a game, or the coach of a huge program like Southlake Carroll, which has five total teams.
“We follow them on our phones or desktop computers when we’re at home and just getting to know the kids and watching the progress,” said Hughes.
So, while Hall of Famers like Goose Gossage might be upset that baseball has gone to the “nerds,” it looks like analytics are going to be a part of every level of baseball for a long time to come!