After polling the ABPA’s Twitter followers, a good majority of them feel defense plays a priority over hitting when it comes to recruitment.
Defense is definitely important, but there is a saying “If you hit, you do not sit!”
It is better to be a plus hitter and average (serviceable) defender than a plus defender and average hitter…unless you are a SS or Catcher.
Most college coaches (we definitely did at West Virginia) choose to spend their money on premium bats and pitchers.
The only way we would take an average hitter is if he were a SS or Catcher and we NEEDED one of those two positions.
Now, do not take this is a reason to not take defense seriously because it is very hard to be an AVERAGE professional defender…
Strive to be the best in all aspects of your game and take any questions out of anyone’s mind!