With more than half of a million high school baseball athletes, the competition to get a college baseball scholarship is intense. Less than 2% of these high school baseball student-athletes will go on to play Division I baseball. You can glean more information about your prospects and how you stack up in the baseball recruiting process by familiarizing yourself with the iSportsRecruiting recruiting guidelines. This comprehensive set of baseball recruiting guidelines will help you to understand what level of baseball is best for your talents while also providing an overview of the different types of baseball scholarship programs available across the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA. You owe it to your future in college baseball to learn more about the process.
|POSITION||DIVISION||PROJECTION BY POSITION||STATS|
|Pitcher||D1 – High D2 and NJCAA||84 MPH ranging 95+ with two additionals pitches||2.00 ERA|
|Pitcher||D2 – D3 – NAIA and NJCAA||82 MPH ranging 95+ with one additionals pitches||3.00 ERA|
|Catcher||D1 – High D2 and NJCAA||Height 6’1″ – weight 200 LBS||POP Time 1.95 and bellow – Min 2 AB’s per game|
|Catcher||D2 – D3 – NAIA and NJCAA||Height 6’0″ – weight 180 LBS.||POP Time 2.00 and bellow – Min 2 AB’s per game|
|First Baseman||D1 – High D2 and NJCAA||Height 6’2″ – 6’6″ – Weight 185 – 240 LBS||Hit for power averge 10-15 HRs as Junior and Senior|
|First Baseman||D2 – D3 – NAIA and NJCAA||Height 6’0″ – Weight 180 LBS.||Hit for power and brings lot of RBIs as Junior and Senior|
|Middle Infilder||D1 – High D2 and NJCAA||60 yard 6.5 – 6.8 – Height 5.8″+ weight 180+ LBS.||Min 2 AB’s per game|
|Middle Infilder||D2 – D3 – NAIA and NJCAA||60 yard 7.0 bellow – Height 5.7″+ weight 170+ LBS.||Min 2 AB’s per game|
|Third Baseman||D1 – High D2 and NJCAA||Height 5’10” to 6’3″ – weight 180 – 220 LBS.||Hit for power averge 5-10 HRs as Junior and Senior|
|Third Baseman||D2 – D3 – NAIA and NJCAA||Height 5’9″ to 6’3″ – weight 170 – 220 LBS.||Hit for power averge 3-10 HRs and brings lot of RBIs as Junior and Senior|
|Outfields||D1 – High D2 and NJCAA||60 yard bellow 6.8 with outfield radar gun between 87-95 MPH||Min 2 AB’s per game|
|Outfields||D2 – D3 – NAIA and NJCAA||60 yard bellow 7.0 with outfield radar gun between 80+ MPH||Min 2 AB’s per game|
Because of the late timing of the playing season as compared to other college sports, baseball recruiting is in a unique position because college coaches must really look ahead to fill out their roster. Unlike many other sports, high school baseball is played during the spring season. This means that by the time the student-athlete is a senior, the college coaches have most likely offered all of their available scholarships.
High-profile schools such as those in the Power 5 conferences may even have their recruiting classes set by the high school sophomore year, making the freshman year an imperative season for many top-notch recruits. Many college baseball coaches take verbal commitments from athletes as young as sophomores.
For most high school baseball athletes, the senior year is way too late to start the recruiting process. If your goal is to play college baseball, you will need to submit your college applications prior to the start of your senior season. Because of the time-sensitive nature of baseball recruiting, it is important to use the results of your freshman season to generate your target list for scholarship offers, regardless of whether you have college scouts and recruiters at your games.