What do college coaches look for?

What do Scouts look for?

The numbers below are the numbers that are your stereotypical numbers for D1, D2, D3, NAIA, and JUCO sports look for.  These are not set in stone, and there are cases where this does not apply, but if you don’t qualify for one category, do you make up for it by standing out in another category?  Are you working to increase that category to the norm?  Never train to be average, train to be an all star.

What age do scouts look at baseball players?

Coaches are going to begin looking at prospects as soon as they are physically developed enough to give a reliable estimation of how they will project as an 18- to 21-year-old player. What makes that difficult for many recruits is that some coaches are willing to project earlier than others and athletes develop on different timelines. Prospect looking to get recruited can’t control when they develop or what coaches think of them. Regardless of your age, prospects should focus on getting better and putting themselves in the right position against the best competition available.

Division 1

  • Club experience: 3–4 years of high-level travel baseball
  • Awards and accolades: multiple-time All-Conference, All-Area, All-State honors
  • Seasons as varsity starter: 3–4

Division 2

  • Club experience: 2–3 years of high-level travel baseball
  • Awards and accolades: multiple time All-Conference, All-Area, potential All-State honors
  • Seasons as varsity starter: 2–3

Division 3 and NAIA

  • Club experience: 2–3 years playing travel baseball
  • Awards and accolades: multiple time All-Conference, All-Area honors
  • Seasons as varsity starter: 1–2

Junior College

  • Club experience: 2–3 years playing travel baseball
  • Awards and accolades: multiple time All-Conference, All-Area honors
  • Seasons as varsity starter: 1–2

What do college baseball scouts look for in a pitcher?

Division 1

  • Pitch velocity: 84 MPH consistently; up to 95+ MPH
  • Command of at least 3 pitches
  • ERA: below 2.00
  • At least 1 K per inning pitched
  • Walk less than 1 batter per 2 innings pitched

Division 2

  • Pitch velocity: 82 MPH – 90+ MPH
  • Control of one off-speed pitch and 1 additional pitch thrown to spots consistently
  • ERA: below 3.00
  • Around 1 K per 1 innings pitched
  • Walk around 1 batter per 2 innings pitcher

Division 3 and NAIA

  • Pitch velocity: 77 MPH – 82 MPH
  • Control of at least one off-speed pitch and developing another
  • Strike out to walk ratio of 1:1
  • ERA: 2.50–3.50

Junior College

  • Pitch velocity: 80 MPH consistently
  • 1 or less than 1 K per inning pitched
  • ERA: below 4.00

What do college baseball scouts look for in a catcher?

Division 1

  • Height: 6’1”
  • Weight: 185–200 lbs.
  • Coaches will take a closer look at catch and throw mechanics as well as the arm strength shown while throwing to 2nd and 3rd base
  • While defense comes first for a catcher, Division 1 coaches will also look for a player who demonstrates outstanding leadership skills and has the ability to work with the entire pitching staff
  • Division 1 catchers swing the bat well and usually can hit for power or average at a high level
  • OBP: .500
  • Slugging: .600 (minimum 2 at bats per game) 
  • Pop Time: 1.95 and below consistently (verified by a neutral source)
  • ERA below 2.00

Division 2

  • Height: 6’0”
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • OBP: .450
  • Slugging: .550 (minimum 2 at bats per game)
  • Pop Time: 2.0 and below consistently (verified by a neutral source)

Division 3 and NAIA

  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • OBP: .400
  • Slugging: .500
  • Pop time: 2.0 – 2.1

Junior college

  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • OBP: .350
  • Slugging: .450
  • Pop Time: 2.1 or below

What do college baseball scouts look for in a first baseman?

Division 1

  • Height: 6’2’’–6’6’’
  • Weight: 190–240 lbs.
  • HR: 5­–10 as a junior and senior in high school
  • OBP: .500
  • Slugging: .750 (minimum 2 at bats per game)

Division 2

  • Height: At least 6’0”
  • Weight: At least 180 lbs.
  • Needs to demonstrate the ability or potential to hit for power
  • A solid 1B recruit in this tier should have a few HRs and a lot of RBIs as a junior and senior in high school

Division 3 and NAIA

  • Height: 6’0″
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Power Numbers: 3+ HR, 25+ RBI

Junior College

  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Power Numbers: 2+ HR, 20+ RBI

What do college baseball scouts look for in a third baseman?

Division 1

  • Height: 5’10’’–6’3’’
  • Weight: 180–220 lbs.
  • Infield velocity: 85 MPH – 95 MPH
  • HR: 5–10 as a junior and senior in high school
  • OBP: .500
  • Slugging: .750

Division 2

  • Height: 5’9″–6’3”
  • Weight: 170–220 lbs.
  • Infield Velocity: At least 80 MPH with the ability to improve through development
  • HR: At least 2 HR as a high school junior and senior
  • OBP/SLG: At least .400 in each category

Division 3 and NAIA

  • Height: 6’0”
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Power Numbers: 2+ HR, 25+ RBI

Junior college

  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Power Numbers: 2+ HR, 20+ RBI

What do college baseball scouts look for in a middle infielder?

Division 1

  • Height: 5’8″–6’2″
  • Weight: 165–190 lbs.
  • 60-yard dash: 6.5–6.8. (verified by a third party)
  • Infield velocity: Division 1 middle infield recruits will throw the ball across the diamond anywhere between 85 MPH – 95 MPH
  • OBP: .500
  • Slugging: .600 (minimum 2 at bats per game)
  • The prototypical Division I middle infield recruit can hit for high average as well as steal a lot of bases and occasionally hit for power

Division 2

  • Height: 5’8”–6’2”
  • Weight: 165–190 lbs.
  • 60-yard dash: 6.9 or below
  • Infield Velocity: Low 80s and above MPH from SS
  • OBP: .550
  • Slugging: .450 (minimum 2 at bats per game) 

Division 3 and NAIA

  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • 60-yard dash: 7.0 or below
  • Infield velocity: 78+ MPH from SS
  • OBP: .400
  • Slugging: .500

Junior college

  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 165 lbs.
  • 60-yard dash: 7.1 or below
  • Infield velocity: Upper 70s MPH from SS
  • OBP: .350
  • Slugging: .450

What do college baseball scouts look for in a center fielder?

Division 1

  • Height: 5’9’’–6’2’’
  • Weight: 175–210 lbs.
  • Infield velocity: 87–95+ MPH from the outfield
  • 60-yard dash: below 6.7
  • Infield velocity: 87–95+ MPH from the outfield
  • OBP: .500
  • Slugging: .600 (minimum 2 at bats per game)

Division 2

  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • 60-yard dash: below 6.9
  • OBP: .450
  • SLG: .500 (minimum 2 at bats per game)

Division 3 and NAIA

  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • 60-yard dash: 6.9 or below
  • OF velocity: 80+ MPH
  • OBP: .400
  • Slugging: .500

Junior college

  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • 60-yard dash: 7.0 or below
  • OF velocity: 78+ MPH
  • OBP: .350
  • Slugging: .450 

What do college baseball scouts look for in a corner outfielder?

Division 1

  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • 60-yard dash: below 6.8
  • OF velocity: 87+ MPH (verified by a neutral source)
  • Slugging: at least 5 HRs as a high school junior and senior
  • .750 (minimum 2 at bats per game)
  • OBP: .500

Division 2

  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • 60-yard dash: below 7.0
  • Velocity from the OF: low 80s at least, with the potential to improve
  • Slugging: Multiple HRs as a high school junior and senior

Division 3/NAIA

  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • 60-yard dash: 6.9 or below
  • OF velocity: 80+ MPH
  • OB%: .400
  • Slugging: .650

Junior college

  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • 60-yard dash: 7.0 or below
  • OF velocity: 78+ MPH