# Showcases & College Recruiting: It's a Numbers Game

Parents wonder why their kids are not being recruited by colleges as do the

players themselves. What players and parents fail to understand is that a player

needs to have certain physical capabilities (strength/speed) and talent in order to

play at a Division I,II,II/NAIA/JUCO program. When it comes to college recruiting

it is essentially a numbers game. When a student is applying to colleges aside

from athletics, numbers play a key role in their application and overall

presentation they are trying to make of themselves. During a college application

process, the college primarily looks at a student's SAT/ACT Scores, Grade Point

Average (GPA), and rigorous curriculum level to determine whether they should

be accepted or not. Looking at the situation of a prospective college baseball

athlete is a replica of the situation of a prospective non-athlete college student.

The college recruiter looks at the player's tools (numbers): 60-yard time (speed),

ability to hit for power (strength), throwing velocity (arm strength), ability to hit

for average, and finally thou not quantifiable CHP (can he play). The important

point to get from this is that these numbers determine where and if you will be

recruited. The importance of these numbers cannot be stressed enough just like a

student's SAT/ACT scores and GPA. Just like you have to have exceptional

numbers (SAT/ACT scores and GPA) to get into a top University (Ivy League), the

prospective baseball player has to have exceptional athletic/skill set numbers to

be recruited into an elite college program (ACC, SEC).

Parents and players spend an enormous amount of time and money going to

showcases, tournaments and camps to try to get exposure to college recruiters.

These events for players realistically are college admissions/job interviews. The

recruiters are looking for players that fit their tool’s (numbers) profile. There

should be no doubt, since parents/players see that the first skill set test at 99% of

these events is the 60 yard dash. For the most part, position players (excluding

pitchers) chances of landing a scholarship (job) hinge on this number.

Another detail that parents and players fail to see and understand is a college's

need at a particular position for a particular year. If a college already has three

shortstops then they are probably not looking for another one. Parents and

players need to realize the college’s needs and find a college that needs a player

in the athlete's particular position.

Many parents/players believe that a 100% athletic scholarship is a guarantee. This

is not true; parents need to realize that baseball scholarships do not cover 100%

cost of attendance. There are on average 11.7 scholarships for DI programs

available and that must be divided amongst the roster. DII programs are partially

funded and DIII programs only offer academic scholarships. This is why

academics play such a key role. If a prospective college baseball athlete has both

a strong academic background and the athletic tools to play at the college level

then that player has a realistic chance of receiving a scholarship.

Below are Gradum Baseball’s Recruiting Guidelines of what your numbers should

be to play college baseball. In the next coming article we will go into how

Gradum can help you develop these numbers and others like Exit Speed Velocity

& Zepp. It is time to realize that college recruiting is all about the numbers.

**NCAA - Division I**

**Right Handed Pitchers:**Height: 6’1”

Weight: 180 lbs.

Over 1 K per Inning Pitched

ERA below 2.50

Velocity: 88-90 MPH (Verified by neutral source)

**Left Handed Pitchers:**Height: 6’1”

Weight: 180 lbs.

Over 1 K per Inning Pitched

ERA below 2.50

Velocity: 85-87 MPH (Verified by neutral source)

**Outfielders:**Height: 5’11”

Weight: 170 lbs.

60 Yard Dash: 6.60 (Verified)

Velocity for OF: 86-87 MPH (Verified by neutral source)

Batted Ball Exit Speed Velocity: 90+ mph

**Middle Infielders:**Height: 5’11”

Weight: 175 lbs.

60 Yard Dash: 6.8-6.9 (Verified)

Velocity from INF: 85+ MPH (Verified by neutral source)

Batted Ball Exit Speed Velocity: 90+ mph

**Catchers:**Height: 5’10”-6’0”

Weight: 180 lbs.

Pop Time: Sub 1.95 (Verified by neutral source)

Batted Ball Exit Speed Velocity: 90+ mph

**Corner Infielders:**Height: 6’2”

Weight: 200 lbs.

Power Numbers: 8+ HR, 30+RBI

Batted Ball Exit Velocity: 92+ mph

**NCAA - Division II**

**Right Handed Pitchers:**Height: 6’0” (Preferably taller)

Weight: 175 lbs.

Averaging about 1 K per Inning Pitched

ERA below 3

Velocity: 85 MPH

**Left Handed Pitchers:**Height: 5’10” (Preferably taller)

Weight: 165 lbs.

Averaging about 1 K per Inning Pitched

ERA at 3 or below

Velocity: 83 MPH

**Outfielders:**Height: 5’10”

Weight: 165 lbs.

60 Yard Dash: 6.8 or below

Velocity from the OF: 82-86 MPH

Batted Ball Exit Speed Velocity: 88+ mph

**Middle Infielders:**Height: 5’9”

Weight: 165 lbs.

60 Yard Dash: 6.9 or below

Velocity from INF: Low 80’s MPH from SS

Batted Ball Exit Speed Velocity: 88+ mph

**Catchers:**Height: 5’10”

Weight: 180 lbs.

Pop Time: 2.0 or below

Batted Ball Exit Speed Velocity: 88+ mph

**Corner Infielders:**Height: 6’0”

Weight: 180 lbs.

Power Numbers: 4+ HR, 20+RBI

Batted Ball Exit Speed Velocity: 90+ mph

**NCAA - Division III**

**Right Handed Pitchers:**Height: 5’9”

Weight: 160 lbs.

1 or less than 1 K per Inning Pitched

ERA below 4.00

Velocity: 81 MPH

**Left Handed Pitchers:**Height: 5’9”

Weight: 160 lbs.

1 or less than 1 K per Inning Pitched

ERA below 4.00

Velocity: 79 MPH

**Outfielders:**Height: 5’8”

Weight: 160 lbs.

60 Yard Dash: 7.0 or below

Velocity from the OF: 78+ MPH

Batted Ball Exit Speed Velocity: 85+ mph

**Middle Infielders:**Height: 5’8”

Weight: 150 lbs.

60 Yard Dash: 7.1 or below

Velocity from the INF: Upper 70’s MPH from SS

Batted Ball Exit Speed Velocity: 85+ mph

**Catchers:**Height: 5’9”

Weight: 165 lbs.

Pop Time: 2.1 or below

Batted Ball Exit Speed Velocity: 85+ mph

**Corner Infielders:**Height: 5’10”

Weight: 170 lbs.

Power Numbers: 2+ HR, 20+RBI

Batted Ball Exit Speed Velocity: 87+ mph

**Preferred Grades for All Divisions**

Grade Point Average: 3.0+

ACT Scoring: 24+

SAT Scoring: 1000+ (out of 1600)

Source: National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA)