NOTE: These guidelines are ONLY used as an example and does not represent all recruiting possibilities.

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: 5’9’’–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