Watch College Baseball
The NCAA Regionals are played continuously from Friday to Sunday on ESPN U, ESPN 3, and the SEC Network. Can’t make it because you have games all weekend? DVR a few of the games and watch them Sunday night.
Take this yearly opportunity to learn about your potential competition. Analyze the physical attributes of each player, how they play the game, how fast they run, how hard they throw. So often I work with players who want to play college baseball, but have no idea what the talent pool is like at that level.
Check out the rosters of some of the known powerhouses. For instance, Texas has only 4 players listed under 180lbs. Of the 17 pitchers on their staff, Texas has only 1 that is under 180lbs, and he is a freshman. Weight is not the end all be all for baseball players, but it is absolutely one indicator of how well someone is built (assuming the athletes are lean). Adding muscle mass is one of the easiest ways to increase mph on the mound, decrease injury risk, and raise your overall athletic potential.
The speed of the college game is often surprising for high school athletes, especially at the high echelon DI programs. In 2013, Perfect Game published this list of the fastest high school sophomores, juniors, and senior 60 yard dashes.
Averages: High School Senior 7.31 | Junior 7.44 | Sophomore 7.56
Top Performers – 60-Yard Dash – Class of 2014
|1||6.28||Carl Chester||National Showcase||Lake Brantley||Longwood||FL|
|2||6.31||Denz’l Chapman||National Showcase||Serra||Los Angeles||CA|
|3||6.35||Jared McKay||Southeast Top Prospect Showcase||Chamblee Charter||Stone Mountain||GA|
|4||6.36||Evan Holland||Mid Atlantic Top Prospect Showcase||Timber Creek||Erial||NJ|
|5||6.37||Jack Flaherty||National Showcase||Harvard-Westlake||Burbank||CA|
|6||6.42||Clay Lane||Sunshine South Showcase||Kaufman||Kaufman||TX|
|7||6.43||Michael Gettys||National Showcase||Gainesville||Gainesville||GA|
|8||6.44||Derek Hill||National Showcase||Elk Grove||Sacramento||CA|
|9||6.45||Connor Brady||South Top Prospect Showcase||Plano Sr.||Plano||TX|
|10||6.46||Matthew Collins||National Showcase||Memorial||Houston||TX|
|10||6.46||Trenton Kemp||National Showcase||Buchanan||Clovis||CA|
|12||6.47||Troy Stokes, Jr.||National Showcase||Calvert Hall College||Baltimore||MD|
|12||6.47||Stone Garrett||National Showcase||George Ranch||Sugar Land||TX|
|14||6.48||Tristan Rojas||Sunshine Northeast Showcase||James Monroe||Bronx||NY|
|15||6.49||Landon Morgan||South Top Prospect Showcase||Lubbock Christian||Levelland||TX|
|15||6.49||Giovanni Abreu||National Showcase||George Washington||New York||NY|
|15||6.49||Jeren Kendall||National Showcase||Holmen||Holmen||WI|
|15||6.49||Alexis Pantojas||Caribbean Top Prospect Showcase||Puerto Rico Baseball Academy||Vega Alta||PR|
Top Performers – 60-Yard Dash – Class of 2015
|1||6.44||Satchel McElroy||Jr National Showcase||Clear Creek||League City||TX|
|2||6.45||Demetrius McAtee||South Underclass Showcase||Parkway||Bossier City||LA|
|3||6.46||Alex Shaver||Jr National Showcase||George Ranch||Sugar Land||TX|
|3||6.46||Bakari Gayle||Jr National Showcase||Martin Luther King, Jr.||Stone Mountain||GA|
|5||6.50||Eric Cole||South Underclass Showcase||Southlake Carroll||Southlake||TX|
|6||6.51||Connor Smith||Ohio Valley Showcase||H.H. Dow||Midland||MI|
|7||6.54||Roman Millem||Ohio Valley Showcase||North Oldham||Prospect||KY|
|7||6.54||Jimmy Herron||Jr National Showcase||La Salle College||Harleysville||PA|
|9||6.55||Daniel Little||National Underclass Session 3||Lexington Catholic||Nicholasville||KY|
|10||6.57||Demi Orimoloye||Jr National Showcase||St. Matthew||Orleans||ON|
|10||6.57||Bakari Gayle||Southeast Top Prospect Showcase||Martin Luther King, Jr.||Stone Mountain||GA|
|12||6.59||Tyler Williams||Jr National Showcase||Raymond S. Kellis||Peoria||AZ|
|12||6.59||Shane Selman||Sunshine South Showcase||Alfred M. Barbe||Lake Charles||LA|
Top Performers – 60-Yard Dash – Class of 2016
|1||6.62||Vincent Ramos||Caribbean Underclass Showcase||Colegio Bautista||Toa Baja, Levittown||PR|
|2||6.64||Nicholas Rowland||Mid Atlantic Underclass Showcase||Chestnut Hill Academy||Blue Bell||PA|
|3||6.67||Ryan Mejia||Sunshine East Showcase||Alonso||Tampa||FL|
|4||6.72||Matthew Meisner||Sunshine Northeast Showcase||Salem||Salem||NH|
|5||6.78||Christian Moya||California Underclass Showcase||Bishop Amat||Chino Hills||CA|
|6||6.79||Cameron Locklear||Atlantic Coast Underclass Showcase||Jack Britt||Fayetteville||NC|
|7||6.82||Tyrik Jones||Southeast Underclass Showcase||The Galloway||Stone Mountain||GA|
|8||6.83||Corbin Bice||Southeast Underclass Showcase||Chilton Co.||Clanton||AL|
|9||6.83||Aidan Elias||Ohio Valley Showcase||Sayre||Lexington||KY|
|10||6.84||Kace Massner||Midwest Underclass Showcase||Burlington Community||Burlington||IA|
|11||6.85||Isaac Collins||Midwest Underclass Showcase||Maple Grove||Maple Grove||MN|
|11||6.85||Austin Bodrato||Sunshine Northeast Showcase||St. Joseph Regional||Northvale||NJ|
|11||6.85||Ashton King||Atlantic Coast Underclass Showcase||Christiansburg||Christiansburg||VA|
As you can see, the average senior in high school ran a 7.3 60-yard dash, which is not overly impressive. That 7.3 average is largely made up of athletes who will never step foot on a college ball field. Of high school varsity baseball participants only 5.6% will play at the collegiate level.
Only 5.6% of high school baseball players ever make a college team. As a high school athlete, are you REALLY outworking the other 95%?
— Josh Heenan (@josh_heenan) May 25, 2015
What is impressive is the fastest sophomore ball players run between a 6.44 and 6.85. That is blazing fast for an underclassman. To even come close to breaking the top 15 for the senior class you must run under a 6.5, which is plus speed for an MLBer.
So how do you stack up?
Not sure how hard you throw? Get on the gun at your next outing.
Not sure how fast you run? Go to a track and video tape your 60 yard dash. Video does not lie, handheld timers do.
Be analytical with the games you are watching this weekend and see how you would compare against the competition and what aspects of your game need the most work.
Have questions or comments about playing at the next level? Leave a comment below.