I received a great question from a parent the other day that I
thought may help you… specifically if your child or player has
their sights set on playing college ball. It will give you an
‘inside look’ on how college coaches think and recruit. Enjoy.
Q – I am a father who has a senior in high school this year, so he
will graduate after high school baseball season. He is only 17
years old and will not turn 18 years old until the end of June this
season 2010. He has now started to grow and is showing to be a late
bloomer as far as his physique is concerned. What option’s or route
would be in his best interest in going on to play college baseball?
Should he go straight on to college and play? Should he or can he
wait a season or two and continue to work out and play 18-19 yr old
summer/fall baseball and then go on to play college ball after his
body has grown up to better meet his baseball abilities?
– Kelley Marriot
A – Hi Kelly,
I appreciate the trust you have in our Super 8 Hitting System
products. I know that with the proper effort that your son will
In response to your question, let me mention that because of the
nature of your question, it is difficult to give a specific answer.
However, I can give you an overview that may be of help.
I was a Division I college head baseball coach for 19 years at
Tulane University. I can tell you that college baseball is
intensely competitive at all levels. College baseball coaches have
a tendency to look for first at a player and how he fits defensively
into the game.
Shortstop, Second Base, and Center Field are positions of speed
(6.7/60 or better) and quickness, usually lead-off type hitters.
They do not need to possess a lot of power as long as they possess
The corner positions (3B, 1B, RF, and LF) are usually filled by
players who are the power players, who hit in the middle of the
lineup. Usually the catcher doesn’t need to be tall or big, but
needs to be strong with good catching tools. His pop time (throws
to 2B) needs to be 2.0 or better.
For pitchers, what we look for is their ability to command their
pitches, with velocity usually mid 80’s. With pitchers of equal
ability, the left hander would have the advantage over the right
hander. This goes for hitters as well. Left handed hitters would
have the advantage.
When I was recruiting a player, when attending games, he needed to
“kick me in the head”, stand out from the rest.
I hope that this gives you a picture about what to expect as he
competes in his high school years, with interest in playing college
It appears from your letter, that your young man may not be quite
ready based on his physical maturity.
Division I College baseball programs due to recent NCAA restraints
have been strapped. Teams now are only allowed a 30-man roster,
including walk-ons, with only 11.7 total scholarships (tops)
awarded. There are also tougher transfer rules between colleges.
Do not overlook junior colleges. Many play very good baseball and
transfers to a 4-year college can be made after the first year.
Also, in the smaller colleges, the roster guidelines are usually
not as stringent as Division I.
Now, concerning his interest in sitting out… once a player
registers at a university, he has 5 years to play 4, unless he
becomes injured and takes a redshirt year. So if he decided not to
play the first year out of high school, he would still have 4 years
I don’t know what position he plays, but make sure that it fits his
body. It’s not uncommon for a high school player who is playing out
of position to be over looked. So, his position and how he plays it
Has he had any interest at this time from any colleges, even as a
If he hasn’t received any interest, then it is important to put him
into situations where he will be noticed. He needs to play his
position well this year and have a good solid year, then play in
summer leagues and showcases that will give him exposure. Some
showcases are just money-makers for the promoters, but some are
good and well worth the effort to help him gain exposure.
Have him get with his high school coach and let him know of his
goals. Ask him to write letters on his behalf to schools that
interest him. His summer coach can do the same.
Work hard on his fundamentals and continue to work on his stroke.
Make sure he keeps up with his conditioning and hits the weight
room on a regular basis. He will be amazed on how this will help
his body reach its maturity. Do not overlook the hands.
Should his strategy be to sit out the first year, he must get in as
much baseball and exposure that is possible.
He needs to raise his confidence level. He must have a belief
system that makes him feel he can perform at a higher level.
One final word… have him work and learn our Super 8 Hitting
System well. Some of my players worked hard just to make their
high school teams. And now they are playing in college. But they
never quit, they had a goal and worked hard to achieve their very
Keep in mind, that without my knowing your son personally, I can
only make suggestions.
Get the same system he uses: http://www.learnbaseballhitting.com
Good luck. Hope this helps.
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