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Recruiting: What Each Side is Looking For

There is a place in college baseball for everyone that wants to play. There is Division 1, 2, 3, NAIA and junior college. Now, you just have to decide where and at what level you fit.

Most players’ decisions come in figuring out if they have to play at their “dream school,” or if they simply want the opportunity to play college baseball.

It’s no secret, college recruiters are looking for talent and skill. The infamous “five tools” of hit for average, hit for power, throw, speed, and defense are well known. Anyone wanting to play college baseball must have some of these tools. You do not have to do all five of the tools well or even one exceptionally, but you must be able to do the most basic fundamentals of throwing, defense, and being some sort of offensive threat.

The more skills and talents you possess will give you more opportunities to play. I encourage all hopeful collegiate baseball players to develop their skills and talents as much as they can. Play as much as you can, compete as much can.

Collegiate recruiters are looking for players who have the ability to make accurate throws, make routine plays, and consistently have competitive at bats. We don’t want to have to worry about bad defense, inaccurate throws, and a guy who can’t make contact.

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You need to spend your time honing you fundamental skills first. Practicing throwing, work on accuracy, and build strength. Everyone wants to make the great play, and you need to work on that too, but practice plays that happen most in games for your position. Be able to make the routine groundball, turn the double play, catch pop ups, hit your cut off man, defend the bunt.

And work on hitting the ball on the barrel. Figure out what you do well offensively and perfect those skills. If you are fast, be able to execute the short game, if you have strength, work on driving the baseball. And all hitters should work on barreling the ball up. When in doubt, middle always wins.

You can play anywhere, and you should set your goals high, but you need to understand not everyone gets to play where they want. Not everyone gets to play at the high-profile Division 1, and not every D1 player even gets a scholarship.

The most important factor in choosing a school should be fit. Does the school/baseball program fit your needs, academically, athletically, distance from home, size of town, coaching style, playing opportunity, etc.? Identify what level of college baseball your skill set puts you at and then identify the schools at that level that would be a good fit for you.

There are many different levels of college baseball for all different levels of skills sets. You need to determine where your skill set fits and make your decision on your future.

From GameChanger and Andrew Morgan. Morgan is an assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator at Murray State University. He has been coaching baseball at various levels since 2004.

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