Sam Houston Baseball

Texas
NCAA Division 1
Conference USA

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Roster Size

Average

Player Retention

High

Redshirting Tendency

Low

On Field Performance

Average

Incoming Transfers

High

Recruiting Reach

Average

Are you thinking about playing college baseball at a high level? If so, you should check out Sam Houston State University. SHSU has a strong baseball program and a rich history of success. 2023 will be the baseball program’s first season within Conference USA. Previously, the Bearkats competed within the Western Athletic Conference and Southland Conference, where they produced successful results on the field. As a part of the Southland Conference, they earned several regular season titles and tournament championships throughout the years. Over 60 Sam Houston players have been selected in the MLB draft, a handful of which have even made appearances at the MLB level. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the Bearkats baseball program and tell you what you can expect if you choose to play for them. We’ll also give you the inside scoop on how to get recruited by Sam Houston State University. So, read on to learn more about the Bearkats!

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Conference USA Baseball Schools

2024 Sam Houston Roster

Roster Size

35

Redshirted Players Last Year

2

Incoming Transfers

10

Freshman Retention Rate

71%

Position Players by Batting Side

Right: 10
Left: 8

Pitchers by Throwing Arm

Right: 10
Left: 8

Position Depth

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Middle Infielders: 0

3B: 0

1B: 0

Infielders: 7

Catchers: 4

Outfielders: 6

Utility: 1

Pitchers: 18

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Sam Houston Recruiting Needs

2024/25 Needs by Position

Middle Infielders: 0

3Bs: 0

1Bs: 0

Infielders: 1

Catchers: 2

Outfielders: 1

Utility: 0

Pitchers: 9

2024/25 Needs by Batting Side

Right: 3

Left: 1

2024/25 Needs by Pitcher Throwing Arm

Right: 5

Left: 4

2025/26 Needs by Position

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2024 Grads by Position

Middle Infielders: 0

3Bs: 0

1Bs: 0

Infielders: 3

Catchers: 1

Outfielders: 3

Utility: 0

Pitchers: 5

2024 Grads by Batting Side

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Sam Houston Roster Trends

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Roster Size

2023: 35

2022: 35

2021: 33

2020: 41

2019: 33

2018: 34

Incoming Transfers

2023: 10

2022: 11

2021: 8

2020: 5

2019: 13

Freshman Retention Rate

2024
71%
2023
100%
2022
67%
2021
88%

Redshirts

2022: 2

2021: 4

2020: 3

2019: 30

2018: 0

2017: 2

Texas Baseball Schools

Sam Houston Player Details

1: Texas

2: Louisiana

3: Arkansas

4: Puerto Rico

5: Oklahoma

6: New Mexico

7: New Jersey

8: New York

9: Nebraska

10: Iowa

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2024 Height by Position (Inches)

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Infielders: 71.5

Catchers: 72.5

Outfielders: 71.5

Utility: 72.0

Pitchers: 73.5

2023 Height by Position (Inches)

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Infielders: 72.5

Catchers: 72.5

Outfielders: 71.5

Utility:

Pitchers: 73.5

NCAA Division 1 Baseball Schools

Sam Houston State University Admissions

Public, 4-year or above

Acceptance Rate

83%

SAT Verbal Range: 500 - 580

SAT Math Range: 490 - 560

ACT English Range: 19 - 26

ACT Math Range: 17 - 22

SAT/ACT Requirement

Required

SAT/ACT Percent Submit

SAT: 78%

ACT: 37%

High School GPA

Required

High School Rank

Neither required nor recommended

High School Record

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Reccomendations

Neither required nor recommended

Costs

Net Price

$13055 / year

*All net price figures represent the average cost for undergraduate students after grant and scholarship aid.

 

Average Net Price by Household Income

< $30k: $10561

$31k - 47k: $11634

$48 - 75k: $14832

$76 - 110k: $19531

> $110k: $21077

Tuition

In-State:​ $5856

Out-of-State:​ $15984

Other Costs

Room and Board: ​$9552

Books and Supplies: ​$1372

Fees: ​$2680

Other Expenses: ​$3866

Southwest Baseball Schools

Student Body

Enrollment

Total:​ 23705

Undergraduate:​ 20397

Graduate:​ 3308

Gender

Men
37%
Women
63%

Graduation Rates

4 Year
29%
6 Year
51%
8 year
55%

Demographics

American Indian or Alaskan Native
1%
Asian
2%
Black or African American
17%
Hispanic or Latino
24%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders
0%
White
51%
Multiracial
6%

Financial Aid & Student Loans

Percent of Students Receiving Financial Aid

86%

Average Total Aid Awarded: $7323

Average Federal Grant Aid: $4927

Average State/Local Grant Aid: $5511

Average Pell Grant Aid: $4873

Average Institutional Grant Aid: $5958

Percent of Students awarded student loans​
59%
Percent of Students awarded federal, state, local or institutional grant aid​
66%
Percent of Students awarded federal grant aid​
45%
Percent of Students awarded Pell grants​
45%
Percent of Students awarded state/local grant aid​
59%
Percent of Students awarded institutional grant aid​
9%

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Roster Size

The size of a program’s roster can tell you a lot. A smaller roster provides more opportunities for playing time, but can be an indication that the program has a lower level of funding. Being a versatile player, who can play multiple positions, is extremely valuable for these programs. With a larger roster comes more competition for playing time and fewer multi-position opportunities. It may also be an indication of the program’s financial budget, because each additional player comes at a cost to the university. Unlike the D1 level, some of the lower levels don’t have roster size limits, so it’s not uncommon to run into programs with rosters greater than 45 players.

Player Retention

From our experiences, the highest period of volatility with player retention occurs during a player’s freshman year. This metric evaluates the percentage of true freshman that returned to the program for their sophomore year, and how many did not, as a result of quitting, transferring, or being cut. Any quality program can run into a year where a significant amount of their freshman don’t return. When you see a pattern of poor player retention, that is when it should be identified as an area of concern.

Redshirt Tendencies

Many recruits don’t realize that there is a possibility of sitting out a year to develop athletically. For programs that have tendencies of red shirting players, it is import to talk with the coach about their vision of a 5 year experience and the financial impact that may have. Sitting out a year to for development purposes will also have some eligibility impacts that will need to be ironed out.

On-Field Performance

By taking a look at the performance over the past few years, players can get a better feel for the program, and can set realistic expectations with what their college baseball experience will look like. Will you have a shot at a conference championship every year? Is the program coming out of a rebuild mode with consistent progress? Is the program a bottom dweller?

Incoming Transfers

This metric evaluates the number of new players on the roster that transferred in from another college. It’s helpful for players to understand if a coach tends to rely on a steady replenishment of transfers to fill in gaps, or if they depend on their underclassmen to develop and become contributing players. A program’s tendencies in this area will have an impact on what your competition for playing time will look.

Recruiting Reach

This metric evaluates the pool of players that are interested in playing for this program. Some schools may mostly attract local players from within the same state, while larger D1 programs garner interest from players across the country. 

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Depth by Batting Side and Throwing Arm

At the collegiate level, coaches are mindful of handedness as they build their rosters. During the recruiting process, it is helpful to get a feel for a program’s current depth and needs, from a batting side and pitcher throwing arm perspective.

Position Depth

This metric provides a breakdown of how many players are currently at each position. It’s important to understand a coach’s roster depth preferences. This is a great way to get a feel for the number of players that are typically stacked up at each position. Keep in mind that this will be your competition for meaningful playing time. This data can also be used to better understand a program’s positional needs.

Players Graduating by Position

Evaluating the number of players that are projected to leave the program by position, this metric gives players a better idea of the positions that a program is in need of and is likely recruiting for. Players typically see a higher level of engagement from coaches that have a need for their position, so it’s a key component to consider throughout the college baseball search.

Player Home States

It’s often overlooked, but understanding the locations where a coach typically recruits is extremely valuable. This metric provides a breakdown of where players live by state, so you can get a feel for a coach’s recruiting grounds. If you don’t live in those areas it might be a little more difficult to get noticed.

Players' Majors

Unfortunately, there are some majors that don’t mesh well with the schedule of a student athlete. Many student athletes come to the realization that they can’t keep their current major and continue to play their sport, while staying on pace to graduate in four years. We provide you with a list of majors that players have been able to balance with the rigorous college baseball schedule.

Height by Position

Some coaches have a tendency of recruiting big, physical players. This metric can help you get an understanding of the physicality of players on a positional basis.

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