A more detailed view of how we evaluate the key components of every NCAA baseball program.
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.
Current 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. This data can also be used to better understand a program's positional needs.
The size of a program's roster can tell you a lot. A smaller roster provides more opportunities for playing time. Additionally, 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.
Freshman Retention Rate
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.
Redshirts on Roster
Many recruits don't realize that there is a real 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 the possibility of a 5 year experience and the financial impact that may have. This metric calculates the number of players that have red shirted at some point in their career (not the players who are currently in their red shirt year).
This metric evaluates the number of new players on the roster that transferred 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. Please note that this only calculates transfers that are new to the roster on a given year.
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?
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.
Players by State
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.
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.
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.