Baseball Centerfielder

 

Tier 1 Centerfield 

Physical Measurables:

  • A 60 yard dash below 6.7 is the norm for a high level Division I centerfield recruit.
  • Also, they should register anywhere between 87 and 95+ MPH from the outfield on the radar gun. 

Stats: 

  • OB %: .500
  • Slugging: .600 (Minimum 2 AB's per game)

NCSA Expert Notes:

The typical Division I centerfielder is very, very fast. Division I centerfield recruits must also possess a strong arm. The Division I centerfield recruit must also be a leader, so communication with other outfielders and middle infielders will be key. In terms of hitting, the Division I centerfield recruit is viewed more often than not as a top of the order type of hitter, with the occasional outlier being a centerfielder that hits for power and fits in better in the middle of the lineup. The ability to get on base, steal bases, and score from first on extra base hits will be important for Division I centerfield recruits. Size is not as important for centerfielders, but a prototypical Division I centerfield recruit is generally between 5’9’’ and 6’2’’ while weighing between 175 and 210 pounds.

 

 

Tier 2 Centerfield 

Physical Measurables:

  • A 60 yard dash anywhere below 6.9 is desired for Division II recruits.

Stats: 

  • OB: .450
  • SLG: .500 (Minimum 2 AB's per game)

NCSA Expert Notes:

Division II centerfielder's will be expected to field their position exceptionally well. Similar to a MIF, defense is almost always the first priority for a Division II centerfielder. After defense, college coaches at the Division II level will look for centerfielders that can swing the bat well and hit at the top or the bottom of the lineup. A Division II centerfielder usually excels in one area of the game and shows the potential to develop in other areas.

Tier 3 Centerfield 

Physical Measurables:

  • Height: 5'11''
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • 60 Yard Dash: 6.9 or below
  • Velocity from the OF of 80+ MPH

Stats: 

  • OB% .400
  • Slugging: .500

NCSA Expert Notes:

Speed, range, getting on-base, and stealing bases are all qualities centerfielders at this level will possess.  A power hitting centerfielder is a bonus, but might sacrifice some speed aspects of the game.  Coaches will look for centerfielders who can cover ground and be a leader in the outfield.

 

 

Tier 4 Centerfield 

Physical Measurables:

  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • 60 Yard Dash: 7.0 or below
  • Velocity from the OF: 78+ MPH

Stats: 

  • OB %: .350
  • Slugging: .450 

NCSA Expert Notes:

Centerfielders in this tier still need to have speed, be able to cover a lot of ground in the outfield, and get on base, but may just not be fast enough to play at a high level or be raw offensively. Arm strength may lack as well. 

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