Baseball First Baseman

 

Tier 1 First Baseman:

Physical Measurables:

  • Height: Between 6’2’’ and 6’6’’
  • Weight between 190 and 240 pounds

 

Stats: 

  • First basemen interested in playing at the Division I level generally hit 5-10 homeruns as a Junior and Senior in high school
  • OB %: .500
  • Slugging: .750 (Minimum 2 AB's per game)

 

NCSA Expert Notes:

Division I first basemen are generally very developed physically before getting to college. The biggest factor in evaluating a Division I first baseman is the ability to hit for power and drive runs in. Coaches evaluating a hitting skills video of a first baseman will look for a short, compact swing, quick bat speed, and a load or hitting mechanism that generates a lot of power. Fielding ability is not as important for a first baseman, as long as he can make the routine play on a regular basis.

 

Tier 2 First Baseman 

Physical Measurables:

  • Height: At least 6'0'';
  • Weight: At least 180 lbs.

 

Stats: 

  • Need to demonstrate the ability or potential to hit for power. 
  • A solid 1B recruit in this tier should have a few HRs and a lot of RBIs as a Junior and Senior in HS.

 

NCSA Expert Notes:

The most important factor in recruiting for 1B is the ability to hit for power or for a high average. While a 1B recruit in this tier may not be as polished, he should definitely show the potential to hit for power at some point in the near future.

 

 

Tier 3 First Baseman 

Physical Measurables:

  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 180 lbs.

 

Stats: 

  • Power Numbers: 3+ HR, 25+ RBI

 

NCSA Expert Notes:

First basemen at this level will posses some qualities, but not all of high level athletes at this position.  Regardless, this is an offensive position at this level.

 

Tier 4 First Baseman 

Physical Measurables:

  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 170 lbs.

Stats: 

  • Power Numbers: 2+ HR, 20+RBI

 

NCSA Expert Notes:

Like many positions, size is lacking for players in this tier. If they do have good size, athleticism may be missing or power. It is very important for  college level first baseman to hit for power and drive in runs. This may be projectable for players who end up at this level.  

 

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