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College Sports - Baseball

Schools sponsored varsity Baseball teams in 2021:

# ofTotalAverageScholarshipAverage Athletic
DivisionTeamsAthletesTeam sizelimit per teamScholarship
NCAAI30211,0023611.717,323
NCAAII26010,8054296,573
NCAAIII39314,32336--
NAIA1938,09442127,895
Other 4 year3582023-489
NJCAA40312,46931242,433
Other 2 year1163,69832-287
Totals1,70261,21136--

Baseball is an equivalency sport for NCAA scholarship purposes, so partial scholarships can be awarded to meet the NCAA limit per school. For example, an NCAA Division II school can award 27 players each a 1/3 equivalent scholarship and not exceed the team limit of 9. For more information see our page on scholarship limits.

Do the Math! The average NCAA Division I baseball team has a roster of 36 players but only a maximum of 11.7 athletic scholarships available. This means the average award covers only about 1/3 of annual college costs and this assumes the sport is fully funded at the sponsoring school.

* Average Athletic Scholarship is the average annual award per athlete for ALL varsity sports sponsored by the specific school. Some athletes receive full awards, some receive partial and many receive none. Additionally some sports within a school may be fully funded, some partially and some sports provide no athletic scholarships. Private schools generally have higher tuition than public schools and the average award will reflect this.

Odds of a High School Baseball Player competing in College 2021:

Total
Number of US High School Baseball Players 2019-20512,213
Number of College Baseball Players61,211
% of US High School Baseball Players competing at any College Level11.80%
% of US High School Baseball Players Competing at NCAA I Schools2.10%
Odds of a US High School Baseball player making any College Roster8:1
Odds of a US High School Baseball player making an NCAA I Roster47:1

Odds of a High School baseball player making an NCAA I roster by State

493,694 boys played on US High School baseball teams during the 2017-18 season while only 9,835 US players who participated on High School teams were listed on NCAA I rosters. So the overall likelihood of a US high school baseball player making a D1 roster is only 2% or odds of 50:1

The odds vary significantly depending on where you compete in High School. While California and Texas produce the most D1 baseball players in absolute numbers, Georgia and Florida produced the highest relative percentage of NCAA I baseball players. Here is the summary of our 2018 analysis:

RankStateOdds
1Georgia24:1
2Florida25:1
3Virginia26:1
4North Carolina28:1
5Delaware28:1
6Connecticut30:1
7Louisiana32:1
8California33:1
9Maryland34:1
10Nevada34:1
11South Carolina35:1
12New Jersey36:1
13Tennessee39:1
14Nebraska41:1
15New York42:1
16Arizona46:1
17Texas48:1
18Hawaii49:1
19Illinois50:1
20Indiana51:1
21Rhode Island54:1
22Washington54:1
23Arkansas58:1
24Pennsylvania58:1
25Colorado62:1
26Alabama65:1
27Massachusetts68:1
28Kentucky71:1
29Utah74:1
30Mississippi74:1
31Kansas77:1
32Ohio78:1
33New Hampshire85:1
34Oklahoma86:1
35Oregon86:1
36Michigan90:1
37West Virginia91:1
38District of Columbia95:1
39Missouri96:1
40Idaho101:1
41New Mexico102:1
42Wisconsin116:1
43Wyoming116:1
44Minnesota125:1
45Alaska135:1
46Iowa147:1
47Montana148:1
48North Dakota159:1
49South Dakota162:1
50Vermont163:1
51Maine181:1