College Sports - Baseball
Schools sponsored varsity Baseball teams in 2021:
|# of||Total||Average||Scholarship||Average Athletic|
|Division||Teams||Athletes||Team size||limit per team||Scholarship|
|Other 4 year||35||820||23||-||489|
|Other 2 year||116||3,698||32||-||287|
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:
|Number of US High School Baseball Players 2019-20||512,213|
|Number of College Baseball Players||61,211|
|% of US High School Baseball Players competing at any College Level||11.80%|
|% of US High School Baseball Players Competing at NCAA I Schools||2.10%|
|Odds of a US High School Baseball player making any College Roster||8:1|
|Odds of a US High School Baseball player making an NCAA I Roster||47:1|
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:
|38||District of Columbia||95:1|
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