Scholarship Breakdown By Position
By: Andy Partin
What are the general guidelines to how college baseball programs hand out their scholarship money? This is a topic most kids and parents need to be better educated on.
What position do you think gets the biggest chunk of scholarship money? … If you said pitching you are correct. The majority of money is spent to build a team’s pitching staff. We’ve all heard it a thousand times – “pitching wins championships” and it’s true.
College programs are going to spend at least 50% of their money on their pitching staff. I’d imagine upwards of 70% at certain programs.
After pitching a program must solidify the middle of the field. So catching, middle infield and speedy outfielders will typically receive the next largest scholarships.
Last and yes least in order of scholarship size is generally corner position players. This is not always the case. I’ve had kids I’ve coached that were slow-footed corner players but were born to hit and they received monster size scholarships at major universities. The majority of those kids signed with MLB clubs out of high school though.
College programs love athletic guys who can really defend and that can really hit, but those type of guys are hard to come by. And typically if they can do all those well they are going to the University of the 1st Round.
These are just general guidelines and not used by all schools but it’s usually the case from what I’ve learned.