Evaluations

PSB has scouts who provide player evaluations on a college scale as explained below. The scouts rating the players are experienced in evaluating talent. Many have professional playing experience and have scouted players at the professional or collegiate level. We do not hire local high school coaches as evaluators on a one-time basis. Many of our scouts evaluate several showcases, which helps to create consistency when comparing players.

Player evaluations by PSB are on a 20-80 college scale for baseball and a 20-70 scale for softball as explained below. 

How You Are Rated

Player evaluations are skill specific; therefore, you may be rated as a D1 player as a catcher, but your running or hitting may only be at the D3 level. Scouts are rating you as they see you at the showcase that you attend. The ratings are your current ability and not projections. Therefore, a sophomore pitcher with a 35 rating is more of a prospect than a senior with a 38.

The scouts base their ratings on how you compare to a present top-round draft choice/D1 player. If you have skills that make you capable of starting at a top-rated D1 program, your ratings will be above 50. If your talents are comparable to a very good high school player, your rating is going to be in the 20’s. This is not to say that a player rating in the 30’s cannot go D1. Again, the ratings are used as a basis for a coach to decide where you might fit into his program.

Not every D1 program is at the level of North Carolina, Texas or UCLA. Many are in need of players to fill particular roles and are looking to improve upon what they have at the current time. An athlete with a 35 might be the perfect person for that role. There are several players right now in the major leagues who in some part of their game rate a 30. They just happen to have a particular skill that a team needed at the time that they were available to that organization. 

Other Factors That May Affect a Coach's Interest In You

Other factors come into play when a coach or scout is making a decision on you. A player’s attitude, current needs of the college, academic standing, and other factors impact your value as a prospect. As scouts, we often discuss how a player stands out because of his good, or bad, attitude. Coaches evaluate attitude on things as simple as how you wear your uniform or hat, how you talk to your parents, do you hustle when it is your turn, or if you back up plays.

Over the years, I have helped athletes get college scholarship who were considered undersized or not a skilled as other players, because I was impressed with their attitude, commitment and desire to play the game at the next level. Coaches may not watch you perform if they are not impressed with your attitude.

Also, many colleges recruit grades first, then talent. A player may rate a 60, but he does not have the grades necessary for the coach to recruit the player to his college. This player now becomes a juco prospect. Another player may be a 40 with a high GPA and test scores. This may jump him to the top of some recruiting lists because the coach is limited on the number of talented players with the academics required at his college.

There are also intangibles that come into play. Some of the more common intangibles include instincts, composure, hustle, and aggressiveness. Coaches will also check into your work habits in practice and off the field, maturity, desire and dedication. Your respect for the game is also important.


Baseball Rating Scale

80 - Top Division l player/potential first round selection in the major league draft. An 80 is someone who could right now start for a top D1 school (Texas, North Carolina, LSU, etc). Most likely, this player will get drafted right out of high school in the first round.

70 – Division l player/potential draft selection. A 70 is someone who could right now start for most D1 schools. This player has a chance to get drafted right out of high school in the top ten rounds of the major league draft.

60 – Division l player/potential draft selection.  A 60 is someone who could play at a D1 school. This player has a chance to get drafted right out of high school in the middle rounds of the major league draft.

50 - Average Division l player/above average D II player. A 50 might get some D1 playing time, or even start at a lower level D1 program. He would be a solid player at a D2 program.

40 – Below average D l/mid-range D ll player. A 40 would see limited D1 action in his freshman year, or might be red shirted. If he has good grades, a 40 could be a standout at a higher academic institution.

30 - Above average high school/possible small college/D III/juco. Once again, a 30 with good grades could be a standout at a higher academic institution. Playing at a junior college could be an option to continue to develop your skills an increase interest among more competitive baseball programs.

20 – Average high school player. Not a college prospect at this time; however, good grades could be a factor in drawing interest and receiving grants at the D3 level.

 

Softball Rating Scale

70 - Top Division l player. All-conference/All-American.

65 - Someone who could right now start for a top D1 school (Arizona State, UCLA, South Carolina, etc).

60 – Would start in most D1 programs.

55 - Average Division l player. Could start as a freshman at some D1 programs.

50 – Below average Division l/standout D2 player. A 50 might get some D1 playing time, or even start at a lower level D1 program.

45 – Above average D2 player/lower D1 playing abilities.

40 – Average D2 player. With good grades, a 40 could be a standout at a D3 higher academic institution.

35 – Standout high school athlete/definite D3 abilities.

30 - Above average high school/possible small college/D3 with good grades/juco. Playing at a junior college could be an option to continue to develop your skills and increase interest among more competitive softball programs.

25 – Average high school player. Not a college prospect at this time; however, good grades could be a factor in drawing interest, receiving grants at the D3 level.

20 – Below average high school player. Not a prospect at this time.