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Spot a D1 Player in High School

Introduction: Every high school baseball player dreams of making it big, but what sets a D1 prospect apart from the rest? It’s not just about playing for your high school team; it’s about the relentless pursuit of excellence and standout abilities. Let's look at what differentiates these top athletes from their peers.

Key Attributes of a D1 Baseball Prospect:

  1. Experience: Most D1 prospects have at least three to four years of varsity baseball under their belts. Starting all those years is a testament to their skills and consistency.

  2. Exit Velocity: A bat swing that sends the ball off the tee at speeds greater than 90 mph demonstrates the kind of power that catches scouts' eyes.

  3. Throwing Velocity: If a player is throwing the ball at velocities exceeding 85 mph, they show the arm strength necessary for the next level.

  4. Speed: A 60-yard dash time of 7 seconds or lower showcases the explosive speed required for elite baseball.

Case Studies - Hard 90 Alumni:

  • Tommy Troy, Los Gatos High School to Stanford, later a 1st-round pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks, is a prime example with an exit speed greater than 100 mph, throwing velocity over 90 mph, and a 60-yard dash time of 6.4 seconds. Tommy was a 4 year varsity high school starter, slashing .321.

  • Jake Sapien of Buhach High School also made it to Stanford, presenting similar elite stats with an impressive batting average of .367. Jake was a 4 year varsity starter.

  • Devon Walczykowski from Jesuit High School to Pepperdine. Devon was a 3 year varsity starter, putting up big power numbers with exit speeds well above 100MPH, slashing .355 in high school with 15 home runs.

  • Trevor Haskins of Valley Christian to Stanford, exhibited the exceptional attributes of a D1 player, with high exit speeds, strong throwing velocities, and swift 60-yard times. Trevor was a 3 year varsity starter.

The Path to Excellence: There are no shortcuts to becoming a D1 athlete. It requires doing more than the average player. Attending high school practice isn't enough; the best players hit the field 7 days a week, engage in rigorous throwing programs, and commit to strength, conditioning, and agility training with specialized coaches.

Programs to Pave the Way: Organizations like Hard 90 offer a combination of programs and expertise to help dedicated players reach their dreams. Their high school hitting program and combine have helped over 400 alumni achieve collegiate and professional success.

Conclusion: The journey from high school to D1 baseball is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s about daily commitment, relentless training, and consistently pushing beyond limits. By recognizing the traits and work ethic of successful D1 players, aspiring athletes can set a roadmap for their own journey to the top.


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