State Participation Overview

2023 State Participation Overview: Mississippi

You’re interested in playing college baseball, but what are your chances of making it to the next level? While many tout national probability as gospel, it turns out your odds of playing at the next level vary greatly depending on where you live.

If you live in Mississippi and are wondering what percentage of high school graduates from your state play at each college level and where they are playing, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we team up with our friends at College Baseball Insights to provide you with state-level overview of your chances to play at the next level.

You can see an overview of our resources, methodology, and limitations on our College Baseball Participation Overview Main Page, as well find overviews on other states and regions.

Mississippi by the Numbers

In the table below, you’ll see how many high school players from Mississippi are playing at each level of college baseball, the probability of playing at each college level, and how Mississippi compares nationally and to other states in the Southeast Region. You can see the complete Southwest breakdown HERE.

Where Are They Playing?

Mississippi Players by Division (856)

Image and data credit: College Baseball Insights

The Breakdown

Mississippi’s 10.83% overall college baseball participation rate is below national and regional averages, and the 3rd lowest of the region. The Magnolia state leaps over both Louisiana and Alabama because of its success at sending players to the JUCO level. More than half of Mississippi’s ballplayers in college are playing at the JUCO level. The 5.64 JUCO participation rate is tops in the region and 6th best nationally. Unfortunately, every other level is below both national and regional averages. D1 (2.10%, 3rd lowest of region), D2 (.87%, 2nd lowest of region), D3 (.38%, lowest of the region), and NAIA (1.43%, 5th best of region) levels are all very low. The state has 6 D1, 2 D2, 2 D3, 4 NAIA, and 15 JUCO options at the college level. The 31 total programs (and especially 15 JUCO options) are a decent number of options for a state that has less than 8,000 high school participants.

Want to see additional states and regional breakdowns? Find them HERE.


This article was written with data and insights from 3rd party sources, College Baseball Insights and NFHS High School Participation Data. Data and insights are subject to revision and/or change. We’ve attempted to display as accurate a picture as possible with the information that is available. Readers should be aware that college baseball roster data is fluid and changes throughout the year. Every attempt is made to reconcile data and keep up with changes, but this article may not reflect the changes or updates from 3rd parties. Insights cannot account for gap year programs, misreported roster information, or other inaccuracies which may slightly alter the numbers and percentages used in this article. Insights are subject to change and are based on best available information.