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 Montana 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.
Montana by the Numbers
In the table below, you’ll see how many high school players from Montana are playing at each level of college baseball, the probability of playing at each college level, and how Montana compares nationally and to other states in the Northwest Region. You can see the complete Northwest breakdown HERE.
Where Are They Playing?
Montana Players by Division (153)
Image and data credit: College Baseball Insights
The 2023 season was Montana’s first with baseball as a sanctioned sport. According to the Montana High School Association (MHSA), there were 25 school representing 21 teams. Since Montana has its own high school baseball association, high school player participation data from NFHS and post high school playing probability for the state is not available. When we look at the overall number of Montana high school grads playing college baseball (153), it’s no surprise that the raw totals are among the fewest of any state. Montana is the 7th least populated state in the United States and has some of the harshest weather to boot. Even so, Montana has players represented in every major level of college baseball. Most Montana ballplayers are playing at the junior college (67) or NAIA (51) levels. The state has one D2 program, and two JUCO programs in total.
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.