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 New York 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.
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In the table below, you’ll see how many high school players from New York are playing at each level of college baseball, the probability of playing at each college level, and how New York compares nationally and to other states in the Northeast Region. You can see the complete Northeast breakdown HERE.
Where Are They Playing?
New York Players by Division (3522)
Image and data credit: College Baseball Insights
When you think of college baseball pipelines, you likely think about the warm weather states like California, Texas, and Florida. New York has something to say about that. New York’s overall college baseball outlook is very strong. It’s 3,522 college baseball participants across all levels trails only California and Texas despite having only the 7th most high school participants of any state. It’s 19.50% college baseball participation rate is also good for 3rd best in the country behind only Hawaii and Nebraska.
New York doesn’t lean on just one level to get its players to the next level. Across all major college levels except NAIA, New York has very strong numbers. New York’s D2 participation rate (2.97%) is tops in the Northeast while the D1 (2.99%) and D3 (9.07%) participation rates are good for a respective 3rd and 2nd in the region. Even though New York’s 0.24% NAIA participation rate is well below the 1.54% national average, it is still tops in a region that doesn’t send many players to that level. With a 4.01% JUCO participation rate, New York more than doubles the Northeast region’s rate for that level (1.86%) and bests the 3.30% national average easily. New York high school graduates account for 62% (724) of the region’s 1,176 total JUCO players.
New York’s strength across many college levels comes from having great in-state options. The state’s 111 college baseball programs trails only California in total options. This includes 18 D1’s (2nd most of any state), 11 D2’s, 48 D3’s (2nd most), and 31 JUCO programs (3rd most). Two-thirds of New York’s college baseball players stay in-state to play college baseball. Most of the other third stay in the Northeast, but New York is represented in the vast majority of states with college baseball nationwide.
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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.