State Participation Overview

2023 State Participation Overview: Rhode Island

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 Rhode Island 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.

Rhode Island

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

Where Are They Playing?

Rhode Island Players by Division (230)

Image and data credit: College Baseball Insights

The Breakdown

13.53% of Rhode Island high school players move on to play college baseball at any level. This is above the 12.58% national average and below the Northeast Region’s 15.36% average. The state has the 2nd fewest high school baseball players in the region, with only 48 high school programs and 1,700 high school baseball participants. What the state lacks in population/participation, it makes up for with quality. Rhode Island’s 3.18% D1 participation rate is good for second best in the region and well above both national (2.32%) and regional (2.57%) averages. The states D3 participation rate of 7.59% is well above the national average (3.10%) and just slightly below the regional average (7.75%). With only 12 D2 players and 3 NAIA players from Rhode Island, the state’s respective 0.71% and 0.18% participation rates for each level are well below national marks, although the Northeast Region in general has very low NAIA participation rates (0.16%). Rhode Island has the 3rd best junior college participation of the northeast states at 1.76%, which is still significantly below the 3.30% national average at the level. The state has 3 D1 programs, 4 D3 programs, and 1 junior college program. It’s unsurprising that the vast majority of Rhode Island’s 230 college players stay in the Northeast, but mainly travel north to play ball. Very few play south of Connecticut, Rhode Island’s neighbor to the south.

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.