State Participation Overview

2023 State Participation Overview: Washington

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 Washington 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.

Washington by the Numbers

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

Where Are They Playing?

Washington Players by Division (1140)

Image and data credit: College Baseball Insights

The Breakdown

Overall, the college baseball outlook for Washington state high school graduates across all levels (13.32%) is better than the Northwest (11.45%) and national (12.58%) average. Washington state’s quality junior college system (NWAC) is a huge reason behind the college baseball pipeline. The 18 in-state JUCO programs are a big reason why 5.83% of Washington state graduates go on to play at the junior college level. That trails only California and Nevada in JUCO participation rate for all states. Washington’s 1.88% NAIA participation rate is below the regional average (2.13%) but above the national average (1.54%). All other level are above the regional average but below the national average. There are 4 in-state D1 programs and Washington state’s 2.29% D1 participation rate is just below the national average (2.32%). The low D2 participation rate (1.14%, just better than half of the national average) may have something to do with there being only 2 in-state D2 programs and few programs in neighboring states. Over two-thirds of Washington’s college baseball participants stay on the west coast. The remaining third blanket the country in a remarkably even way. Only 4 states that have college baseball programs aren’t represented by state of Washington grads (see above!).

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.