This will be a quick explanation of an average 60 yard dash time in regards to MLB 60 yard dash times.
Here is the thing, each player has a role and for some of those roles the 60 yard dash is not that important but on the other hand, having an impressive 60 will increase your value as a future prospect which could pay dividends in the near future for you and your baseball career.
So just because you’re a 6’4 husky power hitter, don’t think that having a decent 60 is unimportant.
It still is!
So with that being said here is break down of a good 60 yards dash in regard to position.
( These time are representative of the standards at the professional level. So just because you’re a freshman in high school or college even, there is always time to get better. There is no room for being discouraged for not meeting these standards. There is however, room for growth, always!)
Middle Infielders – 6.6 or below.
Some professional hold these standards to quantify potential range. Some teams will insist you move to the corner position if you don’t run a 6.6 60 yd, in which they will be looking for a player who hits for more power.
Corner infield positions– 7.0 or below
Centerfield – 6.6 or below. Like the mid-infield positions, these standards help scouts quantify possible range. If you’re a centerfield who is slower than this time, than proving that you have incredible instincts and the ability to read the ball of the bat consistently is absolutely essential.
Corner outfield positions– 6.9 or below
Remember- these 60 yard dash times are the standards set by most professional baseball scouts but it’s important to note that nothing is set in stone. Chances are you will have the opportunity to be evaluated as a prospect on a daily basis which provides you with the opportunity to showcase your other skills.
There is always an exception to the norm though it is rare. Ex. Dustin Pedrioa 7.1 60 Yard Dash
So you wan’t to know where you stack up compared to some of the fastest players at the professional level?
Well lets take a look at some popular baseball players and their respective 60’s according to extensive research, relentless enquiries, and a little bit of hear say.
Michael Bourne – 6.2
Mike Trout – 6.4
Bryce Harper – 6.6
Derek Jeter – 6.6
Alex Rodriguez – 6.6
Brett Gardner – 6.2
Carl Crawford – 6.2
Ichiro Suzuki – 6.4
Jose Reyes – 6.4
Curtis Granderson – 6.6
Albert Pujoles – 7.2
Hanley Ramirez – 6.6
Kenny Loften – 6.19 ( Was asked personally)
Eric Davis – 6.4
Robinson Cano – 6.6
Matt Kemp – 6.6
Andrew Jones – 6.6
Vernon Wells – 6.8
Alex Rios – 6.7
Dustin Pedrioa – 7.1
Sarlin Castro – 6.8
Sammy Sosa – 6.6
Ken Griffey – 6.6
Mark Trumbo – 7.0
Otis Nixon – 6.3
Brian Hunter – 6.4
Rickey Henderson – 6.4
Manny Ramirez – 6.7
Do some of these 60 yard dash times look intimidating? Well here is something you NEED to understand! A handful of these players weren’t necessarily born fast. They had to bust their butts every single day to increase their overall baseball running speed.
It didn’t come over night, and it most definitely come after assuming that speed and quickness comes on it’s own accord! It came from having a plan and executing it and that takes dedication patience and a little bit of CRAZINESS while everyone tells you that , “there is no point in working on your speed….you’re either born with it or not!”
There is no reason why you can’t increase your baseball speed in your overall 60 yard dash!
Yes I’m talking to you! The one who needs to shave off another 3 tenths of a second of his 60 yard dash!
The questions is……..what are you willing to sacrifice to make this happen?