The easiest way to increase your player profile and predictability is to run a faster 60 yard dash.
So why do so many players take this aspect of skill-sets for granted?
For some it’s because they don’t think they can get faster. They sell themselves short.
For others they think they’re already fast enough. In many ways they’re both wrong.
Here are the facts. With the correct information and the right strategy, running a faster 60 yard dash is completely within someones power to accomplish. It really isn’t as hard as you think.
What I like telling the players that I work with is that the first step to having a faster 60 yard dash time is first getting crystal clear as to what you personal 60 yard dash goal is. What do you want your 60 time to be at the end of your high-school or college baseball career?
Get specific. Specific goals will get you specific results.
Broad goals will get you broad results.
If you wan’t to run a faster 60, get a specific goal.
If you’ve read this far, then I’d like to hear what your goal is. In the comment box down below, share with me you personal 60 yard dash goal and what you would be willing to do to achieve it.]]>
Here is why the 60 yard dash is so important.
It’s the first things you do at a baseball showcase.
You run the 60 yard dash before your hit, field or even throw a baseball.
Why. Because it’s baseball’s traditional way of accessing talent. Here is where it get’s interesting. It’s flawed.
The 60 yard dash not only does a poor job of accessing athletic ability that translates to sports specific movements in baseball, but there are loop-holes within the sprint that a smart baseball player could exploit and leverage to run a faster 60 yard dash without necessarily working on his explosive speed, strength, quickness or running mechanics.
Here is the “Even Better” news.
Nothing is going to change.
High-school baseball players who aspire to play at the next level will always have to run the 60 yard dash to showcase their abilities.
It’s just the way it is, which is great because with the right information and without he right strategy, not only will you be able to position yourself as valuable future prospect but you’ll be positing yourself as a ballplayer that is able to play at the next level based on a faster than usual 60 yard dash time.
Take it from me. I attribute a large part of my college baseball recruiting success with to my 60 yard dash time.
I ran a 6.7 in high-school and by the time I was a JR in college, I was down to a 6.4.
Did I become a faster runner? Yes, but probably only by one or two tenths of a second. The other one to two tenths which is a lot by the way, came from knowing how to exploit certain loop-holes within the 60 yard dash at a showcase.
I had a plan….
and so should you.
The question is. I fast do you wan’t to run your 60?
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
They hear stories of a Jose Reyes 60 yard dash time and assume that this kind of skill set will eventually come in time without doing the work required to get the results you would like in baseball.
When a players is trying to decide what areas of opportunities there are in regards to increasing their value in the eyes of a professional and or college baseball recruiter, one of the first things I tell them is to ,” work on speed!!!!”
Speed immediately increases a player’s value simply because a fast 60 yard dash time indicates athleticism.
The good thing is, there are a handful of things that a baseball player looking to increase his overall baseball running speed. The trick is to take daily action, understand basic and correct sprinting technique and mechanics, and continue training until you begin to see increases in your speed.
Easy enough right?
Well the bad thing is, these increases in speed take time. For some players, a lot of it. It will take a certainly level of patience to continue with your training if you don’t see results soon enough. A lot of baseball players fall short of becoming faster because the quit just before they were getting ready to break through that threshold.
DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!!!
If you want to become a faster baseball player, then choose today that you will increase your 60 yard dash, and you won’t quite until you become a player fast enough to get the attention of baseball scouts and college recruiters!
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?