From standout 3B David Langer of Berkeley HS (2015)... "Thank you again for getting me into BAWS at late notice. I also appreciate your honest, yet also favorable, evaluation of me. The event was truly excellent and eye opening towards the type of competition there is to reach college baseball."
Most college coaches interested in the reports/ratings we provide are coaches at the D1 level. Because of that, the BC Rating is relative to D1 baseball. Additionally, I used to recruit/coach at that level (USF) and was also a full-time professional area scout (Braves).
From the perspective of D1 baseball scouting/evaluation/recruiting, here is what the ratings reflect (also note that with frosh/sophs there generally is some leniency due to youth & often times a lack of physical maturity as of yet):
5 = Gotta have him! Impact player/talent, going to take a competitive scholarship offer to get him and there will be heavy competition for this player. If he's an underclassman, we will have to offer him EARLY.
4 = Good player/talent now and we think he will keep improving and eventually develop into a contributing player at a D1 major D1 program. I can envision offering him prior to his senior year. Could pop at any time.
3 = This player has a couple of tools that project for D1 baseball or has a high level of skill/playability (though with less raw tools). There's a chance for bigger things down the road if he physically matures or the tools get more polished. He could be someone to sign in the late signing period or invite as a recruited walk-on.
2 = Solid baseball player but right now there isn't enough to actively recruit this player for the D1 level. He could go the JC route to continue his development if he aspires to reach the D1 level. He is certainly a player who can compete at a smaller division of four year college baseball (and there is certainly nothing wrong with that... going to school and playing ball!).
1 = Not enough for us to follow this player at this time
For pitchers an "impact player" is the starting pitcher on Friday or Saturday or the closer.
For position players, an impact player is starting at some point in his freshman year, hitting in a key spot in the line-up and playing a significant role offensively and defensively. He is a player we would expect to be drafted after his junior year after giving us 2-3 years of production.
The BC Rating reflects my evaluation of the player, in comparison to other high school players at a similar position in the same grad year, relative to the D1 level. Remember, the Division 1 level of baseball is a MUCH higher level than high school baseball.
If you are a player who is rated as a 2 or 1, that does not mean you are evaluated as a bad player, not at all. Keep working hard. Read up on Daniel Nava... you will know why I suggest that after you do. There are players evaluated as a 2 or a 1 who will develop/perform WELL BEYOND that rating and I hope all players exceed their evaluations/ratings.