How Much Baseball Potential Do You Have?

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

Baseball stands out among team sports. In baseball, each position tends to attract athletes of a specific body type and emotional disposition. Like in golf, even athletes who appear large or out of shape can find a niche duty in baseball if they can master one of the critical skills of the sport.

Some players are what we call "five-tool" players, meaning they possess speed, power, hitting for average, fielding, and arm strength. A decent player who excels in just one of these areas can find themselves a home on a professional team, the rare five-tool player who masters them all will find themselves on the short list for Cooperstown. 

Self-analysis is difficult to do in any endeavor, let alone something as complex as baseball. Baseball players are analyzed by scouts, coaches, and in 2018, a host of computer software. High-speed photography allows pitchers to see how different grips affect rotational speeds. Hitters can microscopically adjust their hitting mechanics and box placement using motion capture technology. Outfielders can learn if they are consistently making the same mistakes when chasing fly balls in the outfield.

You don't need any such help though. Today, you'll be able to measure your potential as a player and find out where you belong on the pitch. Be honest though, so you don't wind up toiling in the wrong slot!

Are you good at taking orders?

Are you respected by your peers?

Are you quick to act?

How good of a hitter are you?

When you swing the bat, which way do you hit the ball?

What do you do when you get into a hitting slump?

What is your best quality as a hitter?

What kind of pitch do you have the most trouble with?

How would you describe your build?

How dexterous are you?

Are you good at estimating things?

How tall are you?

How sturdy are you?

Do you communicate well and easily?

How loud is your voice?

Are you comfortable as the center of attention?

Do you thrive on emotional highs?

How patient are you?

How flexible are you?

How coordinated are you?

Can you do two things at once?

Can you run one way while looking in another?

How's your stamina?

Do you mind a bit of danger?

Are you okay with taking regular physical punishment?

Do you mind getting a lot of blame when things go wrong?

Do you commit a lot of errors?

How consistent are your body mechanics?

How good are you at reading pitchers?

Would you make a good marquee player?

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