The typical elite center fielder is very, very fast. Elite recruits must also possess a strong arm. a Leadership traits are also important, because communication with other outfielders and middle infielders will be key. In terms of hitting, the top center fielder recruits are viewed more often than not as a top of the order type of hitter, with the occasional outlier being a center fielder that hits for power and fits in better in the middle of the lineup. The ability to get on base, steal bases, and score from first on extra base hits will be important for top recruits. Size is not as important for centerfielders, but a prototypical centerfield recruit at this level is generally between 5’9’’ and 6’2’’ while weighing between 175 and 210 pounds.
Recruits at these levels will be expected to field their position exceptionally well. Similar to a MIF, defense is almost always the first priority for a center fielder at this level. After defense, college coaches at the these levels will look for centerfielders that can swing the bat well and hit at the top or the bottom of the lineup. This caliber of center fielder usually excels in one area of the game and shows the potential to develop in other areas.
Speed, range, getting on-base, and stealing bases are all qualities center fielders at this level will possess. A power hitting center fielder is a bonus, but might sacrifice some speed aspects of the game. Coaches will look for center fielders who can cover ground and be a leader in the outfield.
Center fielders in this tier still need to have speed, be able to cover a lot of ground in the outfield, and get on base, but may just not be fast enough to play at a high level or be raw offensively. Arm strength may lack as well.