Top corner outfield recruits are usually outstanding hitters. Some elite corner outfield recruits will hit for power, others will hit for average and steal a lot of bases. Qualities in a hitter’s swing that coaches at these levels will look for are: bat speed, a short, compact stroke, and balance with the ability to hit all kinds of pitches. The ability to hit the ball to all fields is also important for a top hitter. At these types of schools if a corner outfielder does not hit for power, then he must hit for a high average and run very well.
At these levels corner outfielders must excel in at least one phase of the game, whether it be hitting for power, hitting for average, or fielding his position at a high level. Most coaches at these schools will look for a corner outfielder that hits well, but may need to improve defensively.
Corner outfielders at this level will posses one or two of the qualities of higher level corner outfielders. Power hitting corner outfielders may not have speed. Speed corner outfielders may lack a strong arm. The qualities are important parts to the baseball program and can have big impacts on the team.
Lower level corner outfielders may hit for power but not consistently. They may hit for a high average and have good speed, but not have the experience at these positions or against good competition.