Elite recruits at third base must possess a mixture of skills both defensively and offensively. Important factors on a defensive basis are arm strength and footwork. While top third basemen do not have to be particularly fast, they do have to show the ability to move side to side quickly in order to cover a lot of ground at third base. Being able to field the ball and also being able to throw the ball at a high velocity can give the recruit a chance to play at an elite level. From an offensive standpoint, third basemen must show the ability to hit for power and average. Top third base recruits are often times looked at as power hitters in the middle of the lineup.
3B recruits for these programs must be polished in at least one phase of the game and possess the potential to develop in all other areas. 3B at this level must swing the bat and field their position adequately in high school in order to play at this level in college. 3B at this level must also be able to run adequately, anywhere below a 7.5 60 time will suffice.
Third basemen at this level will possess some qualities, but not all of high level athletes at this position. Regardless, this is a position requiring a mix of defensive and offensive talents.
Lower level third base recruits should still have a strong arm and be able to hit for power, but may only flash these abilities versus do it consistently. The same goes for quick reflexes in the field.