PW Rating scale
About the PW Player Rating System
Prospect Wire has developed a simple, yet useful way of grading prospects to give baseball people a quick snapshot of the player. Unlike other major sports, baseball is unique because players can be drafted for professional baseball out of high school. With that in mind, the PW Rating is a 2-number system: the first number represents an overall rating, and the second number represents a draft rating (where applicable). It should be noted that the vast majority of players in high school will not show up on the draft rating scale, and that number will typically be replaced by an "NP". It is also important to note that the majority of players will not receive a rating in their draft category until their junior or senior years.
*Ratings are ongoing and are always subject to change until the player graduates from school.
||Five-star players are potential Top-10 round draft picks after their senior year of high school and likely immediate impact and cornerstone players at a perennial Division I Top-40 program. They often blend high levels of both projectability and present day skills.
||A four-star player has the potential to be drafted in the top-25 rounds after his senior year of high school and projects to be an above-average player at the high Division I level. Usually these players are advanced hitters or pitchers with outstanding secondary stuff who also possess enough tools to be considered a legitimate draft prospect out of high school.
||Three-star players are characterized by high levels of playability and polish that should allow them to compete well at the high Division I level. They typically either don't get drafted out of high school or are taken in the later rounds (26-50) because they may lack one or more characteristics coveted by scouts (size, speed, velocity, etc.).
||A two-star player has the potential to be an impact player at a low to mid Division I school and may even draw some interest from larger schools. Most are skilled present-day players lacking professional tools and thus are unlikely drafts out of high school. This group also includes the player with one current "plus" pro tool that may generate high school draft attention but doesn't have the present overall playability to immediately be a significant contributor at a high D1 level.
||A one-star player has the potential to be an impact player at the JUCO, D2, D3 or NAIA levels and may even draw some interest from the low to mid D1 level. There's at least one aspect of their game that simply says "this kid could definitely play somewhere at the next level."
||A non-ranked player is an above-average high school player who has the possibility of competing on the collegiate level (below D1) This type of player must often be very proactive in contacting college coaches in order to extend their baseball career into college.
||Prospect Wire has not seen the player enough to establish a ranking
||PW will typically be conservative in their ratings of younger players (such as freshmen and sophomores in high school) and will not over-rate them at a young age.