Lacking speed is usually going to be an issue unless you are able to hit 450 foot bombs and we park you over at first base or if you throw seeds at 95 plus we can put you on the bump.
Or, If you are a home run lefty hitting catcher with excellent defensive skills and a 90 plus arm, then speed is not very important and can be overlooked.
But for everyone else, speed is a big issue.
Position fielders that run a slow or average 60 yard dash at showcases are pretty much eliminated before they take their first ground ball or swing. Sad but true.
All middle infielders and outfielders need to be able to run fast. If you are a middle infielder or outfielder and running a 7.0 plus 60, there is no place for you at the next level.
Hardly a tryout or showcase event starts out without doing a timed 60 yard dash because it is so important in the evaluation process. Usually it is the first event at every tryout or legit showcase.
If a college coach is looking for a player he knows exactly what he does or does not want. If you run a 7.2 60, 99.9% of the time your name will be crossed off his list of prospects.
What is amazing is the amount of time players will spend in the batting cage preparing to hit at a tryout, but not be ready for the very first event which could eliminate them from contention.
If your 60 time is not on a par for your peer group at the next level you will be overlooked. Inadequate speed simply can not be overlooked for 6 of the 8 fielding positions.
For HS and college aged players, running a sub 7.0 60 is a first step. If your time is 7.0 or above, you will not be held in high regard and quite possibly you will be eliminated from consideration.
Genetics play the biggest role in determining how fast a player can be.
After that, its technique, science and lots of training.
When we are training a player to run faster there are a number of dynamics that need to be assessed and developed.