03/11/2012 - College PREP - Greensboro, NC Nicholas is a tall, lanky RHP/OF with a frame well suited for the mound. Currently, he projects best in the OF for the next level. Feet are quick / active as he takes proper routes / angles in tracking down balls. He needs to work on getting behind balls more, staying low to improve defensive grades. Throws display life, carry, and accuracy on his throws but needs to work on gaining ground while getting rid of the ball quicker. At the plate, Hastings shows an athletic setup with hands working through a level swing path. Hands are quick, flashing bat speed as he shows a solid feel for the barrel with the baseball jumping off his bat when centered. He needs to work on keeping hands inside the ball to utilize all fields and improve hitting grades. On the mound, fastball shows a range of 75-77 mph. Changeup is best off-speed pitch, showing a solid feel for with sinking action. Breaking ball displays 11/5 shape with slight break. Control is a plus as he throws strikes with all his pitches. Stock on the mound will continue to rise as more arm strength is developed.