12/29/2018 - National Tryout Plus - Indianapolis, IN
Nicholas is a 3B/RHP prospect who continues to showcase his skills on the field. At 3B, Nicholas shows a good prep step and makes the routine plays. He makes a clean exchange and works to make accurate throws to his target. Getting into a more athletic fielding position can help Nicholas improve defensively. At the plate, this RHH sets up in an atheltic stance and takes a square stride. He is smooth getting into his load and produces solid line drives. Nicholas can improve as a hitter by driving his lower half more. On the mound, Nicholas gathers over the rubber and separates his hands on time. He stays inline towards the plate and finishes with a controlled landing. Nicholas shows a three pitch mix with his fastball topping out at 70mph. Slider sits from 61-63mph. Curveball sits from 57-59mph. Loosening his arm action can help Nicholas improve as a pitcher. Overall, Nicholas is a developing prospect who has the potential to further progress his skills on the field.
11/08/2018 - Baseball Factory Select Training & Competition at Pirate City (Ages 14-18)
Nicholas is a lean, athletic 3B/RHP who will graduate in 2021. At 3B, he displays smooth / fluid actions. Feet are active / aggressive as he takes good first steps in attacking the baseball. Glove action is soft / clean but needs to present more out front. Range will increase as he improves foot quickness. Throws are accurate but needs to build more arm strength through a long toss program. At the plate he shows an open setup. Hands are quick and work through a compact swing path. He stays makes consistent contact through a line drive approach with power showing best to the pull side. On the mound, fastball shows a range of 67-69 mph with sinking action. Breaking ball displays 11/5 shape with gradual break. He throws a slider that resembles breaking ball. Control is solid as he attacks hitters and throws strikes with all his pitches. Stock on the mound will continue to improve as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program. Mental makeup is a plus as he is very coachable and plays the game hard. With 3 years to further develop, Nicholas has abilities with time and room to progress his game.