10/17/2015 - Hitting Accelerated Training Weekend (Ages 12-14)
At the Hitting Accelerated Training Weekend event, Nicholas continued to show a strong work ethic and an enthusiasm for learning the game of baseball that will benefit him in the years to come. At the plate, Nicholas started from a balanced and square stance and took a soft and square stride with his front foot; Nicholas should also develop an activation of the hands by pushing the hands slightly up and back while the stride is taking place to create separation. Nicholas will benefit from allowing the ball to travel deeper into the proper hitting zone - this will allow him to avoid reaching for the baseball and will also allow him to develop a shorter, more compact swing. As Nicholas continues to develop, his positive attitude and willingness to adjust will be the key for his future success at the plate.
09/26/2015 - Pitching & Catching Accelerated Training Weekend (Ages 12-14)
Nicholas is a hard-working, young, right-handed pitcher with years to develop. Nicholas should look to come to a more gathered balance position and drive his knee up higher as he begins his motion. His hands separate on time in his delivery and should work on developing a longer, looser, and more fluid arm circle to create a more consistent power position as he prepares to rotate toward the plate. In addition to the arm circle, the glove side lead should be stronger and higher which will allow him to tuck the front side and extend through his release point toward his target as opposed to cutting off that release early. Nicholas's landing foot does come down square to the target and he should look to extend further by finishing with his chest over his front knee and land in a more athletic position to be ready to field his position. Nicholas will continue to improve as he shows a quality work ethic and determination to improve.
09/12/2015 - Infield Accelerated Training Weekend (Ages 12-14)
On the infield, Nicholas showed the ability to make the routine play consistently. His pre-pitch preparation is good as he starts from an athletic position and is ready to move. Nicholas showed soft hands on ground balls and will benefit from presenting his glove further out in front of his body and bending the knees more to get into a more athletic and lower fielding position. Nicholas will also improve by working to play through the ball and keep his momentum working toward his target on throws, as opposed to stopping and starting his actions. Range will be improved through continued hard work on agility drills and working to stay more on the balls of the feet throughout the fielding process. Nicholas's arm-stroke is a bit restricted currently and creating more separation and keeping the fingers on top of the baseball will increase his velocity and accuracy through work on a long-toss program. Nicholas is a hard worker who will continue to develop his game over the coming years with great work ethic.
08/16/2015 - Interactive Video Program - Lebanon (Nashville), TN
Nicholas is a young (2023 grad) 2-way player as a 1B/RHP (5'8"/240). With the bat, this RHH shows a a square setup with patience. He takes an aggressive hack and looks to drive the ball. At 1B, Nicholas works hard and hustles into a square fielding position. He tracks the GB into his mitt and secures it, making the plays. On the mound, this RHP throws his FB from a 3/4 arm slot. He works to a controlled balance point, maintains good tempo and keeps his eyes on the target. FB ranges from 44-46 mph. Overall abilities in his game will improve as he continues to work on the following.
3. Swing path
1. Footwork on approach to GB
2. Lower fielding position
3. Present glove out in front
1. Arm strength (long toss)