10/14/2012 - College PREP - Baltimore, MD
Nick is an athletic catcher who will graduate in 2013. Behind the plate, Nick has soft hands, he sits in low, and he has good flexion. He has active feet, a quick release, and he delivers the ball with accuracy to his target. If Nick can gain more ground and add arm strength, abilities behind the plate will improve. Offensively, Nick has an open stance, good balance, and good barrel accuracy. He has fast bat speed, he makes square contact, and he gets his lower 1/2 through. A looser grip and more rhythm can help hitting get better.
06/22/2012 - Omaha National World Series - Session 2
Hallmark showed similar abilities as we had previously seen in Ashburn, VA. Pop times were in the 2.20 range with accuracy on his throws through a quick release. Receiving / blocking skills show as quality tools that will play well at the next level. At the plate, Nick shows a balanced setup and loads well. His hands are quick, flashing bat speed through a level swing. Barrel accuracy is a plus, mainly to the pull side as he needs to work to keep his hands inside the ball to utilize all fields and improve hitting grades. Mental makeup is a plus as he as a positive attitude and plays the game hard.
04/29/2012 - College PREP - Ashburn (DC), VA
Nick is a solid, athletic catcher that will graduate in 2013. Feet are quick; gains ground, and work in line to his target as he gets rid of the ball quickly. Pop times show a range of 2.14-2.24 with accuracy on his throws. Times will continue to drop as more arm strength is developed. Receiving / blocking skills show potential as being quality tools that will play well at the next level as he continues to improve and develop. At the plate, Hallmark shows a solid setup with rhythm. Hands are quick, flashing bat speed through a level swing path. He shows a feel for the barrel with the baseball jumping off his bat when centered. Power numbers will continue to improve as he increases bat speed and learns to use his lower half more. Nick has abilities with a lot of room to improve.