07/08/2019 - Baseball Factory Cleveland All Star Experience (Ages 14-18)
Niko continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities. Foot speed has really improved as he ran his best 60 time to date. In the OF, defensive abilities has improved as he displays smooth actions. He takes a quick first step and moves lightly on the balls of his feet. He takes proper routes / angles but needs to work to get behind to play through with momentum to his target. Range is a plus as reads balls well off the bat and covers a lot of ground. 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 loose and work through a level swing path. He stays inside the ball, utilizing all fields through a line drive approach. Power will increase as he utilizes his lower half more efficiently. Mental makeup is a plus as he has a great personality, is very coachable and works hard to be the best player he can be.
08/02/2018 - Baseball Factory Pro Select Training at Historic Dodgertown (Ages 12-14)
Niko continues shine on the diamond. In the OF, he displays smooth / fluid actions. He utilizes his feet in taking proper routes / angles in working to get behind balls. He shows good game awareness and does a nice job of backing up bases. Range will increase as he improves foot quickness. Throws will increase as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program. At the plate, he shows a tall setup. Hands are quick and work through a level swing path. He makes consistent contact through a line drive approach with power showing best to the pull side. Power will increase as he utilizes his lower half more efficiently. Mental makeup is a plus as he has a positive attitude, works hard, and is very coachable.
07/05/2018 - California Select Training & Competition - Session 1 (Ages 12-14)
Niko is an athletic and hard working 2022 OF prospect. In the OF, Niko has an active prep step and reads the ball off the bat well. He's aggressive on ground balls and works behind fly balls. He creates momentum in his lower half when throwing and makes accurate throws to the bases. At the plate, Niko starts in a tall stance, loads his hands back into the launch position, and uses his lower half. He stays flat to the ball and creates whip in the barrel. Continuing to attack the inside part of the ball and keeping his head down at contact will allow him to extend thru the ball more consistently. Niko made several adjustments throughout the week and we hope to see his progress continue into the future.
02/25/2018 - Interactive Video Program - Santa Barbara, CA
Niko is a young OF with a thin, athletic frame. Defensively, Niko is light on his feet, he works to get behind the ball, and fields in an athletic position. He has a good glove angle, makes plays consistently, and throws from a clean exchange with momentum and consistency to his target. At the plate, Niko has a tall set-up, a short stride, and good balance. He loads well, swings on plane, and gets his lower body through. Niko can improve skills with work on the following.
1. Quicken actions
2. Long toss
3. Quicken feet
1. Barrel accuracy