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Blade Nelson

Blade Nelson LHP/1B

  • Hickman, NE
  • Norris (NE) High School
  • Travel Team: Hickman Legion Baseball
  • Grad 2026
  • Ht 6'0''
  • Wt 175 lbs
  • Throws Left
  • Bats Right
  • Arm 82 mph
  • 60 YD 7.90 Sec
  • Class

Running

  • 1.78 sec 10 Yds
  • 5.32 sec 40 Yds
  • 7.90 sec 60 Yds
  • 4.50 sec H > 1B (RHH)
  • 4.75 sec Shuttle (L)
  • 4.50 sec Shuttle (R)

Strength

  • 7'9'' Broad Jump
  • 99 psi Grip (L)
  • 108 psi Grip (R)

Throwing

  • 82 mph mph Velocity
  • 45 Arm Grade

Position - 1B

  • 50 Fielding Grade

Hitting

  • 42 Hitting Grade (R)
  • 42 Power Grade (R)
  • 79 mph mph Exit Velocity

Pitching

  • Low 3/4 Arm Angle
  • 42 Arm Action Grade
  • 45 Control Grade
  • 40 Delivery Grade
  • 69 – 72 mph FASTBALL
  • 40 FB Grade
  • 62 – 63 mph CURVEBALL
  • 42 CB Grade
  • 65 – 69 mph CHANGEUP
  • 40 CH Grade
  • N/A mph SLIDER
  • N/A SL Grade

Official Scouting Report

  • Class Rating
  • 1B/LHPPosition Projection

02/19/2024 - National Showcase - Omaha, NE Blade is a LHP/1B who will graduate in 2026. Shows good prep step and works around baseball. Good actions at first base and has a clean exchange. Creates momentum to his target and made consistent throws to all bases. At the plate he starts in a crouched and open stance. Takes an aggressive swing and has a middle of the field approach. During his round of BP, he hit balls to all fields with a bat exit velocity up to 79mph. On the mound he gets to a good balance point and has some deception to his delivery. He has a controlled landing and lands square to his target. He challenges hitters with a FB that sits 69-72mph with movement, a 1/7 shaped breaking that flashes good depth, and a developing changeup. Blade should improve in all areas of his game with continued growth and development.

10/18/2023 - Arizona Easton Fall Classic Blade continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities on the diamond at the Arizona Easton Fall Classic. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date. At 1B, he shows active footwork and presents his glove out front to field. Feet are active as he displays proper footwork around the bag and he is a quality receiver. Range will increase as he improves foot quickness. At the plate, he shows a crouched setup. He is smooth getting into his load and comes through the zone well with his lower half. He takes a direct swing to the ball which leads to hard contact. On the mound, arm strength has improved as he threw his top velocity to date at 72 mph. Fastball showed a range of 69-72 mph. Breaking ball displays 2/8 shape with gradual break. Stock on the mound will continue to increase as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program. 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.

07/28/2023 - Baseball Factory National World Series at JRTC (HS) Blade continues to shine with his baseball abilities on the diamond. At 1B, he shows smooth / fluid actions. Feet are active and displays proper footwork around the bag and he is a quality receiver. Hands are clean is clean but needs to present earlier and more out front. Range will increase as he improves foot quickness. At the plate, he shows a squared setup. Hands are quick 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. On the mound, fastball showed a range of 68-70 mph with arm side run. Breaking ball displays 2/8 shape with gradual break. He maintains arm speed on his changeup with sinking action. Control is solid as he attacks hitters and throws strikes with all his pitches. Stock on the mound will continue to rise as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program. Mental makeup is a plus as he is a great teammate and is very coachable on the field.

07/18/2023 - National Showcase - Sioux Falls, SD Blade showed at 1B for the first time at the event and continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities. At 1B, defensive abilities are outstanding as he displays clean / smooth actions. Feet are active as he displays proper footwork and is a quality receiver. Glove action is clean and presents out front. Range will increase as he improves foot quickness. Throws are accurate but will benefit by building more arm strength through a long toss program. At the plate, hitting / power potential has improved through a tall setup. Hands are quick 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.

07/09/2023 - Baseball Factory Seattle All Star Experience (Ages 14-18) Blade continues to shine in his baseball abilities on the diamond. In the OF, feet are active as he takes proper routes / angles in tracking down balls. He needs to work to get behind ball more and play through with momentum to his target. Range will increase as he continues to improve foot quickness. Throws are accurate but needs to build more arm strength through a long toss program. At the plate he shows a squared setup. Hands are quick and work through a level swing path. He stays inside the ball, utilizing all fields through a line drive approach. Lower half works well through the swing with an aggressive hip turn.

12/27/2022 - Baseball Factory Recruiting Classic Blade continues to show as a prospect on the diamond with his baseball abilities at the Recruiting Classic. In the OF, defensive abilities are solid as he displays smooth fluid actions. He takes proper routes / angles in tracking down balls. He works to get behind balls plays through with momentum to his target. Range will increase as he improves foot quickness. Throws are accurate with carry (82 mph velocity) to his target. At the plate, he shows an open setup. Hands are quick and work through a level swing path. He stays inside the ball, utilizing all fields, through a line drive approach. Lower half works well through the swing with an aggressive hip turn. On the mound, fastball shows a range of 65-67 mph. Breaking ball displays 2/8 shape with gradual break. He maintains are speed on his changeup with slight sink. Stock on the mound will continue to rise as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program. Mental makeup is a plus as he is very coachable and works hard to be the best player he can be.

11/06/2022 - All-In Membership - Omaha, NE Blade is a young and talented LHP/OF in the 2026 class. In the field, he has active feet and plays with aggressiveness. He squares his body to the baseball and his exchanges are clean. Has loose arm action and is consistent with his accuracy. Working to throw the top of the baseball will provide more depth on his throws. On the mound, he works with great tempo and gets down the mound. His FB topped at 68 and his CB sat 62-63. His CH sat 65-67 with sinking actions. At the plate, he uses the middle of the field well. He has a short stride and gets his backside through. Overall, Blade shows potential and has the starting points for a very promising career.

Profile

Blade Nelson Hickman, NE info@factoryathletics.com 800-641-4487 @baseballfactory
Primary Position LHP
Grad Year 2026 Secondary Position 1B
High School Norris (NE) High School Bats Right
Height 6'0'' Throws Left
Weight 175 LBS Arm 82 mph
60 YD 7.90

The chart below shows the levels of college baseball, along with the range of players with potential to be recruited at that level.

Division I Class 1 – 4
Division II Class 1 – 5
Division III Class 1 – 8
NAIA Class 1 – 6
JUCO Class 1 – 8

Tool Grade Scale

Our main goals with the BF "10-70" Scouting Scale are to provide the player with a realistic evaluation of his "PRESENT" abilities (what he can do today), and to provide college coaches with information they can use to identify and/or compare potential recruits.

Tools are graded for all players and pitchers, regardless of age or graduation year. However, for High School players we use only grades 20-70 (grades 10-18 do not apply), while for Middle School players we use only grades 10-52 (grades 55-70 do not apply).

Grade Middle School (Ages 11-13) Description High School (Ages 14-18) Description 10 Yard Dash (seconds) 40 Yard Dash (seconds) 60 Yard Dash (seconds) Home-1B LHH (seconds) Home-1B RHH (seconds) 5-10-5Shuttle [LEFT] (seconds) 5-10-5Shuttle [RIGHT] (seconds) Broad Jump (inches) Grip Strength [LEFT] (psi) Grip Strength [RIGHT] (psi) FB & Raw Velocity (mph) Bat Exit Velocity (mph) Catcher Release (seconds)
10 Poor -----N/A----- 2.50+ 7.50+ 10.50+ 6.70+ 6.80+ 6.80+ 6.80+ 35- 30- 30- 40- 30- 3.70+
12 Well Below Avg -----N/A----- 2.40 7.40 10.00 6.40 6.50 6.60 6.60 40 35 35 42 35 3.50
15   -----N/A----- 2.35 7.30 9.75 6.10 6.20 6.40 6.40 45 40 40 45 38 3.25
18 Below Avg -----N/A----- 2.30 7.20 9.50 6.00 6.10 6.20 6.20 50 45 45 48 40 3.15
20   Poor 2.25 7.00 9.25 5.90 6.00 6.00 6.00 55 50 50 51 45 3.10
22 Near Avg   2.15 6.50 9.00 5.80 5.90 5.85 5.85 60 55 55 54 50 3.00
25   Well Below Avg 2.10 6.25 8.75 5.70 5.80 5.75 5.75 64 60 60 58 55 2.90
28 MS Average   2.05 6.15 8.50 5.45 5.55 5.50 5.50 68 65 65 62 60 2.80
30   Below Avg 2.00 5.95 8.25 5.40 5.50 5.25 5.25 74 70 70 63 62 2.70
32 Solid Avg   1.95 5.80 8.00 5.20 5.30 5.10 5.10 78 80 80 67 65 2.60
35   Near Avg 1.90 5.65 7.75 4.90 5.00 5.00 5.00 82 90 90 71 70 2.50
38 Above Avg   1.88 5.45 7.50 4.80 4.90 4.95 4.95 86 100 100 75 75 2.40
40   HS Average 1.85 5.25 7.40 4.70 4.80 4.90 4.90 93 110 112 79 80 2.25
42 Well Above Avg   1.82 5.20 7.30 4.60 4.70 4.80 4.80 98 115 115 81 82 2.15
45   Solid Avg 1.80 5.18 7.20 4.50 4.60 4.70 4.70 103 118 118 83 84 2.10
48 Excellent   1.78 5.16 7.10 4.45 4.55 4.60 4.60 108 120 120 85 86 2.05
50   Above Avg 1.76 5.14 7.05 4.40 4.50 4.50 4.50 113 125 125 86 88 2.00
52 Outstanding   1.74 5.12 7.00 4.35 4.45 4.40 4.40 118 128 128 87 90 1.98
55 -----N/A----- Well Above Avg 1.72 5.10 6.95 4.30 4.40 4.30 4.30 123 130 130 88 92 1.95
58 -----N/A-----   1.70 5.05 6.90 4.25 4.35 4.25 4.25 128 135 135 89 94 1.93
60 -----N/A----- Excellent 1.68 5.00 6.85 4.20 4.30 4.20 4.20 133 138 138 90 95 1.90
62 -----N/A-----   1.66 4.95 6.80 4.15 4.25 4.15 4.15 138 140 140 91 96 1.88
65 -----N/A----- Outstanding 1.64 4.90 6.70 4.10 4.20 4.10 4.10 143 145 145 93 97 1.85
68 -----N/A-----   1.62 4.85 6.60 4.05 4.15 4.05 4.05 148 150 150 94 98 1.82
70 -----N/A----- Superior 1.60- 4.80- 6.50- 4.00- 4.10- 4.00- 4.00- 150+ 155+ 155+ 95+ 99+ 1.80-
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