01/08/2023 - National Showcase - San Bernardino, CA Nickolas is a, strong, athletic C/RHP who is a top prospect on the diamond. Behind the dish, he presents a soft/sure mitt showing great pocket awareness sticking pitches. He uses his body through the blocking process, centering balls well out front. Receiving / blocking skills show as outstanding tools that will play well at the next level. Pop times showed in 1.81 range with accuracy / carry (90 mph velocity) on his throws. At the plate, he continues to shine through an open setup. Hands are quick and work through an aggressive swing path. He stays inside the ball, utilizing all fields with gap-to-gap pop. Lower half works well through the swing with an aggressive hip turn. On the mound, fastball showed a range of 78-79 mph with arm side run. Breaking ball displays 11/5 shape with gradual break. Slider shows tight spin and short sharp break. Stock on the mound will continue to rise as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program. Nickolas has a high skill set and will get looks from the collegiate coaches as he continues to progress his game.