01/14/2022 - 2022 Baseball Factory Pre-Season All-America Tournament (FL)
Niko is a 3B/RHP prospect out of Miramar, FL who will graduate in 2024. Medium frame, with good lower half, athletic build and a projectable frame with room to fill throughout moving forward. At 3B, takes good glove side angles and ability to pick out hops. Low funnel and clean exchange into a high 3/4 arm slot. Accurate/on-line throws across the diamond at 84mph. Right-handed pitcher who gets to good balance point and works downhill. Separates on time as he throws from a 3/4 arm slot with good arm action. Throws a FB that topped out at 81mph. A right-handed hitter, he begins with an open stance. Balanced setup who gets some load to start his swing and some late bat whip. Showed ability to spray line drives to all fields with a recorded bat exit velocity of 87mph. With 2 years of continued growth and development, we foresee him having a bright future on the baseball field.
02/28/2021 - National Evaluation and Tryout - Davie, FL
Niko continues to show as a prospect on the diamond with improvements in his baseball abilities. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date. At the plate is where he has improved the most, now displaying well above average hitting abilities with outstanding power potential through an open setup. Hands are quick (84 mph exit velocity) and work through an aggressive swing path. He has strength in his swing and shows a feel for the barrel with power showing best to the pull side. At 3B, defensive abilities are solid as he displays smooth/fluid actions. Feet are active as he attacks balls and plays through well with his body. Glove action is clean and presents well out front. He moves well laterally with range improving as he continues to improve foot quickness. On the mound, fastball shows a range of 69-72 mph with sinking action. Breaking ball displays 11/5 shape with gradual break. He maintains arm speed on his changeup with sinking action.
01/30/2021 - Official College Recruiting Membership - Pompano Beach, FL
Niko is a talented/projectable (3B/RHP) who continues to progress and show well on the diamond. At 3B, he has quick/active prep and works fluidly right to left to the GB. Hands are presented as he funnels smoothly to a clean transfer to throw. With the bat, this righty shows a tall/open stance with rhythm to load. He fires the barrel and engages his lower 1/2 well, connecting with pop. On the mound, Niko works to a controlled balance point, has smooth separation and drives downhill, in-line toward the dish. FB ranges from 72-74 mph with good tail. Breaking ball shows to be his best off-speed pitch with 11/5 shape. He pounds the zone with strikes and will challenge hitters. Niko has a ton of upside and will make an impact in this only his freshman season. He has a very bright future ahead in the game.
01/17/2020 - Baseball Factory's Spring Training Tournament at Pirate City (Ages 14-18)
Niko is an athletic and strong 2-way prospect. In the OF, Niko reads the ball off the bat and puts himself in a good position to field the ball. He has a clean exchange and makes accurate throws. At the plate, Niko starts in an open stance, he loads his hands back, and has fluid rhythm in his load. He rotates his backside and looks to drive the ball to the pull side. On the bump, Niko throws strikes with his fastball and uses his breaking ball ahead in counts. He gathers over the rubber and has a simple delivery. He has tremendous upside and we hope to see his progress in the future.
11/10/2019 - Interactive Video Program - Davie, FL
Niko is a SS/OF prospect who will graduate in 2023. In the field, Niko makes the routine plays and keeps his throws accurate to his target. At the plate, this RHH sets up in a tall stance and takes a square stride. He gets into his load well and hits against a strong front side, leading to solid contact to all fields. Overall abilities can improve with work on the following.
2. Lateral range
3. More athletic fielding position
1. More controlled rhythm
2. Center balance
3. Level swing path