07/28/2023 - Baseball Factory National World Series at JRTC (HS)
Niko continues to shine in his baseball abilities on the diamond. At 3B, he shows smooth / fluid actions. Feet are active and displays proper footwork in squaring balls up. Hands are clean but needs to present earlier and more out front. Range will increase as he improves foot quickness. Throws are accurate with carry (86 mph velocity) across the diamond. At the plate, he shows a squared setup. Hands are quick (81 mph velocity) 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 75-81 mph with arm side run. Breaking ball displays 11/5 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.
05/28/2023 - National Showcase - York, PA
Niko continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities. He did show on the mound for the first time at the event. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date. At 3B, defensive abilities are solid as he shows smooth / fluid actions. He displays proper footwork and squares balls up. Hands are firm and presents out front. Range will increase as he continues to improve foot quickness. At the plate, hitting potential has improved through a tall setup. Hands are quick and work through an aggressive 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 range of 81-82 mph with arm side run. Breaking ball displays 10/4 shape with gradual action. He maintains arm speed on his changeup with sinking action. Stock on the mound will continue to rise as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program.
09/25/2022 - Official College Recruiting Membership - York, PA
Niko showed noticeable improvements across the board in his latest workout. Arm strength and exit velocity both increased 10+ mph. He showed more fluidity and a stronger arm defensively. Hitting mechanics and power improved as well as he shows a simple and repeatable swing.
08/02/2021 - Official Player Development Membership - York, PA
Niko is a 3B who will graduate in 2025. Medium frame lean build with some strength present and room to add. In the field, he showed efficient feet and ability to field through the baseball. Good crossover steps enable him to move well laterally. Fields from an athletic/low fielding position and fields the ball out in front with soft hands. Clean exchange, with a loose arm, and he throws from a 3/4 arm slot. Accurate/on-line throws, with good momentum to target, and an arm velocity up to 70mph across the diamond. At the plate, this right-handed hitter hits from an athletic and square stance. Hits into a firm front side, with intent in swing, and ability to square up the baseball. Made contact to the pull side with a bat exit velocity of 67mph during BP. With 4 more years to develop, Niko has the time and potential to further build upon his skills on the field.