Austin Nikolas
Austin Nikolas
Austin Nikolas

CLASS OF 2018

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SS

Austin
Nikolas

North Dakota State
St. Cloud Tech (HS) • MN
6-0 • 165LBS • R/R
Travel Team: Acceleration Baseball
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6/20/17- 5-foot-11, 170-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. On mound; smaller compact frame with quick twitch actions. Good balance, rhythm, and tempo to delivery. Live arm producing 85-86 mph fastball with late running action. Slider is 75-77 mph, with 10-4 shape, and above avg. depth. Commands changeup at 75-76 mph with solid fade for strikes. 6.93 runner. Tall stance, drops into lower slot, line drive swing plane, hard line drive contact when stays through zone, 93 mph exit velocity. Athletic in field, tends to field deep in stance, winds up to throw, accurate to bag, 84 mph arm across infield.

3/20/17- 6-foot, 165-pound right handed hitting 2-way player. #11 ranked player in MN 2018 class. Long arm swing delivers out of a true ¾ slot. Arm shows quickness and the ball jumps out of his hand. Good flow to the delivery. Fastball sat 85-86 mph with above avg. arm-side run. Slider backs up occasionally, but it could end up being a good pitch for him as he finds more touch with it. When he did show feel for it, it swept across the plate with tight spin at 74-75, and was easily a swing and miss pitch. Changeup worked with sink for strikes at 73-74 mph. 7.12 runner. Front heel turn triggers swing with pre-set hand and body load, flat bat plane, line drive contact, aggressive swinger, mid/pull approach, 85 mph exit velocity. Athletic at position with raw actions, sure hands, glove is occasionally stiff, makes plays, accurate arm, sinking action on throws from low3/4 slot, 84 mph arm strength across infield.

10/24/16- 6-foot, 165-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. On mound; controlled delivery with good tempo, explodes down mound, very quick arm from ¾ slot, some effort on release, with above avg. action on pitches. Fastball was 86-87 mph with late run and cut action. Breaking ball is above avg., cutter action, with extremely tight spin and short break. Changeup is thrown with fastball arm speed with solid feel for zone. 6.99 runner. Slightly open stance, drops hands in swing, uphill plane, barrel exits zone early, solid contact with pull approach, 81 mph exit velocity. Athletic raw actions in field, covers ground, glove works, above avg. carry to bag, tends to throw flat-footed across, 79 mph arm across infield. Currently un-ranked; Nikolas will make huge jump up rankings once they are updated.

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