Nathan Hickey Greenville Drive Catcher

       
 
Age: 23
Born: November 23, 1999
Birthplace: Jacksonville, FL
Height: 6-0
Weight: 210
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 5th round, 2021 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: Florida
High School: Providence (FL)
ETA: 2025

Photo © Bryan Green
Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: August 1, 2021 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Dante Ricciardi
Signing Bonus: $1,000,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2024
MLFA Eligible: November 2027
   
Pro Debut: August 12, 2021 (FCL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/23): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2023): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: @n_hickey05
Instagram: @nathanhickeyy

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Strong, sturdy frame. Thick lower half. Lost a significant amount of weight when he got to college.

Hit: Starts slightly open with feet a bit wider than shoulder-width, hands at his back shoulder. Toe tap timing device. Quick hands, uphill swing. Has shown the ability to turn on velocity. Solid approach. Patient, knows the strike zone and will take a walk. Able to recognize secondary offerings early and stay back and drive them. Swing-and-miss increases greatly against left-handed pitchers. Has trouble with good fastballs up in the zone. Potential fringe-average hit tool.

Power: Plus raw power. Has shown the ability to drive the ball, especially to the pull side, both in batting practice and games. Swing has leverage and really utilizes his whole body in his swing. Potential for average game power.

Run: Well below-average speed. Not a major part of his game.

Field: Primarily a catcher in college, but also spent time at first and third base. Receiving ability is fringy and has trouble blocking balls in the dirt. Potential below-average defender if he can stick behind the plate. If not, likely ends up at first base or in left field.
  Arm: Average arm strength.

Career Notes: 2021 Newcomer All-SEC Team and 2021 SEC All-Tournament Team. Received a somewhat surprising over-slot bonus upon signing. Missed nearly all of the final month of the 2021 season due to a family issue. Participated in the Fall Performance Program in 2021. Participated in 2022 Winter Warm-Up. Got beat up a bit behind the plate in 2022, taking a couple of IL stints, including one for a concussion, and missing a week-or-so of games in a couple of other instances. Was set to participate in the 2022 Fall Performance Program that was cancelled due to Hurricane Ian.

Summation: Potential up-and-down reserve bat. Ceiling of a second-division regular. Likely has to stick at catcher to reach his ceiling, but has enough bat to potentially make the majors even if his defense does not come that much farther along. Advanced profile at the plate; likely to put up strong performance numbers in the low minors.

Links
Red Sox Select Nathan Hickey with the Fifth Round Pick (7.12.21)
 
   
     
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2020 Florida SEC NCAA --- 20 15 45 12 14 2 0 4 7 28 10 15 1 0 0.311 0.439 0.622 1.061
  2021 Florida SEC NCAA --- 21 59 221 40 70 15 2 9 50 116 42 39 1 1 0.317 0.434 0.525 0.959
  2021 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 21 8 20 4 5 2 0 0 1 7 6 8 0 0 0.250 0.429 0.350 0.779
  2021 Salem Red Sox A LAE Bos 21 3 8 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 2 0 0 0.125 0.333 0.125 0.458
2022 Salem Red Sox Car A Bos 22 41 140 31 38 12 0 7 39 71 39 39 0 1 0.271 0.429 0.507 0.936
  2022 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 22 34 115 19 29 6 0 9 23 62 24 39 0 0 0.252 0.397 0.539 0.936
2023 TBD --- --- Bos 23     stats                            
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  2021 Newcomer All-SEC Team
2021 SEC All-Tournament Team
2019 Third Team Senior Preseason All-America (Perfect Game)
2019 Florida Region All-High School Senior First Team (Perfect Game)
2019 Florida Times-Union All-First Coast team
  2022 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star  
   

   
     
 
 
 
     
 
Copyright © 2003-2023 SoxProspects, LLC
All Rights Reserved.
email: info@soxprospects.com
SoxProspects.com is not affiliated with the Boston Red Sox,
Worcester Red Sox, Portland Sea Dogs, Greenville Drive,
Salem Red Sox, or Major League Baseball.
.