Nathan Hickey Salem Red Sox Catcher

Age: 21
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 (1/21): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2021): 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 his hands high. Short leg lift and gets his foot down quickly. Quick hands, uphill swing. Has shown the ability to turn on velocity. Very patient, knows the strike zone. Has had trouble in the past with good fastballs up in the zone. Potential fringe-average hitter.

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

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. Unclear if he can stick behind the plate long-term. Receiving ability is rough and has trouble blocking balls in the dirt. Potential below-average defender.
  Arm: Above-average arm strength.

Career Notes: College teammate of Red Sox 2021 second-round pick Jud Fabian and high-school teammate of Reds 2019 third-round pick Tyler Callihan. 2021 Newcomer All-SEC Team and 2021 SEC All-Tournament Team.

Summation: Long-term value is tied up in his bat, but has the offensive upside to carry a below-average defensive profile. Value increases if he can stick behind the plate, but if he hits enough you can find a defensive spot for him if catching does not work out.

Note: This page will be updated with a complete scouting report after the scouting team has seen the player in person.

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 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2021 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 21     stats                            
  2021 Salem Red Sox A LAE Bos 21     stats                            
  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards 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

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