Niko Kavadas Salem Red Sox First Base

       
 
Age: 22
Born: October 27, 1998
Birthplace: South Bend, IN
Height: 6-1
Weight: 235
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 11th round, 2021 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: Notre Dame
High School: Penn (IN)
   

Photo © Bryan Green
Pronunciation: neeko kuh-vahd-us
First Pro Contract: August 1, 2021 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Alonzo Wright
Signing Bonus: $250,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2024
MLFA Eligible: November 2027
   
Pro Debut: August 10, 2021 (GCL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/21): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2021): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: @nikkavadas22
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  Physical Description: Thick, sturdy frame. Well built, strong. Minimal remaining projection.

Hit: Starts square with his hands high. Short leg kick timing device. Strength-based swing. Average bat speed. Produced excellent exit velocities in college. Advanced approach. Knows the strike zone and will take a walk. Has swing-and-miss in his game. How he controls swing-and-miss will go a long way to determining level to which his hit tool develops. Potential fringe-average hit tool.

Power: Plus-plus raw power. Natural loft in swing with high finish allows him to drive the ball with backspin. Hits the ball very hard. Potential plus game power.

Run: Poor speed. 20 runner. Station-to-station baserunner.

Field: Soft hands and good enough at scooping balls out of the dirt, but lacks range. Played third base his first two years in college. Fringe-average defensive profile at best.

Arm: Below-average arm.
  Career Notes: Acclaimed collegiate career at Notre Dame. 2021 First Team All-American for D1-Baseball, Perfect Game, Baseball America. 2021 First Team All-ACC and Dick Howser Award Semifinalist. Raw power and exit velocities were among the best in the 2021 Draft Class. Reportedly fell to 11th round of 2021 draft after turning down below-slot offers from teams on day two. Eventually signed with Red Sox for $125,000 above slot despite being a college senior.

Summation: Intriguing hitter with a power-over-hit profile right now. Value is solely tied up in bat. Will have to hit at all levels to overcome defense and speed deficiencies.

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


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    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
2018 Notre Dame ACC NCAA --- 19 47 137 25 41 5 0 5 20 61 18 24 2 1 0.299 0.409 0.445 0.854
  2019 Notre Dame ACC NCAA --- 20 54 201 33 55 13 0 12 43 104 33 55 2 1 0.274 0.390 0.517 0.907
  2020 Notre Dame ACC NCAA --- 21 13 55 12 14 2 0 7 17 37 8 11 0 0 0.255 0.333 0.673 1.006
  2021 Notre Dame ACC NCAA --- 22 46 154 41 47 8 0 21 62 118 50 53 2 0 0.305 0.488 0.766 1.254
   
     
    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 22     stats                            
  2021 Salem Red Sox LAE A Bos 22     stats                            
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week (May 7)
2020 Baseball America Preseason Third Team All-American
2020 Collegiate Baseball National Players of the Week (March 2)
2021 Baseball America First Team All-American
2021 ABCA Midwest All-Region Second Team
2021 Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist
2021 South Bend Regional Most Outstanding Player
2021 First Team All-ACC
2021 Dick Howser Award Semifinalist
2021 Baseball America Preseason Third Team All-American
2021 Perfect Game Preseason Second Team All-American
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