Nick Northcut Salem Red Sox Third Base

Age: 22
Born: June 13, 1999
Birthplace: Mason, OH
Height: 6-1
Weight: 200
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 11th round, 2018 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: (Vanderbilt commit)
High School: Mason (OH)

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Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: June 15, 2018 (BOS)
Signing Scout: John Pyle
Signing Bonus: $565,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2022
MLFA Eligible: November 2024
Pro Debut: June 22, 2018 (GCL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/21): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2021): MiLB contract
Twitter: @_nicknorthcut_
Instagram: @_nicknorthcut_

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  Physical Description: Strong, sturdy frame. Thick lower half. Minimal remaining projection.

Hit: Starts open with his hands high and some pre-pitch movement. Leg lift timing device. Has previously used either a high leg kick or a toe tap, so likely still developing feel for preferred timing mechanism. Long, uppercut swing. Swing is on the stiff side. Fringe-average bat speed. Very rudimentary approach. Struggles recognizing secondary pitches, especially breaking balls. Will extend out of the zone and has a lot of swing-and-miss in his game. Potential well below-average hit tool.

Power: Plus raw power. More power to pull side at present. When he squares the ball up, it goes a long way. Power comes from a combination of strength and bat speed. Combination of poor approach and lack of contact skills make it unlikely power potential will actualize in-game.

Run: Well below-average speed.

Field: Hands and footwork are fringy at third base. Limited range and mobility, especially laterally. Still developing a consistent pre-pitch setup. Stiff when charging the ball. Likely will end up at first base, but if he can stick at third, projects as a below-average defender.
  Arm: Above-average arm strength. Struggles with accuracy when throwing on the run.

Career Notes: Rawlings First-Team All-American in high school. Top 50 prospect in the 2018 draft. Committed to Vanderbilt. Had a low-90s fastball and hard slider that made him a prospect on the mound as well. Signed for significantly over slot but less than some teams thought he would need to sign. Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Summation: Potential bat-first organizational player. Has a long way to go developmentally and needs to show significant improvement to succeed in the high minors. High-risk profile. Biggest strides need to be made at the plate, especially with his approach and bat-to-ball skills. Needs to learn to use all fields and improve pitch recognition. Will always have swing-and-miss in his game, but will need to keep it at a manageable level in order to tap into his raw power, which is his best tool. Bat profiles better at third base than at first base. Long-term defensive home will depend on how he develops physically and maintains his athleticism.

Spring Training Video of Nick Northcut (3.23.19)
Scouting Report Update (4.14.2020)
State of the System: Corner Infielders (4.22.20)
    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 Mason --- HS --- 19 31 --- 34 34 10 --- 3 24 --- --- --- 6 --- 0.374 0.512 --- ---
  2018 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 19 41 142 13 33 9 0 1 20 45 15 45 0 0 0.232 0.319 0.317 0.636
  2018 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 19 6 24 3 4 1 0 1 5 8 1 10 0 0 0.167 0.200 0.333 0.533
  2019 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 20 54 194 20 41 10 2 1 22 58 20 60 1 1 0.211 0.287 0.299 0.586
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 21 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
    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 Salem LAE A Bos 22     stats                            
  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards Awards  
  2018 Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year
2018 Perfect Game All-American

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