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Draft Focus: Nick Longhi

Draft : : Prospect Scouting Reports
David Rawnsley        
Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Every weekday leading up to the 2013 MLB Draft, Perfect Game will be providing a scouting profile on a notable draft-eligible prospect.  Stay tuned to Perfect Game and be sure to visit the Draft Page for all of the latest info and reports pertaining to the draft.

Nick Longhi Perfect Game profile

Position:  1B/OF/LHP
Height:  6-2
Weight:  208
Bats/Throws:  R-L
Birthdate:  Aug. 16, 1995
High School:  Venice Senior
City, State:  Venice, Fla.
Travel Team:  FTB Mizuno
Commitment: Louisiana State
Projected Draft Round:  2-3

We don’t bat an eye in baseball, so to speak, when we see a right-handed thrower step into the left handed hitter’s batter’s box to swing. In fact, it’s seen as a very positive thing for any player at any level. Approximately 70-percent of the pitchers in Major League Baseball are right-handed, and most hitters perform their best off pitchers who are throwing with their opposite hand due to the direction the pitcher’s breaking ball is moving.

The opposite, though, when a left-handed thrower hits right-handed, is extremely rare. According to one source, there have been only 57 bats right, throws left non-pitchers in Major League history. Surprisingly, there have probably been even fewer left-handed throwers who were switch-hitters.

The most accomplished R/L player of all-time is unquestionably Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson. Henderson has been quoted as saying the reason he hit right handed instead of left handed was, “All my friends were right-handed and swung from the right side, so that’s just the way I thought it was supposed to be done.” Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick is the most prominent active player who is a member of the R/L club.

That brings us to Florida high school first base/outfielder Nick Longhi, potentially the next big league hitter belonging in the exclusive R/L club.

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