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Jan 10, 2004 - Jan 11, 2004   Red
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Terry Park - Ft. Myers, FL
Jonathan Nicolla
OF 1B 6-2 210   R/R

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7.47
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Nicolla was one of the top power hitters at the World Showcase. He’s really tightened up his body since we first saw him during the summer and now carries a very solid 210 lbs on his broad shouldered 6-2 frame. Nicolla has a calm, tall stance at the plate and takes a full aggressive swing. He showed us the ability to both turn on the ball and to hit it a long, long way to the opposite field. Some of his moon shots to center and right center during batting practice almost brought rain. Nicolla’s at bat against hard throwing Josh Copeland was an eye opener, as Nicolla was able take an aggressive hack on Copeland’s 2-strike 93 mph on the outer half and drive it 325 ft on a line to right field. Plenty of big leaguers would take a slow walk back to the dugout after that kind of pitch. Nicolla’s arm strength and speed right now are playable for left field at any level but there’s certainly a good chance he’ll end up at first base at some point. Nicolla is a very good student who will be scary with a metal bat at the college level if the pros don’t get him first.
PG Grade 9.0




Oct 24, 2003 - Oct 27, 2003   PG Northeast Red
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Roger Dean Complex - Jupiter, FL
Jonathan Nicolla
OF 1B 6-2 210   R/R

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Aug 15, 2003 - Aug 17, 2003   Royal
  13

Clem Spillane Field - Wareham, MA
Jonathan Nicolla
OF 1B 6-2 215   R/R

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Jan 03, 2003 - Jan 05, 2003   
  

Terry Park - Ft. Myers, FL
Jonathan Nicolla
OF 1B 6-2 210   R/R

FB
60
7.43
40
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IF
80
1B
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Big strong "04" 1B with excellent raw power. Plus bat speed, quick hands, with a little loft to his swing. Good arm and good glove, even runs OK. Definitely a high level prospect. Will go as far as the bat takes him. Could be a long ways!
PG Grade 8.5




Nov 23, 2002 - Nov 24, 2002   
  

The SportZone - Indianapolis, IN
Jonathan Nicolla
OF 1B 6-2 210   R/R

FB
60
7.44
40
OF
84
IF
80
1B
C
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Nicolla is a strong First baseman from New York with some Major League ability in his bat. He is a High School Junior with a solid body and a tough mentality that he brings to his game. He lists as a primary 1B and secondary position outfielder. He looked good at both positions and might even end up as an outfielder at the next level. At 1B he showed a good glove, good footwork around the bag and nice hands on ground balls. He can make a balanced stretch and makes the scoops look routine. He showed 80 mph arm strength throwing across the diamond from 1B to 3B and 84 mph velocity on his throw from the outfield to home plate. Nicolla is also a decent runner for a 1B/OF player with his kind of power. He ran a 7.4 in the 60 and much of that was top end. If he learned to get a better jump he would run an even better time. The bat is Nicolla's best tool. He uses his body's strength to generate a lot of power from his hips, torso and arms. He showed plus Major League bat-speed and plus power initially using aluminum as the balls jumped off the barrel at light speed. We gave him a wood bat for his next several rounds of hitting and were equally impressed to see average Major League bat-speed and little loss of power with wood. He can really rip the cover off the ball. He uses an upright stance with a counter-rotated loading posture. It looks a little stiff and his tendency was to get slightly top hand dominant before he got out in front of the plate but he had no problem controlling the barrel of the bat and hitting down on the ball creating hard hard line drives with good back spin. At higher levels of pitching there might be an adjustment to make on the outer half but in the drills in Indy he showed an effort to use the middle of the field more. He is just flat out dangerous on the inside fastball. He cheats the pivot on his back foot which helps him explode his hips to generate all that power and when he gets a hold of the ball it is quite an impact. We fully expect that he will get lots of division 1 interest and will generate pro scouting interest shortly after the draft this summer. Keep an eye on this bat. We plan on seeing him again.