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New England Insider: Summer Showcase Breakout Performers

Dylan Hefflinger
PBR New England Editor In Chief/NW Scout


By: Dylan Hefflinger
PBR New England Editor in Chief/Scout

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New England Insider: Summer Showcase Breakout Performers

Since the conclusion of the High School seasons in the Northeast, we have been blessed with the chance to scout so many talented prospects throughout the region. There have been 20 showcases since June and we have seen a plethora of talented arms, bats, gloves and athletes.

Below we would like to highlight 24 of the breakout performers for the Summer of 2017.
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Nick McDonald RHP / OF / St Johns, MA / 2019

Events Attended: MA/NH Top Prospect Games, 2017 Future Games
Scouting Report:
6-foot-1, 195-pound right-hander who pitched 3 innings at the Futures. The outing was solid, although I have seen him throw better. The fastball is true, sat 84-85 mph. The spin pitch is a breaking ball, sat 68-71 mph with good depth to the pitch.  The changeup is work in progress but the fade and depth to it are appropriate. Pitches out of a plus 3/4 arm slot, the direction to the plate is appropriate with his feet. Does a good job of tracking the front shoulder and limits the pull of the glove side. At times, comes out of his delivery but for the most part stays with his arm. All 3 spins are correct and he throws strikes. Excellent arm from New England
Outlook: McDonald is a high level arm, probably a starter at the college level. The fastball and spin pitch will be enough, the changeup is going to have to continue to develop as he matures. The command of the ball is above average and he competes when he has the ball.

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