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Team Michigan Future Games Spotlight: Nate Jones, OF/RHP

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By Aaron Wilson
PBR Michigan Assistant Scouting Director

On July 30th through August 1st, PBR Michigan will take a select team of players in the Classes of 2017 and 2018 to represent Michigan at the PBR Future Games in Indianapolis at Grand Park.

Players receive exposure unlike any other event for underclassmen. Last year, 100+ colleges from all over the country were in attendance, including coaches from every Division I power conference in the country. Only players who have a legitimate shot at being a Division I recruit and who have an interest in the possibility of making a verbal commitment during their sophomore or junior seasons have been considered.

To view other Future Games Spotlight Articles, click below.
+ Cole Daniels, LHP/1B
+ Zavier Warren, SS/C
+ Nate Jones, OF/RHP
+ Obie Ricumstrict, MIF
+ John Malcom, LHP/1B
+ Brendel Lovell, RHP/OF
+ Spencer Schwellenbach, SS/RHP
+ Sean O'Keefe, RHP/C
+ Blake Dunn, C/RHP
+ Nolan Petroelje, RHP
+ Joey Zontini, 1B
+ Reese Trahey, OF/RHP
+ Jarrod Melle, RHP/1B
+ Shane Easter, OF/SS
+ Justin Campbell, LHP
+ Noah Bloye, OF
+ Luke McGuire, RHP/3B

Visit our scout blog, which includes velocity, pop times and in-depth scouting reports. The blog will be updated throughout the entire spring, with information on top prospects and top performances, click here.

Interested in attending a PBR Michigan event? Check out our schedule by clicking here.

Team Michigan Future Games Spotlight: Nate Jones, OF/RHP

Nate Jones HittingName: Nate Jones
Position: OF/RHP
Class: 2017
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 170 pounds
High School:  Battle Creek Lakeview
Summer Team:  Midwest A's 17U/18U & Maroons 16 U
State Rank: 7th in Michigan's 2017 Class

Past Showcase/In-Game Performances: 
Date: 3/8/15
Scouting Report: 6-foot-3, 165-pound prospect. Long, loose, athletic ¾ arm action with repeatable mechanics. Fastball with plus arm-side sink at 81-83 mph. Curveball with plus control and bite at 65-68 mph. Changeup with some sink at 76-78 mph. Plus actions in the outfield with footwork and glove. Threw 86 mph from the outfield. Ran a 4.21 home to first. Loose, athletic hands with plus bat speed from the left side of the plate. Bat speed registered at 89 mph.

Nate Jones PitchingNate Jones thoughts on being selected to play at the Future Games and represent the state of Michigan: "I truly feel blessed to have been chosen to play in the Futures Games this year. Being chosen and getting to play in this game is a very high honor, and also a high honor to represent the State of Michigan as an athlete. I am excited to play with the extremely talented and elite players of Michigan, and also get to play against other great baseball players from across the country."

How has PBR helped as far as recruiting and exposure: "PBR is an amazing organization! It is well ran and very useful. It allows many players to be noticed with getting their name out on the web to show interest that they want to play ball at the next level. PBR is very efficient and thorough with evaluating and posting player's skill levels and numbers for the convenience of college coaches. Not only do they evaluate and post, but they follow player's successes throughout their seasons and tweet about them. PBR seems to have a high interest in a player's future. They care about helping players to be seen by college coaches and are excited when players are able to play at the next level. PBR guides players and coaches for the process of recruitment.

Awards or academic accolades you  have received: All-City, All-Conference, All-District, Student of the month in the Technology Department,  Honor Roll. National Honor Society, Student Government. Team Captain for 2015-16 Cross Country Team. 

GPA: 3.82

Fun Fact (Anything unique about yourself): Being left-handed, my parents bought me a left-handed glove. I would catch the ball, then take the glove off to throw the ball with my right hand. My parents were very confused with which one was my dominant hand. I'm left-handed but ambidextrous in many sports.

2015 PBR Future Games: Team Michigan

Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Tommy Blitchok MI Grandville 2018 C
Noah Bloye MI Byron Center 2017 OF
Justin Campbell MI Bishop Foley 2017 LHP
Jeff Criswell MI Portage Central 2017 RHP
Cole Daniels MI Saline 2018 LHP
Blake Dunn MI Saugatuck 2017 C
Shane Easter MI Comstock 2017 OF
Nate Jones MI Battle Creek Lakeview 2017 OF
Brenden Lovell MI Vicksburg 2017 RHP
John Malcom MI Brother Rice 2018 LHP
Luke McGuire MI Sterling Heights Stevenson 2017 RHP
Jarrod Melle MI Lowell 2017 RHP
Sean O'Keefe MI Saline 2017 RHP
Nolan Petroelje MI Hudsonville 2017 RHP
Obie Ricumstrict MI Mt. Pleasant 2017 SS
Spencer Schwellenbach MI Heritage 2018 SS
Reese Trahey MI Brother Rice 2018 OF
Zavier Warren MI Birmingham Groves 2017 C
Sam Weatherly MI Howell 2017 LHP
Joey Zontini MI Eisenhower 2018 1B

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