Top Viewed Profiles of 2018 - No. 1 Nick Neal


Brandon Hall
North Carolina Director of Scouting

As we wind down another great year, we begin to take a look back at 2018.  After drilling down into our google analytics, we have compiled a list of the twenty most viewed PBR profiles in North Carolina.  Beginning on December 17th and ending on December 30th, we will dive into the profiles that garnered the most hits in 2018.

The player profiles in PBR’s vast database received well over 7.5 million hits in 2018.  Players from each region in North Carolina drove coaches, scouts, and fans to their PBR profile to learn more.  Today we take a look at No. 1 in the 2018 countdown of the most viewed profiles from North Carolina

 

No. 1 – Nick Neal

At 6-foot-6, 290 pounds, Nick Neal is not going to sneak up on anyone but his rise throughout 2018 may have caught some off guard.  The right handed slugger caught the attention of PBR scouts in the spring season at Randleman HS, where he got off to a slow start, but his size and athleticism could not be questioned. 

At the end of the spring season, Neal attended the 5 Star Baseball workout at DXT in Kernersville.  In this workout, with close to 80 players in attendance, he was head and shoulders above everyone else and the event basically stopped as he entered the batter’s box so everyone could watch. 

Off that event, Neal earned an invite to the PBR Future Games in Indianapolis as a part of Team Carolina.  At the Future Games, Neal impressed at the workout with an event record exit velocity of 104 mph.  He also showed arm strength in his workout with a positional velocity of 86 mph at first base.  In the live games, Neal’s power translated immediately with an opposite field blast on day one.  He also drew rave reviews for his ability to recognize pitches and stay to his plan.  Off the Future Game performance, Neal has been highly ranked in North Carolina and in the PBR Overall rankings.



Nick Neal

Class of 2019 / 1B

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2019
  • Primary Position: 1B
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Randleman
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: 5 Star Vipers
  • Height: 6-6
    Weight: 290lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
7.58
60-yard
86
INF Velo
104
Exit Velo
Position
INF Velo
83
Exit Velo
103
Position
60-yard
7.58
INF Velo
84
Exit Velo
104

Scouting Report

09.05.16
A monster that flashes athleticism and feel.  Working from a tall stance, with high hands, loads slightly down and in.  Wants to work slightly up hill through the baseball with looseness.  Future power is projectable, but the front side is leaving him at times right now.  Quickness is present, but strength plays ahead of quickness now.  Exit velocity topped at 92mph.  From the outfield, the arm is a little stiff working from slots that range low-3/4 to high-3/4, with a bit of a slingers action.  Lacked accuracy, while topping at 71mph.  Ran his sixty in 7.91 on a soft surface.


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