Rising Stock: RHP/3B Nate Dickey

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

Nate DickeyNate Dickey had a solid showing the first time we saw him at the Eastern PA Open ID Showcase on January 26. His athletic 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame was immediately noticeable. The RHP/3B went on to display good hands and feet in the infield with a solid 78 mph arm across the infield with a bit of a short-arm action to his throws. His bullpen session was also solid and was enough to earn him an invitation to the Preseason All-State Showcase a month later.

A different Nate Dickey showed up on February 23 and turned in one of the top all-around performances on the day. He began his day by turning in a respectable 4.28 home-to-first time. The first sign that Dickey was in for a special performance was his defensive outing. He was once again athletic in his actions and bumped his velocity across the diamond to 82 mph, a four mph improvement from just a month earlier. Dickey continued his impressive day by showing good pop in his bat from the right side of the plate with a bat exit velocity of 85 mph, another five mph jump from his previous workout. He also hit from the left side of the plate, but should concentrate on his dominant side.

Dickey saved his best for last. In January he sat 80-82 out of a high 3/4 arm slot, touching 83 mph a couple of times. He showed promise with good arm side run to his fastball and changeup. That promise was realized and then some in the February event. Dickey sat 86-87 with the same type of movement to his fastball during the duration of his bullpen session. If Dickey makes some adjustments to lengthen out his throwing motion he will likely see even more life to his fastball and potentially greater movement as well. Add in his size and strength and it is easy to envision additional gains in velocity moving forward for the Central Dauphin HS junior. Dickey made a significant jump in the Class of 2014 rankings and will be an interesting follow through this spring and summer.

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