Nolan McLean

CLASS OF 2020

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3B

Nolan
McLean

Oklahoma State
Garner (HS) • NC
6-3 • 225LBS • R/R
Travel Team: Dirtbags

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2020
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2022 DRAFT Orioles ROUND 3

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7/10/22

2022 MLB Draft: Sophomore-eligible by age, McLean is athletic and some kind of strong. At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds he combines this strength with length in his swing to produce big power to all fields with left center field his best at plus-plus. He has the look in the batter's box as a bad pitch slugger much more than one with pure hitting skill. He did show some pitch recognition skill, but with the excessive length in his swing he struggles to catch up to good fastballs. The right-handed slugger impressed in 2022 with 19 home runs and a .285 batting average, but 107 strikeouts in 242 at-bats (36.9% K rate) severely limit his projection at the next level. His plus arm strength at the hot corner plays down a grade with below average accuracy, especially when throwing on the move, however it is with this arm strength where he projects best in the long-term – on the bump. Showing a plus slider and life on his heater that can reach 97-98 mph, McLean struck out 39 in 25.1 IP this season. He profiles as a late-inning power arm in a Major League bullpen. At this point in his collegiate career, he is a third to fourth round talent, but his signability will play the largest factor in his ultimate selection in this year's draft.

3/05/22

McLean is athletic and some kind of strong. At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds he combines this strength with length in his swing to produce big power to all fields with left center field his best at plus-plus. Other than his first at-bat of the Gonzaga series when he swatted an oppo taco off Zag's ace Gabe Hughes, McLean had the look in the batter's box as a bad pitch slugger much more than one with pure hitting skill. He did show solid pitch recognition skill, but with the length in his swing he struggled catching up to good fastballs which the Zags threw a lot of. Defensively, McLean got off to a rough start on the first batter of the series, mishandling a chopped grounder to third base, but his range and glovework improved on Saturday with a couple strong plays to his left into the ⅚-hole. His plus arm strength played down a grade with below average accuracy, especially when throwing on the move. Long-term he may profile better to right field or first base, but looks to have the work ethic and grind-ability to make himself into a playable defender at the hot corner at the pro level. He is built similar to Major Leaguer Todd Frazier (Rutgers/CIN/NYM/PIT) and profiles similarly with value at the infield corners. With a current college career slash of .263/.404/.520 and twice as many strikeouts as walks (70 SO/ 35 BB) he still has much to prove at the plate before top round consideration is warranted.

7/25/21

Cape Cod- McLean got a late start to his summer while nursing a sore lat, but he made a loud impression in his eight-game stint, hitting two home runs and driving in six, while working nine walks against 12 strikeouts. With a rare combination of athleticism and physicality, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound football/baseball talent really stands out for his power. Holliday said McLean's righthanded pop reminded him of former Oklahoma State great Pete Incaviglia (whom Holliday coached in the 1980s). He also has surprisingly good pitch recognition and plate discipline considering his two-sport background and lack of reps relative to his peers. He profiles well at the hot corner, where he showed the ability to make impressive backhanded plays and handle slow dribblers in front of him, thanks to a very strong arm. After hitting eight homers in just 137 at-bats as a true freshman, McLean looks poised to bust out in a big way as a sophomore in 2022, and he's an obvious first-round talent for the 2023 draft.

7/15/18

PBR was on hand in Chicago for the USA Baseball NTDS.  Potential dual guy with extreme raw power and a big arm on the bump.  Also being recruited at high levels as a football player.  Physcial "manchild" has a presence in the box and on the mound.  Extremely advanced batspeed with a lot of movement and a load that can start and stop.  Swing and miss is present in game situations against upper level arms.  On the mound it is raw but it is big velo, up to 94 and sitting 91-92.

7/15/17

Strength is present in a young frame.  Coils the front side slightly at balance as the arm works in a short, loose action to load the scapular.  High-3/4 slot lacks a consistent release point, but tends to improve as the outing lengthens.  Arm side run to the fastball, ranging 86-89, touching 90 at times.  Slider is hard with late tilt, but still maturing to be consistent.

3/28/17

Athletic frame and is also a QB prospect according to Garner Coach Goffena. Demonstrated power with a sacrifice fly, driving the ball to the well.  Has the ability to use the entire field as well.  Setup is balanced and athletic with a crouch and a slightly open stance. His load is smooth and back with a short stride to balance. Nolan’s bat speed is fast with a short level path. He has a fluid rhythm and displays a confidence beyond his years.  Ball carries with ease from behind the dish.  Has been up to 88, with better reports, on the bump this spring.

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