2017 Prospect Review: #29 Nick Griffin


Zac Bottoms
Arkansas Scouting Director

As the calendar turns to December, I want to review the top prospects from the 2017. These players have separated themselves as top prospect, with the potential at some point in their career to become professional prospects, if they are not already. 

#29 2020 LHP/OF Nick Griffin, Monticello HS


Nick Griffin

Class of 2020 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2020
  • Primary Position: OF
  • High School: Monticello
    State: AR
  • Summer Team: Arkansas Sticks 2020
  • Height: 6-4
    Weight: 175lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L

Statistics

Pitching
86
Max FB
82 - 84
FB
71 - 74
CB
75 - 76
CH
Position
6.73
60-yard
78
OF Velo
84
Exit Velo

Scouting Report

Griffin, is a 6-foot-1 155-pound two way player with an athletic frame and thin build. On the mound he shows a feel to pitch, with three pitches. His fastball works 82-84, but has shown the ability to work up to 86 mph. He compliments the fastball with a curveball and changeup. His curveball works 71-74 mph with 2/7 with gradual break. His changeup is thrown with fastball arm speed at 75-76 mph. He uses repeated mechanics from a simple delivery. He works from H ¾ arm slot with a quick clean arm. He projects to throw harder as he continues to fill out.

As a position player, he shows solid instincts in the outfield, he plays through the baseball with fluid footwork, a normal exchange and an accurate arm throwing the baseball 80 mph from the outfield. Offensively he works from a tall stance, he uses a leg kick for his load stride combination. He attacks the baseball with a line drive swing, and had shown the ability to hit balls to all fields with exit velocity up to 84 mph. He runs a 6.73 in the 60. Overall Griffin, is an advanced athlete with potential to compete at the next level either on the mound or as an outfielder. 


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Griffin, played an integral part in Monticello High School’s run to the state semi-finals. He had a solid season as a two way player. He really began turning heads in post season play, as he was the winning pitcher against, Ashdown in a must win game in the regional tournament. He followed up that outing with a win in the state tournament and then picked up a loss in the state semi-finals to eventual state champion, Nashville Scrappers, of a score of 4-3.

He played for Sticks Baseball Academy in the summer, continuing to show aptitude as a two way player. His performance in the Top Prospects Games and ArkLaTex Open earned him a spot in the Futures Games in Indianapolis. After a solid showing on a big stage. Griffin followed that up with a string showing at Arkansas prospect camp. In the weeks following camp, he picked up the offer and committed.

Overall on Griffin, I have not made a decision whether, I feel he is a pitcher or a hitter. He shows advanced arm strength and a quick arm, but he is also very athletic with a feel to hit. The game will decide over time, if he continues to hit against better competition.  

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