2018 FARMHAND CROP: Niko Decolati

Niko Decolati

Nico Decolati – Bottom Line

Scouting

Athleticism

Listed at 6’1″, 215. College shortstop. Well put-together athlete. Wouldn’t expect him to add any strength or muscle.

Hit (25/45)

Right-handed bat. Hits from an upright stance. Moderate leg kick and stride. Shows good patience on tape. Gets out in front of offspeed stuff frequently. Scouts have said he has a ‘ton’ of bat speed. Bat speed looks slow on tape to me. Scouts also note he’s a free swinger.

Power (25/55)

Leg-kick and stride combined with a sturdy lower half should produce some power if he can get his lower half engaged in his swing. The extension on his swing isn’t great. Shows enough strength for opposite field pop. Raw power > game power at this juncture (and might remain that way).

Speed (50/55)

Bobby DeMuro of Baseball Census timed him at 4.25 up the line back in April, good enough for fringe-plus speed.

Defense (50/55)

Converted college shortstop. Scouting had him as a capable SS with a strong and accurate arm. Colorado moved him to RF for his pro debut (58 games). Could land at 3B as well. Defensive versatility is a plus.

Stats

Level

Spent his entire pro debut with Grand Junction of the Rookie-level Pioneer league. Beware- he could be another slow-developing Rockies college bat.

Hit

Hit .327 at Grand Junction, but inflated by his .381 BABIP. Despite concerns about excessive swing and miss in his game, he posted a palatable 18.4% K-rate and a very good 11.2% BB-rate in his pro debut. Struck out 24.8% of the time as a Junior at Loyola Marymount.

Power

.205 ISO with 11 HR and 15 2B in 304 PAs for Grand Junction. Showed more power in Rookie ball than he did in college in 2018 (.173 ISO). Only slugged .377 with wood bats for Orleans on the Cape in 2017.

Speed

Went 17-for-22 in SB attempts for Grand Junction and chipped in 3 3Bs. 7.0 Speed score is fringe plus. He’s a good enough athlete to harness his speed as a weapon moving forward.

Stats current as of November 5th.

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