Extreme open stance. Uses toe-tap, noise in swing affects contact skills. Frequently drops hands, swing gets unhinged; high-effort. Plus bat speed, pull hitter, long to ball at times, turns on pitches well. Swing is fairly compact for a power stroke; capable of creating loud/hard contact when he squares. Beaten frequently by the CB, pulls head when trying to drive, gets under hittable pitches. Sells out for power often, high-K hitter, body is wild during swing. Won’t hit for consistent solid contact. Aggressive approach limits tool grade to below-average
Plus raw, plays to a power over contact. Leveraged swing hits with home run launch angle. Heavy load allows him to drive pitches when he connects; gets a ton of weight behind swing. Questionable barreling ability limits him to average game power.
Timed 4.52. Typical runner for a catcher, better athlete than pure speed indicates.
1.95, 2.00, 2.04 pop times. Athletic behind the dish, quick out of stance. Needs to get body in front of ball better, a little too loose on occasion; raw ability leaves room for improvement behind the plate.
Above-average arm strength, fringe-average accuracy. Clean arm action; expect slight improvement with continued development. Can throw on a rope, carry/velo present to nab fast runners.
At 23 years old, Nido still has some development to do in terms of his approach at the plate and behind the dish. However, there’s enough raw talent here to project him as a potential starter due to his power/field profile. Nido has the bat speed and strength to hit for more power than the typical catcher, and projects as a capable defender. His swing is wild and there’s not much feel for hitting, which makes him high-risk; his raw pop might not translate in-game. But the tools are there; Nido just needs to refine his overall game over the next few years.