Top 50 Scouting Report: #9 1B Nick Evans

The New York Mets selected the first baseman in the 5th round of the 2004 MLB Draft out of St. Mary's High School in Phoenix, Arizona. Although an ankle injury forced him out of the lineup for over a month during the first half of the season, he still managed to meet the goals he set. Here is a scouting report on St. Lucie first baseman Nick Evans.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Nick Evans
DOB: January 30, 1986
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Streaky. That was the label tagged onto the young slugger after an up and down season in the South Atlantic League in 2006. As a 20-year-old starting first baseman in his first long-season assignment, Nick Evans struggled with consistency as his batting average fluctuated from week-to-week and month-to-month. But that changed last season as he instituted a new approach recommended by coaches in Spring Training and his own hitting coach Luis Natera.

He worked to eliminate his previous free swinging mentality by cutting down on his swing and maintaining a consistent eye that would preclude him from chasing pitches out of the zone. Last season, he stepped to the plate looking for one specific pitch on either side of the plate. When he started doing that, he saw his average climb.

Through the season's first four months, Evans hit a combined .309 in 271 at-bats, which may have been even higher if not for a torn ankle ligament which sidelined him for all but three games in May. He attributed the turnaround to focused work with Natera.

"It was the second year I've been with Luis and having him for that second time around really helped. I think he knew my swing better than I did. He knew the right adjustments to my swing and my approach that I needed to make and I definitely think they showed," he continued.

"I became really consistent with my swing and got it much more under control which came from swinging at better pitches. I didn't really find myself out of control too often this year which went a long way to being a better hitter," said Evans.

In the past, his swing was elongated which prevented him catching up with inside pitches and putting a good swing on breaking pitches. Natera worked on Evans' stance and his mechanics through the strike zone.

" I worked on a way to shorten my move to the ball. Before, I would tend to get long in the swing and wrap my bat around my head, so we found a way just keep things simpler and quieter in my swing. That really helped me out a lot and helped me get more contact," he said.

"The work increased my contact rate and improved my two-strike approach. The amount I cut down on my strikeouts this year probably accounted for a ten point rise in my batting average just by itself."

Two other elements that Evans credited to his increase in contact were the friendliness of his home ballpark, Tradition Field, and mature pitching of the Florida State League. With its spacious outfield, he was scaled back on his eagerness to hit home, transitioning that power into consistent offense. Meanwhile, he knew that to succeed against deeper pitching staffs, he had to keep things simple and not overextend himself in the batter's box.

"I think playing in the park we have down in St. Lucie helped because you can't really hit home runs there. And at this level, you can't try to hit home runs either. You have to try to get your hits and drive the ball to the gap which is just about automatic at our home park. I just tried to not do too much and get my hits. I wanted to square the ball as much as possible," he detailed.

It was another year, another 100-plus games for Evans to grow at the plate and in the field. The progress he made this year keeps him hungry and determined push himself even harder as he makes his way up the ladder.

"Anytime you come off a good year, you're going to be confident going into the new year and that's how I feel. All I can do is come into camp in the best shape I can and not worry about the outside factors. I feel good and confident about where my game is and I'm going to work on making even more strides than the ones I made last year and keep doing that each season," Evans explained.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2007

St. Lucie

.286

378

108

15

54

65

3

53

64

.374

.476

2006

Hagerstown

.254

511

130

15

67

55

2

45

99

.320

.419

2005

Brooklyn

.252

226

57

6

33

30

0

17

34

.302

.407

2005

Kingsport

.344

64

22

6

22

11

1

4

17

.382

.734

2004

GCL

.258

182

47

7

27

36

3

14

51

.311

.462


Batting and Power: Evans shook off pangs of past inconsistency and was much steadier on a month to month basis last season. With a renewed swing and more discernable eye, Evans strengthened his ability to hit for contact while allowing his power to grow more naturally—which it did. Evans should move away from the peaks and valleys in his average that plagued him the past to be a more reliable force in the heart of the order. His home run power has been on a steady rise with each passing year and signs point to that trend continuing. If he can keep growing at the plate, he figures to be a .280-.290 hitter who can pop 20-plus home runs per season.

Base Running and Speed: Evans can make his way around the bases, but his speed will not have the opposition too concerned. He may swipe a small share of bases, but will not utilize his speed as a weapon nor will take many risks on the bases.

Defense: Evans' defense continues to improve as he gains more experience. He widened his range this year as his ability to read balls and bounces matured. He is still learning the finer points of the position and still requires work on his throwing, but the more he stays on the field, the stronger his defense will become. He will not shine with his glove, but he is capable of making all the necessary plays and save errors for his infielders.

Projection: As his offensive continues to gel, his projections should become even more positive. If he can continue to hit above the .275 level and see further addition to his power, he will have all the tools to hit in the middle of a big league order. The trouble that faces Evans is that first base is a highly competitive position right now with Mike Carp sitting between he and the Mets. A position switch could be in his future, but that should not keep him out of the big leagues.

ETA: 2009. Evans' successful season in St. Lucie will earn him a spot as Binghamton's starting first baseman in the 2008 season. That should put him on track to be in Triple-A the following year with a legitimate shot at cracking the big league order sometime in the latter stages of the 2009 season.


Amazin Clubhouse Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nVital Statistics:
\r\nName: Nick Evans
\r\nDOB: January 30, 1986
\r\nHeight: 6'2\"
\r\nWeight: 180
\r\nBats: Right
\r\nThrows: Right
\r\n
\r\nStreaky. That was the label tagged onto the young slugger after an up and down season in the South Atlantic League in 2006. As a 20-year-old starting first baseman in his first long-season assignment, Nick Evans struggled with consistency as his batting average fluctuated from week-to-week and month-to-month. But that changed last season as he instituted a new approach recommended by coaches in Spring Training and his own hitting coach Luis Natera.
\r\n
\r\nHe worked to eliminate his previous free swinging mentality by cutting down on his swing and maintaining a consistent eye that would preclude him from chasing pitches out of the zone. Last season, he stepped to the plate looking for one specific pitch on either side of the plate. When he started doing that, he saw his average climb.
\r\n
\r\nThrough the season's first four months, Evans hit a combined .309 in 271 at-bats, which may have been even higher if not for a torn ankle ligament which sidelined him for all but three games in May. He attributed the turnaround to focused work with Natera.
\r\n
\r\n\"It was the second year I've been with Luis and having him for that second time around really helped. I think he knew my swing better than I did. He knew the right adjustments to my swing and my approach that I needed to make and I definitely think they showed,\" he continued.
\r\n
\r\n\"I became really consistent with my swing and got it much more under control which came from swinging at better pitches. I didn't really find myself out of control too often this year which went a long way to being a better hitter,\" said Evans.
\r\n
\r\nIn the past, his swing was elongated which prevented him catching up with inside pitches and putting a good swing on breaking pitches. Natera worked on Evans' stance and his mechanics through the strike zone.
\r\n
\r\n\" I worked on a way to shorten my move to the ball. Before, I would tend to get long in the swing and wrap my bat around my head, so we found a way just keep things simpler and quieter in my swing. That really helped me out a lot and helped me get more contact,\" he said.
\r\n
\r\n\"The work increased my contact rate and improved my two-strike approach. The amount I cut down on my strikeouts this year probably accounted for a ten point rise in my batting average just by itself.\"
\r\n
\r\nTwo other elements that Evans credited to his increase in contact were the friendliness of his home ballpark, Tradition Field, and mature pitching of the Florida State League. With its spacious outfield, he was scaled back on his eagerness to hit home, transitioning that power into consistent offense. Meanwhile, he knew that to succeed against deeper pitching staffs, he had to keep things simple and not overextend himself in the batter's box.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think playing in the park we have down in St. Lucie helped because you can't really hit home runs there. And at this level, you can't try to hit home runs either. You have to try to get your hits and drive the ball to the gap which is just about automatic at our home park. I just tried to not do too much and get my hits. I wanted to square the ball as much as possible,\" he detailed.
\r\n
\r\nIt was another year, another 100-plus games for Evans to grow at the plate and in the field. The progress he made this year keeps him hungry and determined push himself even harder as he makes his way up the ladder.
\r\n
\r\n\"Anytime you come off a good year, you're going to be confident going into the new year and that's how I feel. All I can do is come into camp in the best shape I can and not worry about the outside factors. I feel good and confident about where my game is and I'm going to work on making even more strides than the ones I made last year and keep doing that each season,\" Evans explained.
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Year

\r\n

\r\n Team

\r\n

\r\n AVG.

\r\n

\r\n AB

\r\n

\r\n Hits

\r\n

\r\n HR

\r\n

\r\n RBI

\r\n

R

\r\n

\r\n SB

\r\n

\r\n BB

\r\n

K

\r\n

\r\n OBP

\r\n

\r\n SLG

\r\n

\r\n 2007

\r\n

\r\n St. Lucie

\r\n

\r\n .286

\r\n

\r\n 378

\r\n

\r\n 108

\r\n

\r\n 15

\r\n

\r\n 54

\r\n

\r\n 65

\r\n

\r\n 3

\r\n

\r\n 53

\r\n

\r\n 64

\r\n

\r\n .374

\r\n

\r\n .476

\r\n

\r\n 2006

\r\n

\r\n Hagerstown

\r\n

\r\n .254

\r\n

\r\n 511

\r\n

\r\n 130

\r\n

\r\n 15

\r\n

\r\n 67

\r\n

\r\n 55

\r\n

\r\n 2

\r\n

\r\n 45

\r\n

\r\n 99

\r\n

\r\n .320

\r\n

\r\n .419

\r\n

\r\n 2005

\r\n

\r\n Brooklyn

\r\n

\r\n .252

\r\n

\r\n 226

\r\n

\r\n 57

\r\n

\r\n 6

\r\n

\r\n 33

\r\n

\r\n 30

\r\n

\r\n 0

\r\n

\r\n 17

\r\n

\r\n 34

\r\n

\r\n .302

\r\n

\r\n .407

\r\n

\r\n 2005

\r\n

\r\n Kingsport

\r\n

\r\n .344

\r\n

\r\n 64

\r\n

\r\n 22

\r\n

\r\n 6

\r\n

\r\n 22

\r\n

\r\n 11

\r\n

\r\n 1

\r\n

\r\n 4

\r\n

\r\n 17

\r\n

\r\n .382

\r\n

\r\n .734

\r\n

\r\n 2004

\r\n

\r\n GCL

\r\n

\r\n .258

\r\n

\r\n 182

\r\n

\r\n 47

\r\n

\r\n 7

\r\n

\r\n 27

\r\n

\r\n 36

\r\n

\r\n 3

\r\n

\r\n 14

\r\n

\r\n 51

\r\n

\r\n .311

\r\n

\r\n .462


\r\n Batting and Power: Evans shook off pangs of past inconsistency and was much steadier on a month to month basis last season. With a renewed swing and more discernable eye, Evans strengthened his ability to hit for contact while allowing his power to grow more naturally—which it did. Evans should move away from the peaks and valleys in his average that plagued him the past to be a more reliable force in the heart of the order. His home run power has been on a steady rise with each passing year and signs point to that trend continuing. If he can keep growing at the plate, he figures to be a .280-.290 hitter who can pop 20-plus home runs per season.
\r\n
\r\nBase Running and Speed: Evans can make his way around the bases, but his speed will not have the opposition too concerned. He may swipe a small share of bases, but will not utilize his speed as a weapon nor will take many risks on the bases.
\r\n
\r\nDefense: Evans' defense continues to improve as he gains more experience. He widened his range this year as his ability to read balls and bounces matured. He is still learning the finer points of the position and still requires work on his throwing, but the more he stays on the field, the stronger his defense will become. He will not shine with his glove, but he is capable of making all the necessary plays and save errors for his infielders.
\r\n
\r\nProjection: As his offensive continues to gel, his projections should become even more positive. If he can continue to hit above the .275 level and see further addition to his power, he will have all the tools to hit in the middle of a big league order. The trouble that faces Evans is that first base is a highly competitive position right now with Mike Carp sitting between he and the Mets. A position switch could be in his future, but that should not keep him out of the big leagues.
\r\n
\r\nETA: 2009. Evans' successful season in St. Lucie will earn him a spot as Binghamton's starting first baseman in the 2008 season. That should put him on track to be in Triple-A the following year with a legitimate shot at cracking the big league order sometime in the latter stages of the 2009 season.
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