Orioles Prospect Profile #6: Nick Delmonico

The O's are excited about the prospects of Delmonico at what he brings to the organization.

Nick Delmonico

Position: 3B

Height: 6'2”

Weight: 196 lbs

Born: 7/12/1992

Bats: Left

Throws: Right

Background:

The Orioles sixth round selection in the 2011 MLB Draft, Delmonico passed up the opportunity to attend the University of Georgia and sign with the organization.

The Tennessee native did not play professional ball last year, but is looking to get his career off to a positive start in 2012.

Scouting Report:

Delmonico has the ability to be a great player at the next level. He possesses a quality baseball IQ especially at the plate. An advanced approach in the batter's box allows him to see quality pitches to hit. He rarely swings at any pitches out of the strike zone.

Delmonico has solid bat speed and is an above average contact hitter. He will need to develop more of his power stroke, but a good contact hitter and improved bat speed should remedy that in the near future.

The 19-year-old played catcher in high school, but the Orioles selected him as a third baseman. He is better suited to play the corner infield or outfield with his strong arm and quick reaction. Reps will be needed at third base, but the defensive capabilities are there with Delmonico.

Health Record

Delmonico suffered from a left wrist injury in high school, but has since fully recovered from the injury.

Future

Delmonico has plenty of room to grow after coming out of high school. Defensively, he has great potential at the corner infield or outfield position. He should rise quickly with his offensive upside. How he adjusts to third will explain the amount of time he needs at the minor league level.

There is no true timetable on his major league status. Delmonico has the ability to rise quickly if he gets off to a hot start in 2012.


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