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Follow the Prospects: Nick Banks, OF
« Topic Start: December 21, 2019, 10:37:05 AM »
Full Name: Nicholas Matthew Banks
Age: 25 (November 18, 1994)
Birthplace: Tomball, TX
Bats/Throws: L/L Ht: 6' 0" Wt: 215
Draft: Round 4 (2016, WSH)
School: Texas A&M

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Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 45 | Run: 45 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 40
Part of a stellar 2015 U.S. collegiate national team outfield with Corey Ray and Buddy Reed, Banks led Team USA in hitting (.386) and on-base percentage (.491), leading some to project him as a mid-first-round pick. Banks wasn't the same after having a cyst removed from his lower back in the fall, however, but he did recover to finish strong, garnering MVP honors in the Southeastern Conference tournament, and then signed with the Nationals for slightly above slot value as a fifth-round pick that June. After several non-descript seasons in the lower Minors, Banks turned in a career-best campaign in 2019 while reaching Double-A.

A clean left-handed swing enables Banks to generate line drives from gap to gap, and he drove the ball more consistently in '19, showing more consistent game power while producing some of the better high-end exit velocities among Nats farmhands. Banks has a tolerable amount of swing-and-miss to his game, but he also needs to tighten his approach and become more selective. He did make gains on that front in 2019, and the Nationals believe he stands to make even more progress as a potential late-blooming hitter.

Banks showed solid speed in college and with Team USA, but he's more of an average or fringe-average runner now after filling out physically. Banks is also an average defensive outfielder, one with experience at all three positions, though his modest tools fit better at either corner spot than they do in center field. He could be a bench outfielder if it all clicks.

.288   .358   .410 with 1HR and 6SBs in 156 ABs for Harrisburg in 2019 (and .271 / .327 / .443 in 280 ABs at Potomac with 9 HRs and 2 SBs)

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Nick Banks, OF
« Reply #1: December 21, 2019, 10:38:15 AM »
Enters the Nats top 30 prospects from mlb.com at number 25 after putting up  .250 / .295 / .464 3HRs, 2SBs  in 56ABs in the AFL this year.