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Nick Loftin

Born: 09/25/1998 (Age: 23)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 180
Primary Position: SS
Secondary Position: 2B
Large frame, thin and athletic build, room for some additional growth but will always be on the lean side.
Evaluator Nathan Graham
Report Date 09/29/2021
Dates Seen Multiple August 2021
Affiliate Quad Cities River Bandits (High A, Astros)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2023 Low 50 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 60 Balanced, quiet swing geared for hard line drives. Hands start high with a slight toe tap for timing, above average bat speed, shows a knack for hard contact to all fields. Excellent plate discipline, recognizes spin well and rarely expands the zone.
Power 45 Lacks the frame and physical strength to generate power but the swing produces hard contact and some sneaky pop; Mostly gap to gap doubles, but will attack in hitters counts and pull it out of the park. Future fringe average power for a middle infielder.
Baserunning/Speed 50 Average raw speed but is an aggressive, smart baserunner; Will not rack up huge stolen base numbers but chooses his spots well and is capable at swiping the occasional bag.
Glove 50 Solid hands and good instincts help to make up for average range; He's not flashy but will be able to handle short at the big league level.
Arm 50 Accurate throwing arm, shows good carry across the diamond, quick transfers helps him get rid of it in a hurry, has enough strength to handle any position in the infield; will play average at short, above average elsewhere.

Drafted 32nd overall in 2020, Loftin lacks loud tools but makes up for it with his solid overall game. His contact ability and defensive versatility give him a high floor of a utility role player. However, it's not difficult to envision a scenario where the hit tool develops enough to become a top of the order impact bat.

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