The season for Nick Longhi began with the Boston Red Sox. The then 21-year-old started out in Double-A Portland. The jump up to Double-A was a struggle early on. April didn’t go well for Longhi and there wasn’t much of a stretch where he was performing well. In 17 games played he hit just .182 with one walk and 10 strikeouts. He also slugged just .288 on the month.
The early season struggles didn’t carry into May for Nick Longhi. In the first week he went out and hit .333 with five walks and he slugged .500 during the week. The second week was even better as he hit .500 and slugged .550. After five days off from the 13th through the 17th, he returned to the lineup on the 18th. The second half of the month didn’t go nearly as well as the first. In the final 13 games played he went just 11-55 (.200) with two extra-base hits. It was a massive improvement over April for Lonhi, who hit .290/.353/.376 with eight walks and 16 strikeouts in 24 games.
June started out slowly. Nick Longhi went 1-11 to start the month, but he went off from there. For the rest of the month he racked up 22 hits, including nine doubles and three home runs. Over the 21 games played in the month it was another step forward for the Red Sox first base prospect. He hit .295/.337/.526 in 84 plate appearances with four walks and 14 strikeouts during June.
On Jule 2nd the Red Sox traded Nick Longhi to the Cincinnati Reds. He was traded for international bonus pool money and joined the Reds organization a few days later. After going 0-2 and playing right field on July 7th, Nick Longhi went 1-3 in each of the next five games, before going 1-2 on the 13th. He left the game early. At first it was reported that it was just a precaution, but not serious. That turned out to be untrue as it was the last game he played on the season, and underwent Tommy John surgery later in the month.
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Nick Longhi Scouting Report
Hitting | Nick Longhi can and does use the entire field, and he makes plenty of contact. While his hit tool hasn’t played up yet, scouts I spoke with felt it would get there eventually and graded it out as slightly above-average.
Power | There’s power in his bat, but to get the raw power to start showing up in games more frequently he will need a change in approach. He doesn’t pull the ball much and he’s got some ground ball tendencies. Changes in both would allow his power to play more than it currently does. He’s got average power potential in the future if he gets the most out of the raw power that’s in there.
Running | He’s an average runner.
Arm | While we don’t know how his arm will play coming off of Tommy John surgery just yet, before the injury his arm was good. In limited action in the outfield it played well. At first base it’s not needed often, but stands out over there.
Defense | Nick Longhi spent most of his time at 1st base in 2017, but the Reds tried him in the outfield in his brief stint in Pensacola before his injury. He looked athletic in the corners and showed good range.
Nick Longhi was younger than most played in Double-A at just 21-years-old. He held his own overall, especially after a slow start. From the start of May through the end of his season he hit .295/.353/.453 in 52 games played. How his power develops will be key for whether or not Longhi becomes more than a utility player that can handle the outfield corners and first base, or if he can compete as an every day corner player.