We’re heading back to the high school ranks for today’s entry into the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft Scouting Report series (which you can read all of the reports from right here). Right-handed pitcher Nick Bitsko from Central Bucks East High School in Doylestown, Pennsylvania is one of the younger potential 1st rounders in the draft. He’s currently rated as the #19 prospect in the draft by Baseball America, #12 by Fangraphs, and #14 by MLB Pipeline.

Nick Bitsko’s High School Career

Short. Nick Bitsko’s high school career was short. The reason being was that when he entered high school he was a part of the class of 2021 – but he’s graduating early and now a part of the 2020 class. The move left Bitsko without a senior season to view as Central Bucks East hadn’t begun their season before it was shut down. In his first two seasons he posted a 1.50 ERA and a 1.18 ERA with 68 strikeouts and 12 walks in 33.0 innings according to MaxPreps.com.

Nick Bitsko Video

Let’s note (again) that over the winter, Nick Bitsko announced he was going to graduate high school early, which took him from a 2021 draft eligible player, to a 2020 draft eligible player. This video was posted last summer, which is why it lists him as a 2021 guy.

Nick Bitsko Scouting Report

Height: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 220 lbs.

Bats: Right | Throws: Right

Position(s): Right-Handed Starting Pitcher

Arm Strength. Nick Bitsko’s got it. He throws in the 92-96 MPH range and touches a tad higher with his fastball. He also throws a power curve in the high 70’s to low 80’s that grades out as a potential plus offering with a bit more consistency, but all of the right things are there for it to develop into such a pitch. There’s also a change up in his arsenal, though like most high school pitchers – it’s not a pitch he goes to often. It’s viewed as a pitch that could be average in the future.

Athletic, Bitsko repeats his mechanics well and throws plenty of strikes now and projects to have above-average control in the future. Some even put his command down as plus according to MLB Pipeline. With three average to better offerings and plenty of control to go with an already 6′ 4″ and 200 lb. frame, there’s no reason to think he can’t remain a starting pitcher for the long haul.

Where the concern could be

The last time scouts were able to see him pitch in a competitive environment was what they believed was his sophomore season last summer. Most teams felt they had plenty of time to see him again and among the high school group he’s probably been scouted the least. That’s not to say teams don’t have good information on him – he’s been among the best players in his class for a while now – but they probably have a little less on him than others that entered this past school year on target to graduate in 2020.

2 Responses

  1. Tom

    Is this a “work ethic” player? If he’s finishing hs early as a result of focus and hard work, that would be interesting to me.

  2. RedsKoolAidDrinker

    I like the film on him and I’m impressed that he’s on the younger side. I’d be ok with this pick.

    For the superstitious, would this guy break the streak for the Reds with pitchers named Nick who are drafted in the first round?