• Full name Michael Joseph Nikorak
  • Born 09/16/1996 in Hackettstown, NJ
  • Profile Ht.: 6'5" / Wt.: 240 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Stroudsburg
  • Drafted in the 1st round (27th overall) by the Colorado Rockies in 2015 (signed for $2,300,000).
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    While he doesn't exactly have big league bloodlines, Mike Nikorak has seen first-hand what it takes to succeed at a high level of competition. His older brother Steve Nikorak played at Temple before a brief stint in the White Sox system and playing in the independent Can Am League in 2014. The younger Nikorak has quickly harnessed his natural arm strength to become one of the top prep pitchers in this year's class. After battling command issues at times as a junior, Nikorak emerged with elite velocity on the showcase circuit, flashing plus-plus velocity and showing feel for a breaking ball and changeup. Nikorak didn't maintain his stuff deep into outings, but he did exactly what scouts could have asked of him in the winter, hitting the weight room and adding meat to his 6-foot-3 frame, developing into an imposing power pitcher. With a clean arm action and outstanding athleticism, the 6-foot-5, 215-pounder has peaked at 97 mph this spring, with flashes of above-average offspeed stuff and command of his three-pitch mix. Nikorak will need to tighten his curveball, which has lacked consistency, and develop the stamina to hold his velocity deep into outings, but he has the potential to develop into an impact starter at the major league level.

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