|Report Date:||April 16th, 2018|
A Vanderbilt commit, Northcut was part of talented cohort that made the trek to Indianapolis over the weekend to participate in Prep Baseball Report’s Midwest Select showcase. Swinging a wood bat, Northcut went 3-for-6, with a walk and two doubles over Mason’s two games.
At 6’1” and 200 pounds, Northcut appears to have firmed up his body a bit since the summer, appearing fairly well-proportioned in this viewing. He looked comfortable at third base throughout the day, showing soft hands and a quick exchange on a few high choppers before displaying average arm strength on throws across the diamond. Northcut started on the mound for Mason’s second game of the tournament, and sat 84-to-86 mph in the first inning. At the plate, however, is where Northcut shines. Commencing with an open stance, high hands, and his back elbow parallel to the ground, Northcut uses above average bat speed and a lofty swing path to consistently impact the baseball. Northcut’s raw power projects as plus, and he doesn’t need to sell out to get there. He was especially effective on fastballs up in the zone, and while a few breaking balls left Northcut off balance, he didn’t swing and miss at any pitches during the two game set.
Based on talent alone, Northcut is a potential second-to-fourth round MLB Draft pick. Vanderbilt has a strong track record of getting recruits to campus, and if Northcut makes it to Nashville, he could be an impact bat and potential high selection in 2020.