Central Bucks East hurler Nick Bitsko remains a lfirst round target

Nick Bitsko of CB East
This spring has been anything but normal, but that hasn't prevented Central Bucks East High School hurler Nick Bitsko from thinking big. The righty is projected to be drafted in the middle of the first round of Major League Baseball's upcoming amateur draft.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder graduated early to be part of the 2020 class, but he's missing an entire senior season on the hill due to the COVID pandemic.

"He's shown enough during his summer showcases and tournaments, he's the real deal," one local scout said. "He has the potential to be a top-10 pick, his arm is that good."

Bitsko features a fastball that sits in the mid-'90s and compliments it with a solid curveball that has a significant drop. He also throws an above-average changeup and shows the potential of having plus-plus command. At the 2019 East Coast Pro Showcase, Bitsko tossed three innings and collected four strikeouts while showcasing one of the best arms at the event.

Bitsko has committed to play at the University of Virginia, but he'll more than likely opt to begin his professional career.

"He's physically ahead of most other top-tier high school pitchers," said one local talen
t evaluator. "The projections for him to be taken in the middle of the first round seem appropriate. Using the 20-80 scale, I can see him grading out with mostly 55's right now, but he has the potential to go much higher.

It remains to be seen how this layoff with the pandemic is going to impact players, especially high school talents, but Bitsko has the makings to be something special if the pieces come together."
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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