Future Watch: Nick Banks Rookie Baseball Cards, Nationals

Future Watch: Nick Banks Rookie Baseball Cards, NationalsFuture Watch: Nick Banks Rookie Baseball Cards, NationalsNick Banks was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the fourth round of the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft. At 6-1, 215, he’s a good size for an outfielder and the Nationals have some high hopes for him.

He starred at Texas A&M and ended up being one of the top collegiate outfielders in his draft class. Banks hit .386 for Team USA but dropped on the draft board after having a cyst removed from his back. He now had something to prove.

In 2016, he played for the Auburn Doubledays in the New York Penn League. In 231 at-bats he had eight doubles, and 19 RBI hitting .277. It was a start.

For 2017, he played in A-ball for the Hagerstown Suns. In 440 at-bats he had 24 doubles, four triples, seven home runs, and 58 RBI while hitting .252. He showed speed with 14 steals too.

In 2018, he started out in Hagerstown. In 200 at-bats he had nine doubles, six homers, and 27 RBI while hitting .260 with 10 steals. After that, he was promoted to advanced A-ball playing for the Potomac Nationals. In 232 at-bats he had 11 doubles, two triples, four homers and 30 RBI.

Here’s a look at his sweet swing:

He has a 2017 Bowman Baseball Chrome Prospects Autographs card and that’s a good way to get him into your collection.

Banks is strong and has become a pull hitter. That change is something he’s still figuring out and that’s what is keeping the 23-year-old out of the big leagues. The Nationals have a deep farm system so next year won’t be the year.

Banks has a future with the team. He could be a late bloomer. Collectors should watch out for him. He could break out one of these years. That’s the hope.

Follow him on Twitter @Nick_Banks4 (protected account).

Future Watch: Nick Banks Rookie Baseball Cards, Nationals – Stats

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Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2016 21 -0.1 Auburn NYPL A- WSN 60 249 231 18 64 8 1 0 19 7 2 11 37 .277 .310 .320 .631 74 2 1 4 2 1
2017 22 0.5 Hagerstown SALL A WSN 122 483 440 52 111 24 4 7 58 14 7 31 90 .252 .303 .373 .676 164 9 3 5 4 2
2018 23 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-A WSN 120 468 432 52 113 20 2 10 57 11 4 27 97 .262 .308 .387 .695 167 7 4 1 4 0
2018 23 0.6 Potomac CARL A+ WSN 64 253 232 27 61 11 2 4 30 1 0 14 52 .263 .310 .379 .689 88 5 3 1 3 0
2018 23 1.7 Hagerstown SALL A WSN 56 215 200 25 52 9 0 6 27 10 4 13 45 .260 .307 .395 .702 79 2 1 0 1 0
All Levels (3 Seasons) 302 1200 1103 122 288 52 7 17 134 32 13 69 224 .261 .307 .367 .674 405 18 8 10 10 3
A (2 seasons) Minors 178 698 640 77 163 33 4 13 85 24 11 44 135 .255 .304 .380 .684 243 11 4 5 5 2
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/15/2018.

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