The problem is that we haven’t gotten to see very much of Nick in terms of actually getting to play. Drafted in 2011, he started off in Delmarva in 2012, but injuries got in the way. That being said, his left knee tear, which benched him for the year, came a week or so after he was named MVP of the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. At least the Orioles were able to determine that he’s pretty talented before that injury came up.
Baseball America continues the good news, telling us about how great Delmonico’s baseball IQ is. It helps to be from a baseball family. He’s got a great bat and already has excellent breaking pitch recognition. The problem is nobody’s sure where he’s going to end up playing – he can hit for sure, but finding a position for him seems to be the difficult part. He spent his limited time playing in 2012 at first and second, but there’s a possibility that he’ll end up at third, as BA points out that he “doesn’t have the hands and feet to turn the double play, but he should have enough first-step quickness for the hot corner.” It’s likely that he’ll end up becoming a corner infielder in the end, since this double play-turning business more or less rules out second base.
Delmonico’s got a good shot at making it to High Class A (Frederick) this season due to his mature bat. What position he’ll end up at, though, is going to be interesting to watch over the course of 2013.