(Photo courtesy of Millersville Athletics)
As the 2017 summer league season comes to an end, it is time to roll out CBBSN’s collegiate summer league updates from around the country. Over the next several weeks, our scouts will be sharing how their school’s players have fared over the season, and how they look to project going into fall practice.
The Cape Cod summer league is one of the most prominent collegiate summer baseball leagues there is. Much of the top talent along the East Coast and in college baseball as a whole play on the Cape each summer. That is why Millersville University RHP Eli Nabholz’s (Pottsville, PA) performance was all the more impressive.
Up on the Cape, Nabholz continued to show he belongs. In five appearances for the Chatham Anglers, he logged a 2.34 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings pitched, and even notched one save.
His best outing was a two-inning shutout performance out of the pen where he struck out four of the six batters he faced. Unfortunately, he also gave up six walks and eight hits in those 7 2/3 innings.
Even though it was a small sample size, Nabholz could clearly stand to improve his command. He already possesses a heavy fastball that definitely has the potential to hit 90-92 mph consistently if he uses his 6-foot-6 250-pound frame (specifically his lower half) better. Nabholz has a decent feel for his breaking stuff at his age. It remains to be seen whether or not he can improve the depth and spin on his breaking pitches, but the potential is certainly there.
Overall, there is stuff he needs to work on, but the potential is definitely there. This summer he proved his believers right showing that he belonged with college baseball’s best on the Cape. Here is to hoping Nabholz continues to solidify himself as a frontline starter for Millersville and beyond.