Originally Posted by Heath
He was fun to watch at Ohio State - and sometime the "ting" of a college bat does wonders hiding holes in swings.
If Nick can adjust to what he's been seeing - he could have a nice Sean Casey-type career. Without the hugs.
If Nick can adjust, he could hit for a lot more power than Casey. He was being projected as a 35-40 HR guy with Gold Glove skills at 1B.
Somewhat of an interesting story about Nick here in West Virginia. There are two public high schools here in Parkersburg, Parkersburg High(Big Reds, referred to as PHS), and Parkersburg South(Patriots, or generally referred to as just "South"). The PHS-South rivalry is one of the biggest rivalries in the state of West Virginia, especially on the football field. Both Stadium Field and Erickson All-Sports Facility sell out fairly quickly with people camping out the morning before tickets go on sale.
Nick's dad, Steve Swisher, is a roving instructor for the Phillies and was an all-star catcher during the mid 70's to early 80's. He played for Parkersburg South and was a legend until he decided to enroll Nick at PHS. This basically fueled the rivalry between PHS and South, not only on the baseball field, where Nick holds the state record, but in football as well.