When Nick Margevicius (Staunton 2015) was at Rider, his coach told a local reporter that he has the “stuff” to pitch in the major leagues. After the 6-foot-4, 220-pound lefty’s first season in the minor leagues in 2017, that assessment looks to be spot-on. Tall lefties with a 90+ mph fastball are hard to find.
So in our latest installment of former Valley Leaguers in pro ball, we’ll take a look at the career, so far, of Margevicius.
- 2015-2017, Nick’s totals at Rider: 15-14, 3.18 in 229 innings, along with a 1.34 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9, and 7.7 K/9
- Summer of 2015, with Staunton: 4-1, 3.06, 1.21 WHIP, 2.1 BB/9, 6.5 K/9 in 38 2/3 innings. Named ATVL’s #11 starter.
- Summer of 2016, in the New England Collegiate League for Plymouth: 2-3, 2.58, 0.90 WHIP, 0.7 BB/9, 6.5 K/9 in 52 1/3 innings. He walked 4 and struck out 38! He also went up to the Cape, where he pitched one shutout inning for Wareham.
- Nick was drafted after his 2017 season at Rider, by the San Diego Padres in the 6th round. He was given a $160,000 bonus upon signing.
- Could he dominate pro hitter, too? Early returns are absolutely yes. He started in Rookie ball, in the Arizona League, where he went 1-1, 1.42, with a 1.21 WHIP, 1.9 BB/9, and 14.2 K/9 in 19 innings (4 walks, 30 K’s). He lasted in Arizona for a month.
- Called up to Tri-City of the Northwest League, Nick got arguably better. Over 29 innings, he went 3-0, 1.24, with a 0.83 WHIP, 1.2 BB/9, and 9.9 K/9. He walked 4 batters while striking out 32. So while he didn’t make John Sickel’s list of top Padres prospects, he was listed among the “others,” along with a C+ rating. So he’s on the radar.
I would expect Nick to make one of the Padres’ full-season minor league teams in 2018. Let’s see where he goes from here!