Phillies Prospect Breakdown: Nikau Pouaka, 2B/3B, Clearwater Threshers, A

A player born in New Zealand has never made it to the big leagues. Andy Skeels was the first New Zealand-born player to be drafted and went on to have a very successful career managing in the Minor Leagues. Scott Campbell was a Futures Game participant. Pouaka-Grego, who signed with the Phillies for $250,000 in January 2022,. Hopes to be the first to reach The Show. He put his best foot forward during his pro debut in the Florida Complex League at age 17. Hitting .301/.424/.466. His progress was halted when he tore his ACL in the Australian Baseball League that offseason, forcing him to the sidelines for the entire 2023 season.

Now healthy, Pouaka-Grego can go back to hitting his way to Philadelphia. The left-handed-hitting infielder has a unique ability to make contact, with a strikeout rate under 13 percent in his pro debut. He has good plate discipline and pitch recognition, drawing walks as often as he strikes out. His feel for the barrel helps him get to some extra-base authority, and there could be some decent pop as he moves up the ladder.

Pouaka-Grego was a shortstop when he signed but split time between second and third base in the FCL in 2022. He’ll likely see more time at the keystone than the hot corner moving forward, with the chance to develop into an offensive-minded regular at second at the highest level.

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