Just now in his first full professional season, Niko Hulsizer has been putting on a show with the Low-A Great Lakes Loons.
At 6’2 and 220 pounds, the Morehead State product was drafted by the Dodgers in the 18th round of last year’s draft. A fleet-footed corner-outfielder, Hulsizer stole 12 bases with rookie league Ogden in 2018 but perhaps more impressive than the speed was the immediate display of power. In 48 games played with Ogden, Hulsizer smashed nine home runs, hitting bombs at a rate of one every 17 at-bats.
Hulsizer’s mission in 2019 was to prove the power was no fluke and 58 games into the 2019 season with the Loons, he’s done exactly that.
Hulsizer leads the team in home runs by a metric mile with 15 long-balls and a home run rate of one per every 14 AB’s.
Hulsizer has also pushed 49 runs across this season and is tied for the team lead in doubles with 17.
Hulsizer is not in the Dodgers top-30 organizational prospects but a season like this should push him into the bottom five if not better. His power is proven and the only thing that needs improvement is his strikeout tendencies as he’s already punched out a team-worst 75 times.