Mitch Nay

Mitch Nay
Cincinnati Reds
Third baseman
Born: (1993-09-20) September 20, 1993
Chandler, Arizona
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Mitchell Ellis Nay (born September 20, 1993) is an American professional baseball third baseman in the Cincinnati Reds organization. He was drafted out of high school by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round (58th overall) of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft.

Minor league career

Nay attended Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona.[1] He began his high school career as a shortstop, but became a third baseman due to the presence of teammate Jorge Flores.[2] As a junior, Nay had a .495 batting average, 14 home runs, and 54 runs batted in (RBI).[3] He won Arizona's Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year Award in 2012,[2] and received a scholarship to attend Arizona State University.[4] USA Baseball named Nay to their youth baseball team.[5]

The Toronto Blue Jays selected Nay in the supplemental first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft, with the 58th overall selection.[5] He signed with Toronto, forgoing his scholarship.[2] He suffered a broken foot and did not make his professional debut until 2013. In 2013, Nay played for the Bluefield Blue Jays of the Rookie-level Appalachian League, where he had a .300 batting average in 64 games. He was promoted to the Vancouver Canadians of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League in time for their playoff chase. He was named the most valuable player (MVP) of the Northwest League playoffs by MiLB.com.[6]

Nay began the 2014 season with the Lansing Lugnuts of the Class A Midwest League.[7] On August 19, while Nay was leading the Midwest League in doubles, the Blue Jays promoted him to the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League.[8] In 120 games in Lansing, he batted .285 with 34 doubles, three home runs, and 59 RBI.[1] Nay played 11 games in Dunedin, batting .185 with one RBI.[1] On September 24, Nay was named the MVP for Lansing in 2014.[9] Nay played the entire 2015 season in Dunedin, and finished the season batting .243 with five home runs and 42 RBI in 109 games played.[1] Due to injuries, Nay appeared in just eight rehab games for the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays in 2016, and batted .091.[1] In 2017, Nay returned to Lansing and spent the whole season there, posting a .222 batting average with 10 home runs and 40 RBIs in 61 games.[10]

On December 14, 2017, Nay was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft.[11]

Personal life

Nay's grandfather, Lou Klimchock, is a former MLB player.[2][8]

References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Mitch Nay Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Campbell, Kevin (March 8, 2013). "Chandler-native Mitch Nay started young". Azcentral.com. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  3. Parish, Christopher. "Love of the game drives No. 9 prospect Nay - ESPNHS Baseball - ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  4. "Former baseball player helps children in need". Herald-review.com. April 17, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  5. 1 2 "Toronto Blue Jays select Hamilton's Mitch Nay with No. 58 overall pick in MLB draft". Azcentral.com. June 5, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  6. Lowden, Trevor. "Jays prospect Nay entering family business". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  7. "Toronto Blue Jays prospect Mitch Nay's hot month continues in Class A Lansing's big win - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  8. 1 2 "Midwest notes: Nay learning the hard way - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  9. Chisholm, Gregor (September 24, 2014). "Blue Jays name MVPs in Minor League system". MLB.com. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  10. "Mitch Nay Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  11. "2017 Rule 5 Draft results: Pick-by-pick". MLB.com. December 14, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
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