Adrián Nieto

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Adrián Nieto
Adrián Nieto on April 9, 2016.jpg
Nieto during his tenure with the New Orleans Zephyrs, triple-A affiliates of the Miami Marlins, in 2016
Kansas City T-Bones – No. 12
Born: (1989-11-12) November 12, 1989 (age 29)
Havana, Cuba
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 2, 2014, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Batting average.236
Home runs2
Runs batted in7

Adrián Nieto (born November 12, 1989) is a Cuban professional baseball catcher for the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago White Sox.


Washington Nationals[edit]

Nieto was born in Cuba, but raised in Florida.[1] He attended American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida. He played for the school's baseball team as a catcher.[2] After Nieto graduated, the Washington Nationals selected him in the fifth round of the 2008 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft.[3] He signed with the Nationals, receiving a $376,000 signing bonus, roughly twice as much as MLB suggested he should receive based on his draft position.[4]

Nieto struggled in his early career.[1][3] In 2011, he was suspended for 50 games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.

Nieto played for the Spanish national baseball team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. In the 2013 season, Nieto batted .285 with 11 home runs for the Potomac Nationals of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League. The Nationals assigned him to the Arizona Fall League after the season to continue his development.[1]

Chicago White Sox[edit]

After the 2013 season, the Chicago White Sox selected Nieto with the third pick in the Rule 5 Draft.[3] Because Nieto was a Rule 5 Draft pick, he had to be on the Chicago White Sox roster for the entire season, so for 2014, he was the backup to Tyler Flowers.[5][6] Nieto spent the 2015 season in the minor leagues, and was released after the season.

Miami Marlins[edit]

Nieto signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins for the 2016 season.[7]

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

Nieto signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds on January 2, 2017.[8] He was released on August 27, 2017. [9]

Kansas City T-Bones[edit]

On May 4, 2018, Nieto signed with the Kansas City T-Bones of the independent American Association.


  1. ^ a b c Wagner, James (December 12, 2013). "Nationals lose Adrian Nieto in Rule 5 draft". Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  2. ^,555785&dq=adrian-nieto&hl=en
  3. ^ a b c Dan Kolko View Comments (December 12, 2013). "Nationals Pastime: Nationals lose Adrian Nieto to White Sox in Rule 5 Draft". Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  4. ^ Washington, The (August 11, 2008). "Nationals sign draft pick". Washington Times. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  5. ^ Kilgore, Adam. "Anthony Rendon returns, Adrian Nieto makes the White Sox". Retrieved March 25, 2014.
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  7. ^ Eddy, Matt (December 1, 2015). "Minor League Transactions: Nov. 21-27". Baseball America. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  8. ^ "Cincinnati Reds Transactions; January 2017". Major League Baseball. January 2017. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
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