Kevin Nicholson (baseball)
March 29, 1976 |
Vancouver, British Columbia
|June 23, 2000, for the San Diego Padres|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 3, 2000, for the San Diego Padres|
|Runs batted in||8|
Nicholson was drafted by the California Angels in the 43rd round of the 1994 Major League Baseball draft (1182nd overall), but did not sign, choosing instead to attend Stetson University, where he played college baseball under head coach Pete Dunn. In 1997, he was named conference Player of the Year. In the 1997 Major League Baseball draft he was chosen in the first round, 27th overall, by the San Diego Padres.
Nicholson spent three seasons in the minors, playing in 1998 and 1999 with the Class AA Mobile Bay Bears, and in 1999 had a batting average of .288 with 13 home runs and 81 RBIs. Nicholson played 37 games for the Padres in 2000.
He was a member of the Canadian national baseball team for several years. In 2001, he was with their Baseball World Cup team, and was a member of Team Canada's fourth place team in the 2004 Summer Olympics. He played for Canada at the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006, being the last season in which Nicholson played professionally, appearing with the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League.
His final appearance for Team Canada came at the 2007 Baseball World Cup.