May 3, 1985 |
Fort Myers, Florida
|September 6, 2011, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 21, 2012, for the Boson Red Sox|
|Runs batted in||0|
Nathaniel Joseph "Nate" Spears (born May 3, 1985) is an American former professionalbaseball player. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 5th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball draft out of Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda, Florida.
Spears made his professional debut with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Orioles, hitting .289 in 56 games. He played 2004 with Single-A Delmarva, hitting .275 in 97 games. His best year in the Oriole organization was in 2005 with High-A Frederick, where he hit .294 in 112 games and was both a Mid-Season and Post-Season Carolina League All-Star.
On January 9, 2006, Spears was traded to the Chicago Cubs in the Corey Patterson deal. His debut in the Cubs' organization wasn't the greatest, hitting only .246 in 97 games with High-A Daytona. He started 2007 with Daytona, but was promoted to Double-A Tennessee, where he hit .298 in 38 games there. He played 2008 with Tennessee, where he was a Southern League All-Star and was the Best Hustler. He also played five games with Triple-A Iowa. He also played in the Arizona Fall League for Mesa, hitting .349 in 23 games. He played 2009 with Iowa, where he only hit .253 in 128 games.
Boston Red Sox
On March 3, 2010, Spears was signed to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training by the Boston Red Sox, where he went 4-6 in 6 games. He played that year with Double-A Portland, where he was an Eastern League All-Star, hitting .272 in 136 games. He was again invited to spring training, hitting .290 in 28 games. He started 2011 with Triple-A Pawtucket before his promotion.
Spears started the 2012 season in Pawtucket. He was called up from Pawtucket to play with the MLB Boston on April 15, 2012. On April 22, Spears was designated for assignment. After clearing waivers, Spears was outrighted to the Pawtucket Red Sox. In October 2012, Spears elected minor league free agency.
On November 16, 2012, the Indians signed Spears to a minor league deal. He played 68 games for the Columbus Clippers and 4 games for the Akron Aeros in 2013. He became a free agent at the end of the season.
Spears signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies on June 8, 2014. He hit .299 with 2 HR and 15 RBI in 52 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He elected free agency after the 2014 season.
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