Nick Evans (baseball)
Evans with the New York Mets
|First baseman / Left fielder|
Born: January 30, 1986|
|MLB: May 24, 2008, for the New York Mets|
|KBO: April 1, 2016, for the Doosan Bears|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||53|
|KBO statistics |
(through 2017 season)
|Runs batted in||171|
Nicholas Reginald Evans (born January 30, 1986) is an American professional baseball infielder who is currently a free agent. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks, in Nippon Professional Baseball for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, and for the Doosan Bears of the KBO League.
Evans has primarily played first base in the minor leagues, only beginning to play the outfield in the 2008 season.
New York Mets
In Evans' first career at bat, he doubled off Colorado Rockies pitcher Jeff Francis. He finished the game with three doubles, the first Met to hit three extra-base hits in his major league debut since Kazuo Matsui in 2004. Evans became only the second player in major league history to hit three doubles in his first game (the first was Ben Grieve in 1997.)
Evans was optioned back down to Binghamton on June 6 after batting .174 in nine games when the Mets decided to call upon Abraham Núñez for infield depth. Evans was again recalled on July 8 after Ryan Church went on the disabled list.
Evans finally received his first Major League start at first base, his natural position, on August 7, 2008 after only previously playing one inning there with the Mets.
Evans began the 2009 season in Triple-A Buffalo, but was eventually sent down to Double-A Binghamton. On June 19, Evans was called up by the Mets. He hit his first home run of the year on June 24.
On May 18, 2011, he was recalled to replace David Wright after he went on the 15-day disabled list with a stress fracture in his back. On June 10, Evans was designated for assignment to make room for Lucas Duda. He had his contract purchased again on July 7, after Jose Reyes went on the 15-day disabled list. He was designated for assignment again on July 22.
On November 29, 2011, Evans signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. On April 30, 2012, in a game between the Indianapolis Indians and the Durham Bulls, Evans left the game in the eighth inning after injuring his wrist. He dove for a ball in foul territory, and landed on his wrist after his glove bent backwards on the ground. Evans immediately left the field and was replaced by Jake Fox. He broke three bones in his left hand. Evans underwent surgery on May 3, to insert pins in his broken left hand. He began a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Pirates on August 2, 2012. However, he did not return to Indianapolis before the season ended. In November 2012, Evans became a free agent.
Los Angeles Dodgers
He signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on November 20, 2012, which contained an invitation to spring training. On March 18, 2013, he was released by the Dodgers after failing to win a job with the team.
Evans signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks in March 2013. He was assigned to Double-A Mobile to regain his form after a lost 2012 season. In 133 games for the BayBears at first and third base, he hit .267 with 19 HR (fourth in the Southern League) and 81 RBI (third). He was also a mid-season All-Star as the South Division's starting designated hitter. Evans began 2014 with Triple-A Reno, where in 44 games, he was hitting .335 with 11 HR and 44 RBI until earning a promotion. Evans, a native of Glendale, Arizona, grew up rooting for the Dbacks.
On May 28, he was called up to replace outfielder Alfredo Marte. He appeared in his first major league game since September 28, 2011, that night as a defensive replacement for first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. He recorded his first hit with Arizona in his first start on June 3. On June 12, Evans was designated for assignment to make room for recently claimed Jordan Pacheco. He was called back up on June 27. He was released by the Diamondbacks on July 28.
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
Evans signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres in November 2015. However, only a few weeks later, he decided to sign with the Doosan Bears of the Korea Baseball Organization for a one-year contract worth $550,000.
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- Williams, Tim (August 3, 2012). "Prospect Watch: Tabata Has Four Hits; Nick Evans, Andrew Lambo Start Rehab".
- Martino, Andy (November 19, 2012). "Nick Evans signs with the Dodgers". New York Daily News. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
- Johnson, Ian (May 31, 2014). "Nick Evans living his dream playing for Arizona Diamondbacks". Sports Kings. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
- McLellan, Sarah (May 29, 2014). "Nick Evans gets his dream call-up to the Diamondbacks". AZCentral Sports.
- "D-backs claim Pacheco from Rockies and designate Evans for assignment". MLB.com. June 12, 2014. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
- "Diamondbacks promote Nick Evans from Reno". ESPN.com. Associated Press. June 27, 2014. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
- "Arizona reinstates INF Pacheco, waives INF Evans". ESPN.com. Associated Press. July 28, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
- Wilmoth, Charlie (July 28, 2014). "Rakuten Golden Eagles Sign Nick Evans". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
- Eddy, Matt (December 1, 2015). "Minor League Transactions: Nov. 21-27". Baseball America. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Career statistics and player information from Korea Baseball Organization
| Mets Organizational Player of the Year
(with Daniel Murphy)