Ricardo Nanita

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Ricardo Nanita
Ricardo Nanita Chunichi Dragons.jpg
Free agent
Born: (1981-06-12) June 12, 1981 (age 37)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bats: Left Throws: Left
NPB debut
March 27, 2015, for the Chunichi Dragons
NPB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Batting average .293
Home runs 8
Runs batted in 50

Ricardo Michael Nanita (born June 12, 1981) is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder who is currently a free agent. He has played in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Chunichi Dragons and for the Dominican Republic national baseball team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.


Nanita attended Chipola College, and then transferred to Florida International University (FIU), where he played college baseball for the FIU Panthers baseball team.[1] The Chicago White Sox drafted Nanita in the 14th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball draft.


Chicago White Sox[edit]

Nanita spent his first season in the minors with White Sox affiliate Great Falls in the Pioneer League registering a .384 batting average with 37 RBIs in 212 plate appearances.[2]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

Nanita played for the Toronto Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate Las Vegas 51s in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.[3] The Blue Jays invited him to spring training in 2013.[4]

Medal record
Representing Dominican Republic
Men's Baseball
World Baseball Classic
Gold medal – first place 2013 San Francisco Team
Central American and Caribbean Games
Gold medal – first place 2010 Mayagüez Team

Nanita played for the Dominican Republic national baseball team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.[5]

Nanita started the 2013 season with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. He was promoted to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on May 21.[6]

On January 20, 2014, the Blue Jays announced that Nanita had been signed to a minor league contract for 2014 with an invitation to major league spring training.[3] He was assigned to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons before the end of spring training. Nanita was transferred to the temporarily inactive list on May 11, 2014, after he opened the season batting .118 over 6 games.[7] On May 17, it was announced that Nanita had been loaned to the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League.

Chunichi Dragons[edit]

Nanita was signed by the Chunichi Dragons of Nippon Professional Baseball on December 15, 2014.[8]

On October 29, 2016, it was confirmed that Nanita would be released from the Dragons along with Leyson Séptimo, Juan Jaime, Drew Naylor, and Anderson Hernández.[9][10]

Guerreros de Oaxaca[edit]

On March 14, 2018, Nanita signed with the Guerreros de Oaxaca of the Mexican League.[11] He was released on March 30, 2018.


  1. ^ Richard Griffin (March 3, 2014). "Blue Jays' minor-league outfielder Ricardo Nanita dreams of a shot in the majors: Griffin | Toronto Star". Thestar.com. Retrieved June 20, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Baseball Reference". Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Jays sign Ricardo Nanita". Buffalo Bisons. January 20, 2014. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ricardo Nanita y su familia disfrutan su juego". Noticias SIN. February 21, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2017. 
  5. ^ Calcaterra, Craig (March 1, 2013). "Can Japan be beat? Previewing the World Baseball Classic | HardballTalk". Hardballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved June 20, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Nanita, Weber join Bisons Beck falls on DL, Batista released". May 21, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ Mueller, Ryan (May 11, 2014). "This Week in the Blue Jays Minor Leagues". jaysjournal.com. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "新外国人選手獲得のお知らせ". May 21, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ "中日ナニータら外国人5選手と契約更新せず (Nanita and 4 other foreign players not given renewals)" (in Japanese). Sports Nikkan. October 28, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  10. ^ "中日 ナニータ、エルナンデスら外国人5選手が戦力外 成績残せず (Chunichi: Nanita, Hernandez and 3 others released; did not leave an impact)" (in Japanese). Sponichi. October 28, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Ricardo Nanita vestirá el jersey bélico" (in Spanish). Retrieved March 14, 2018. 

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