Ricardo Nanita

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Ricardo Nanita
Ricardo Nanita Chunichi Dragons.jpg
Free agent
Outfielder
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
Teams

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.

Personal[edit]

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.

Career[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  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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