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Wil Nieves

37-Year-Old Catcher – San Diego Padres

2015 Stats

AVG

.250

HR

1

RBI

4

R

1

SB

0

2015 Preseason Projections

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2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Nieves hit just .254/.270/.344 with one home run in 122 at-bats with the Phillies last season. An untimely quad injury cost him a chance at additional at-bats while Carlos Ruiz was sidelined with a co...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 11"   WT: 190   DOB: 9/25/1977   BORN: San Juan, Puerto Rico   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 47th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Wil Nieves Contract Information:

Signed a minor league contract with the Padres in February of 2015 that includes an invite to spring training.

April 5, 2015  –  Wil Nieves News

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Nieves was added to the 25-man roster as the backup catcher to Derek Norris, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

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Wil Nieves Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2004 26 AAA SAL 109 439 424 60 125 40 22 8 10 53 3 6 13 64 1 1 0 .295 .315 .455 .770
2005 27 AAA COL 103 410 386 46 113 29 22 3 4 37 1 1 13 39 4 5 2 .293 .315 .396 .711
2005 27 MAJ NYY 3 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2006 28 AAA COL 88 348 321 29 83 18 13 0 5 34 2 1 18 29 6 2 1 .259 .298 .346 .644
2006 28 MAJ NYY 6 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2007 29 AAA SCR 27 98 90 5 23 4 1 2 1 8 1 0 6 10 0 1 1 .256 .306 .344 .650
2007 29 MAJ NYY 26 66 61 6 10 4 4 0 0 8 0 0 2 9 3 0 0 .164 .190 .230 .420
2008 30 AAA COL 9 29 25 3 6 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 3 6 1 0 0 .240 .321 .280 .601
2008 30 MAJ WAS 68 196 176 15 46 11 9 1 1 20 0 1 13 29 5 2 0 .261 .309 .341 .650
2009 31 MAJ WAS 72 249 224 20 58 7 6 0 1 26 1 0 17 45 0 5 3 .259 .313 .299 .612
2010 32 MAJ WAS 59 172 158 10 32 11 8 0 3 16 0 0 8 29 4 1 1 .203 .244 .310 .554
2011 33 AAA NAS 23 95 88 3 15 3 2 0 1 6 0 0 4 11 1 1 1 .170 .213 .227 .440
2011 33 AAA GWI 21 79 71 8 20 3 2 0 1 6 1 0 6 11 1 1 0 .282 .333 .352 .685
2011 33 MAJ MIL 20 54 50 2 7 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 12 1 0 0 .140 .189 .180 .369
2012 34 AAA COL 34 123 111 15 34 7 4 0 3 16 1 1 6 20 4 2 0 .306 .336 .423 .759
2012 34 MAJ COL 16 51 47 3 14 3 2 0 1 5 0 0 3 9 0 1 0 .298 .333 .404 .737
2012 34 MAJ ARI 16 38 36 4 11 2 1 0 1 3 0 1 1 8 1 0 0 .306 .324 .417 .741
2012  (Multiple Teams) 34 MAJ COL/ARI 32 89 83 7 25 5 3 0 2 8 0 1 4 17 1 1 0 .301 .330 .410 .739
2013 35 MAJ ARI 71 206 195 16 58 12 11 0 1 22 0 0 8 32 0 3 0 .297 .320 .369 .689
2014 36 R GUL 6 22 19 3 5 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 .263 .364 .368 .732
2014 36 A+ CLE 2 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
2014 36 AA REA 3 12 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .083 .083 .083 .166
2014 36 MAJ PHI 36 128 122 9 31 9 8 0 1 7 1 0 1 34 2 1 2 .254 .270 .344 .614
2015 37 MAJ SD 1 4 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .250 .250 1.000 1.250
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3-Year Averages     46 139 133 10 38 8 7 0 1 12 0 0 4 27 1 1 0 .286 .304 .361 .665
Career  (View All)     422 1,250 1,155 88 281 66 54 2 10 114 3 2 60 225 16 13 6 .243 .281 .319 .601

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Wil Nieves Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 18 @ChC 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .286 .667 .953
Apr. 17 @ChC Did not play.
Apr. 15 Ari Did not play.
Apr. 14 Ari Did not play.
Apr. 13 Ari Did not play.
Apr. 12 SF 4 1 1 0 0 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 1.000 1.250
Apr. 11 SF Did not play.
Apr. 10 SF Did not play.
Apr. 9 SF Did not play.
Apr. 8 @LAD Did not play.
Apr. 7 @LAD Did not play.
Apr. 6 @LAD Did not play.
Last 7 Days 6 1 1 0 0 1 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .286 .667 .953
Last 14 Days 6 1 1 0 0 1 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .286 .667 .953
Last 30 Days 6 1 1 0 0 1 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .286 .667 .953

Wil Nieves: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2015 2
2014 34 1
2013 47 1
2012 24 2
2011 17
2010 51
2009 71

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Wil Nieves Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2014304120.200.333.559
20137571130.307.387.720

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201561140.167.667.952
2014925051.272.348.632
20131209090.292.358.670

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201541140.2501.0001.250
2014555160.309.436.752
20138661100.314.407.733

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201520000.000.000.333
2014674011.209.269.501
2013109100120.284.339.656
Wil Nieves Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2004 26 AAA SAL 439 424 3% 14.6% 0.20 85% .329 .160
2005 27 AAA COL 410 386 3.2% 9.5% 0.33 90% .318 .103
2005 27 MAJ NYY 4 4 0% 25% 0.00 75% .000 .000
2006 28 AAA COL 348 321 5.2% 8.3% 0.62 91% .272 .087
2006 28 MAJ NYY 6 6 0% 16.7% 0.00 83% .000 .000
2007 29 AAA SCR 98 90 6.1% 10.2% 0.60 89% .278 .088
2007 29 MAJ NYY 66 61 3% 13.6% 0.22 85% .192 .066
2008 30 AAA COL 29 25 10.3% 20.7% 0.50 76% .316 .040
2008 30 MAJ WAS 196 176 6.6% 14.8% 0.45 84% .308 .080
2009 31 MAJ WAS 249 224 6.8% 18.1% 0.38 80% .320 .040
2010 32 MAJ WAS 172 158 4.7% 16.9% 0.28 82% .230 .107
2011 33 AAA NAS 95 88 4.2% 11.6% 0.36 88% .184 .057
2011 33 AAA GWI 79 71 7.6% 13.9% 0.55 85% .322 .070
2011 33 MAJ MIL 54 50 5.6% 22.2% 0.25 76% .184 .040
2012 34 AAA COL 123 111 4.9% 16.3% 0.30 82% .352 .117
2012 34 MAJ COL 51 47 5.9% 17.6% 0.33 81% .351 .106
2012 34 MAJ ARI 38 36 2.6% 21.1% 0.13 78% .370 .111
2012  (Multiple Teams) 34 MAJ COL/ARI 89 83 4.5% 19.1% 0.24 80% .359 .109
2013 35 MAJ ARI 206 195 3.9% 15.5% 0.25 84% .352 .072
2014 36 R GUL 22 19 4.5% 4.5% 1.00 95% .278 .105
2014 36 A+ CLE 4 4 0% 0% 0.00 100% .250 .000
2014 36 AA REA 12 12 0% 16.7% 0.00 83% .100 .000
2014 36 MAJ PHI 128 122 0.8% 26.6% 0.03 72% .345 .090
2015 37 MAJ SD 4 4 0% 25% 0.00 75% .000 .750
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3-Year Averages     139 133 2.9% 19.4% 0.15 80% .352 .075
Career     1,250 1,155 4.8% 18% 0.27 81% .295 .076

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2015 Stat Review for Wil Nieves    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2014 (min 400 PA)

Contact

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.250 AVG
WEAK
75% Contact Rate
POOR
.000 BABIP
LOW
Power

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1.000 SLG
ELITE
.750 ISO
ELITE
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.00 BB/K
TERRIBLE
0.0% BB Rate
TERRIBLE
25.0% K Rate
POOR
OPS/OBP

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1.250 OPS
ELITE
.250 OBP
TERRIBLE

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Wil Nieves: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Nieves received a $100K retention bonus from the Padres on Tuesday, allowing the team to wait until Sunday to decide whether or not it will carry him on the Opening Day roster, the Union-Tribune reports.

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Nieves is batting .176 this spring going into Monday's game against the White Sox but still remains the Padres' top option for the backup catcher spot, the Union-Tribune reports.

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Nieves has the inside track for the Padres' backup catcher spot.

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Nieves will be the starting catcher for Wednesday's spring training opener against Seattle, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.

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Nieves signed a minor league contract with the Padres on Monday that includes an invite to spring training, Corey Brock of the team's official site reports.

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Nieves filed for free agency on Thursday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

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Nieves is getting a start behind the plate for the Phillies on Wednesday, CSN Philly reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2015

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2014

In a backup role in 2013, Nieves played very well. He had plenty of playing time while Miguel Montero was hurt to prove himself and he did so, posting a .297 average as a temporary starter. He was so effective for extended stretches that many in Arizona clamored for a permanent promotion over the struggling Montero. Nieves signed a one-year deal with the Phillies in December, where he will serve as the backup to Carlos Ruiz.

2013

Now 35, Nieves should be positioned to work as a backup catcher again in 2013. Although he hit well in a very small sample with the Rockies and D-Backs last season, the career .229/.274/.301 line is a better indication of what he's likely to do at the plate, and his value comes entirely from his work with the pitching staff. If Nieves breaks camp as Arizona's backup behind Miguel Montero, he'll likely see something in the neighborhood of 15-20 starts over the course of the season as Montero is one of the league's workhorses behind the plate capable of starting 140-plus games on his own.

2011

As cheap backup catcher options go, a team could do worse than Nieves, but not by much. After being let go by the Nats, the Brewers brought him in to compete with George Kottaras for the backup job during spring training. Assuming staff management and defense trump a more serviceable bat, Nieves should have the inside track for that role.

2010

Nieves' abilities got stretched to the limit in 2009 when Jesus Flores went down and he found himself in a timeshare with Josh Bard. He'll never be mistaken for an offensive threat, but Nieves is a solid catch-and-throw guy. However, his playing time looks less certain this season with the Nationals signing Ivan Rodriguez and Flores due back at some point from a shoulder injury.

2009

Nieves posted his usual weak line at the plate, but his defense and a couple of timely hits (including his first big league home run) may have earned him a nice gig as Jesus Flores' backup for a couple of seasons.

2007

As a reserve catcher in New York, handling Randy Johnson or another one of the club's more challenging starting arms is far more important in holding down the job than having a big bat. Nieves has appeared in just nine games for the Yankees over the past two seasons, his future will be elsewhere if he doesn't impress the right people during spring training.

2006

Nieves showed enough at Triple-A Columbus to convince the Yankees he could be a capable backup if one of their catchers went down. He doesn't have any power in his bat, however, and isn't likely to make any kind of major league impact.

2004

Nieves spent 2003 in Triple-A, and his only major league experience came during a brief midseason call-up to replace the Wiki Gonzalez in 2002. With the brothers Molina holding down the catching duties, don't expect Nieves to see the light of day in 2004.

2003

Nieves looked overmatched in a midseason call-up to replace the injured Wiki Gonzalez in 2002. He recorded only four hits in 31 August ABs (.129 BA) after scalding the ball in AAA Portland to start the season. Nieves has yet to master the rare and mysterious skill of taking a pitch -- and eventually a walk.