Mitch Nay

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Mitch Nay
Free agent
Third baseman
Born: (1993-09-20) September 20, 1993 (age 25)
Chandler, Arizona
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Mitchell Ellis Nay (born September 20, 1993) is an American professional baseball third baseman who is a free agent. He was drafted out of high school by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round (58th overall) of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft.

Minor league career[edit]

Nay attended Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona.[1] He began his high school career as a shortstop, but became a third baseman due to the presence of teammate Jorge Flores.[2] As a junior, Nay had a .495 batting average, 14 home runs, and 54 runs batted in (RBI).[3] He won Arizona's Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year Award in 2012,[2] and received a scholarship to attend Arizona State University.[4] USA Baseball named Nay to their youth baseball team.[5]

The Toronto Blue Jays selected Nay in the supplemental first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft, with the 58th overall selection.[5] He signed with Toronto, forgoing his scholarship.[2] He suffered a broken foot and did not make his professional debut until 2013. In 2013, Nay played for the Bluefield Blue Jays of the Rookie-level Appalachian League, where he had a .300 batting average in 64 games. He was promoted to the Vancouver Canadians of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League in time for their playoff chase. He was named the most valuable player (MVP) of the Northwest League playoffs by MiLB.com.[6]

Nay began the 2014 season with the Lansing Lugnuts of the Class A Midwest League.[7] On August 19, while Nay was leading the Midwest League in doubles, the Blue Jays promoted him to the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League.[8] In 120 games in Lansing, he batted .285 with 34 doubles, three home runs, and 59 RBI.[1] Nay played 11 games in Dunedin, batting .185 with one RBI.[1] On September 24, Nay was named the MVP for Lansing in 2014.[9] Nay played the entire 2015 season in Dunedin, and finished the season batting .243 with five home runs and 42 RBI in 109 games played.[1] Due to injuries, Nay appeared in just eight rehab games for the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays in 2016, and batted .091.[1] In 2017, Nay returned to Lansing and spent the whole season there, posting a .222 batting average with 10 home runs and 40 RBIs in 61 games.[10]

On December 14, 2017, Nay was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft.[11] He became a free agent after the 2018 season.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Nay's grandfather, Lou Klimchock, is a former MLB player.[2][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Mitch Nay Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Campbell, Kevin (March 8, 2013). "Chandler-native Mitch Nay started young". Azcentral.com. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  3. ^ Parish, Christopher. "Love of the game drives No. 9 prospect Nay - ESPNHS Baseball - ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  4. ^ "Former baseball player helps children in need". Herald-review.com. April 17, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Toronto Blue Jays select Hamilton's Mitch Nay with No. 58 overall pick in MLB draft". Azcentral.com. June 5, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  6. ^ Lowden, Trevor. "Jays prospect Nay entering family business". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  7. ^ "Toronto Blue Jays prospect Mitch Nay's hot month continues in Class A Lansing's big win - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Midwest notes: Nay learning the hard way - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  9. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (September 24, 2014). "Blue Jays name MVPs in Minor League system". MLB.com. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  10. ^ "Mitch Nay Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  11. ^ "2017 Rule 5 Draft results: Pick-by-pick". MLB.com. December 14, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  12. ^ Eddy, Matt (November 6, 2018). "Minor League Free Agents 2018". Baseball America. Retrieved November 8, 2018.

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