Wil Nieves

C / San Diego Padres / EXP: YRS Height: Weight: lb Age: College: None Bats/Throws -/-

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    • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

      Braves release C Wil Nieves from Triple-A club

      The Braves have released veteran catcher Wil Nieves from Triple-A Gwinnett, per Baseball America. Nieves was designated for assignment in early May, but opted for free agency. He then signed a minor league deal with Atlanta that reportedly had a July 1 opt-out date, but the Braves have since chosen to release him. The Braves indicated their feelings about Nieves when they acquired fellow catcher Ryan Lavarnway to back up starter A.J. Pierzynski after demoting Christian Bethancourt. Nieves, who opened the season in the majors with San Diego, owned a slash line of .238/.324/.286 at Gwinnett before losing his job.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Braves sign veteran catcher Wil Nieves to minors deal

      The Braves have reportedly signed veteran catcher Wil Nieves to a minor league contract, according to MLB.com. Nieves elected free agency after he was designated for assignment by the Padres earlier this month. He had one hit (a home run) in 13 at-bats before being let go. Nieves will provide the Braves with catching depth. Currently, veteran A.J. Pierzynski and rookie Christian Bethancourt have been sharing time behind the plate for manager Fredi Gonzalez. The two have combined to hit .254 with three home runs so far, with Bethancourt really struggling offensively (he has just nine hits in 52 at-bats).

    • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

      Padres catcher Wil Nieves opts for free agency

      Padres catcher Wil Nieves has cleared waivers outright and opted for free agency, according to MLB.com. Nieves, who was designated for assignment when the team called up prospect Austin Hedges, hit just .077 with four RBI in 13 at-bats this season for San Diego.

    • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

      Padres officially call up Austin Hedges, DFA Wil Nieves

      The Padres have officially called up catching prospect Austin Hedges from Triple-A El Paso and designated catcher Wil Nieves for assignment, the team announced Monday. Hedges hit .343 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 67 at-bats in Triple-A. He has spent the first four-plus seasons of his career in the Padres' farm system and is considered the No. 4 prospect in the organization, according to Baseball America. Manager Bud Black said Monday Hedges will make a start during their series against San Francisco. Nieves was hitting just .077 with one home run and four RBI in 13 at-bats this season.

    • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

      Derek Norris out of Padres lineup on Saturday

      Padres catcher Derek Norris is not in the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game at the Cubs. Norris is replaced in the lineup by Wil Nieves, who will catch and bat eighth in his second game of the 2015 season.

    • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

      Padres' Wil Nieves hits grand slam in win over Giants

      Padres catcher Wil Nieves hit a grand slam in Sunday afternoon's 6-4 victory over the Giants. Nieves took a 1-1 pitch off of Jake Peavy over the left field wall in the fourth inning. It was Nieves' first home run of the season. He scored Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Will Middlebrooks. That was Nieves' lone hit of the game as he went 1 for 4 with a strikeout. "I was excited," Nieves said, via MLB.com. "I know my No. 1 job when I'm catching is to call a good game, and anything I can do with the bat is a plus. Peavy made a mistake and I put a good swing on it, and thankfully it went out of the ballpark." Nieves is now batting .250 for the season.

    • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

      Padres to start Wil Nieves at catcher Sunday

      Padres manager Bud Black has decided to start Wil Nieves at catcher Sunday against the Giants to give Derek Norris the day off, reports MLB.com. It will be Nieves' first start of the season and first in a Padre uniform since 2002. He hit .254 with one home run and seven RBI in 122 at-bats in 2014 with the Phillies.

    • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

      Padres catcher Wil Nieves earns roster spot

      Padres backup catcher Wil Nieves has earned a roster spot with the club, the team announced Sunday. Nieves signed a minor-league deal with the club during the offseason and received a $100,000 retention bonus last week when he was still on the roster. Nieves hit .194 with a double and an RBI in 31 plate appearances this spring.

    • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

      Padres catcher Wil Nieves receives retention bonus

      Padres backup catcher Wil Nieves received a $100,000 retention bonus Tuesday for still being on the team in spring training, reports U-T San Diego. Nieves, who signed a minor-league contract with San Diego this offseason, may still not make the roster, as the team has until Sunday to make its final roster moves before Opening Day. Nieves is hitting .214 this spring with one RBI in 28 plate appearances.

    • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

      Padres' Wil Nieves could serve as backup catcher

      Padres veteran Wil Nieves is first in line to snag the team's backup catcher role this season, reports UT San Diego. Nieves slides into the role after Tim Federowicz tore his meniscus, which will keep him sidelined for at least three months. Manager Bud Black couldn't be happier to have someone like Nieves in camp as a possible replacement. "Actually, a couple of years ago, he had a nice year in Arizona," Black said. "I knew Wil from our days back with the Angels (Black was the Angels' pitching coach when Nieves was with the organization from 2003-04), so I know what he brings to a club. He's going to have to do his thing to show that he's still very capable of being on a big-league club, and he's doing his part. He's doing fine."

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