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7 Wil Nieves C
Height/Weight: 5-11/190 | Birthdate: 9/25/1977 | Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: San Diego | College: No College | MLB Experience: 12 | Salary: /images/baseball/mlb/players/170x170/225410.png | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999

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Braves release C Wil Nieves from Triple-A club


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2015) 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.


Braves sign veteran catcher Wil Nieves to minors deal


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) 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). 


Padres catcher Wil Nieves opts for free agency


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) 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.


Padres officially call up Austin Hedges, DFA Wil Nieves


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) 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.


Derek Norris out of Padres lineup on Saturday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) 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. 


Padres' Wil Nieves hits grand slam in win over Giants


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) 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. 


Padres to start Wil Nieves at catcher Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) 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.


Padres catcher Wil Nieves earns roster spot


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) 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.


Padres catcher Wil Nieves receives retention bonus


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) 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.


Padres' Wil Nieves could serve as backup catcher


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) 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."


Padres C Wil Nieves expresses familiarity with NL West hitters


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Wil Nieves, who is competing for the Padres' backup catcher role this spring, expressed familiarity with the division's hitters after spending time with the Rockies and Diamondbacks in recent years, MLB.com reports.

"I've played so many years in the NL and have seen many of the same hitters year after year after year, I already know how to pitch most of these guys, especially guys in this division," Nieves said.

Nieves is competing with Tim Federowicz and has the edge in experience in the battle to back up Derek Norris.

"Those three guys have good heads on their shoulders," manager Bud Black said of the three catchers.

Nieves spent 2014 with the Phillies, hitting .254/.270/.344 with one home run in 122 at-bats.


Padres sign catcher Wil Nieves to minor-league deal


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2015) The Padres have announced the signing of catcher Wil Nieves to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Nieves played in 36 games in 2014 for the Phillies, posting a .254/.344/.614 batting line. Nieves was originally drafted by San Diego in 1995 and played one year for the club in 2002.


Cliff Lee's activation off DL among Phillies roster moves


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) The Phillies made a slew of roster moves before Monday's game against the Giants, which included activating starting pitcher Cliff Lee (elbow) off the 60-day disabled list.

The Phillies also activated infielder Reid Brignac (ankle) and catcher Wil Nieves (quadriceps) from the 15-day disabled list.

Outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. was designated for assignment, while infielder Cesar Hernandez was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Catcher Koyie Hill was outrighted off the roster.


Wil Nieves still not running at full speed on rehab


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Phillies catcher Wil Nieves will stay on his rehab assignment in rookie league through Tuesday or Wednesday, according to MLB.com, as he continues to work his way back from a strained right quad.

Nieves has been playing in rehab games for the last few days, including, catching, but he has not been able to run at full speed yet. Nieves was eligible to come off the DL Friday, but will not return until at least next week now. 


Wil Nieves catching in GCL games


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Phillies catcher Wil Nieves is eligible to return from the disabled list Friday, but is unlikely to come back just then.

According to MLB.com, Nieves will catch half a game for the Gulf Coast League affiliate Thursday, and could catch an entire game Friday. Whether he will be activated from the DL after is not yet known. 


Wil Nieves begins rehab program in Florida


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Phillies catcher Wil Nieves traveled to Florida to begin a rehab program at the team's spring training complex Thursday, according to MLB.com. Nieves is working his way back from a strained right quad. 

Phillies make a pair of roster moves Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) The Phillies announced catcher Wil Nieves was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday due to a right quadriceps strain. Outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. was reinstated from the restricted list to take his roster spot.

Wil Nieves available off bench


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Phillies backup catcher Wil Nieves was available off the bench beginning Thursday, manager Ryne Sandberg told MLB.com Friday. Nieves left Wednesday's game with leg cramping. 

Wil Nieves out of the lineup Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Phillies catcher Wil Nieves was out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cardinals, as he continues to recover from a leg injury. Nieves was removed from the team's game late Wednesday as a result of the injury, and remains day to day moving forward.  

Wil Nieves exits game Wednesday with leg injury


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Phillies catcher Wil Nieves was removed from Wednesday's game after feeling a pop in his right quadriceps, MLB.com reports.

"Feeling the hamstring cramping, I think it's just hydration," Nieves said. "I'll drink some water and get a couple of anti-inflammatories, and hopefully it'll be fine."

Nieves hopes to avoid a stint on the 15-day disabled list, but the team will know more about the nature of his injury Thursday. After going 3 for 6 with two doubles Wednesday, Nieves has hit .259/.273/.407 with one home run and four RBI in 54 at-bats.


Wil Nieves finally belts first home run of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Phillies catcher Wil Nieves finally put one over the fences on Sunday against the Reds.

Nieves took Tony Cingrani deep in the second inning for a solo shot, his first home run of the season. He added a single and finished 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI in an 8-3 victory. He is hitting .333 with four RBI in 30 at-bats.

Wil Nieves deal becomes official


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/5/2013) The Phillies finalized their one-year deal with catcher Wil Nieves Thursday. Nieves will have a $1.125 million base salary with the potential to earn $500,000 more.

Nieves was the backup to Miguel Montero in Arizona last year, but he fared well as a fill-in starter when Montero was sidelined in July and August. He'll back up Carlos Ruiz in Philadelphia.


Heyman: Wil Nieves to sign with Phillies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2013) Free agent catcher Wil Nieves will sign with the Phillies, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports on Tuesday. Nieves batted .297 with one home run and 22 RBI last season for the Diamondbacks.

Diamondbacks file for free agency


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2013) Diamondbacks third baseman Eric Chavez, catcher Wil Nieves and utility player Willie Bloomquist have declared free agency.

Of them, Chavez played the biggest role in 2013, hitting nine homers in 228 at-bats, but he may be expendable with the emergence of 22-year-old Matt Davidson.


Wil Nieves hits first home run of season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2013) Diamondbacks catcher Wil Nieves connected on his first home run of the season in his team's 7-6 win over the Orioles Monday night. It was the only hit in four at-bats for Nieves.

Nieves, who has hit .354/.373/.433 in 127 at-bats, will continue to fill in at catcher until Miguel Montero returns.