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Nicholas James Vincent (born July 12, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners.

Nick Vincent
San Francisco Giants – No. 61
Relief pitcher
Born: (1986-07-12) July 12, 1986 (age 33)
Poway, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 26, 2012, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
(through May 28, 2019)
Win–loss record20–19
Earned run average3.38
Strikeouts362
Teams

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High school and collegeEdit

Vincent attended Ramona High School in Ramona, California, a town in the foothills northeast of San Diego.[1] He played college baseball at Palomar College and Long Beach State University.

Professional careerEdit

San Diego PadresEdit

The San Diego Padres drafted Vincent in the 18th round (555th overall) of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft. He spent 2009 and 2010 pitching out of the bullpen with the High-A Lake Elsinore Storm of the California League. In his 2010 season, he posted a 1.87 ERA in 81​23 innings with 76 strike-outs. He spent 2011 with the Double-A San Antonio Missions where he had a 2.27 ERA, 89 strike-outs, and held opponents to a .196 batting average in 79​13 innings as a reliever. The Padres added Vincent to the 40 man roster after the 2011 season.[2]

Vincent suffered a severe high ankle sprain in spring training of 2012 and opened the season on the disabled list before joining the Triple-A Tucson Padres in May. Vincent was first promoted to the San Diego Padres on May 18, 2012,[1] but he did not make it into a game before being optioned back to Tucson on May 26.[3] He wasn't throwing well in Tucson and in early June was sent down to San Antonio, where he had a 1.86 ERA in 9 outings.[4] Vincent was then recalled directly to the San Diego Padres and made his Major League debut on June 26, 2012, pitching 2 scoreless innings against the Houston Astros. He earned his first Major League win 2 days later, pitching in relief. He was sent back to Tucson on July 5 after allowing runs in back-to-back appearances, but returned on July 16. He pitched scoreless relief in 3 games before being optioned to Tucson on July 22 when Eric Stults came off the disabled list.[4] Vincent came back to San Diego for the remainder of the season on August 18. He pitched in a total of 26​13 innings with the Padres in 2013 with a 1.71 ERA and 28 strike-outs.

Vincent was sidelined by inflamed tendons in his forearm in spring training of 2013 and began the season with the Tucson Padres.[5] He was called up on May 30 when Anthony Bass was sent to Triple-A.[4] He pitched four scoreless innings in two appearances before being sent back to Tucson. He returned again on June 11 when Burch Smith was sent down and would remain with the San Diego Padres for the rest of the season.[6] Vincent pitched in a total of 46​13 innings in 45 games with the big league club, posting a 2.14 ERA and 49 strike-outs.

Vincent broke Spring Training in 2014 with the Padres and had a stretch of 20 consecutive batters retired in April.[7] He was with the Major League club all year except for a six-week trip to the disabled list with shoulder fatigue in June and July.[8] Vincent finished the year with a 3.60 ERA and 62 strike-outs in 55 innings.

Vincent also began 2015 with the Major League club, but was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on April 10 after the Padres bullpen was used extensively in the first week of the season and required fresh arms.[9] He had two more stints with the Padres in May and June before being called up again on September 1 when rosters expanded.[10] Vincent finished the year with a 2.35 ERA and 22 strike-outs in 23 innings with the Major League club.

Seattle MarinersEdit

Vincent was traded to the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later on March 30, 2016.[11] In his first season with Seattle, Vincent went 4-4 in 60 games. He struck out 65 in ​60 13 innings. In 2017, Vincent appeared in 69 games, recording a record of 3-3 in ​64 23 innings. In 2018, Vincent appeared in 62 games, collecting a record of 4-4 in ​56 13 innings. On November 2, 2018, Vincent elected to become a free agent after clearing waivers and being outrighted off the Mariner's 40-man roster.

San Francisco GiantsEdit

On February 21, 2019, Vincent signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Vincent plays as much golf as possible during the off-season and is a regular at the San Vicente Golf Resort in Ramona.[13]

Vincent and his wife, Jackie,[14] have one daughter, Hazel, who was born in October 2017.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Center, Bill (May 18, 2012). "Ramona High grad Nick Vincent reaches the Padres". U-T San Diego. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  2. ^ Center, Bill (November 18, 2011). "Padres add six prospects to 40-man roster". U-T San Diego. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  3. ^ Buda, Joe (May 26, 2012). "Padres select RHP Matt Palmer from Triple-A Tucson and option RHP Nick Vincent to Tucson". San Diego Informer. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Naiman, Joe (June 5, 2013). "Nick Vincent gets another call-up to Padres". Ramona Sentinel. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  5. ^ Brock, Corey (July 24, 2013). "Vincent proving effective despite injuries". MLB.com. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  6. ^ Brock, Corey (June 11, 2013). "Padres recall RHP Nick Vincent from Triple-A Tucson and option RHP Burch Smith to Tucson". MLB.com. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  7. ^ Lin, Dennis (April 23, 2014). "Morning links: Vincent dominant". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  8. ^ Sanders, Jeff (July 19, 2014). "Morning links: Vincent returning from DL". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  9. ^ Togerson, Derek (April 10, 2015). "Padres Suffer First Major Injury Of 2015". 7 San Diego. NBCSanDiego.com. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  10. ^ Lin, Dennis (September 1, 2016). "Padres bring up two relievers, more to come". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  11. ^ Mariners acquire right-handed reliever Nick Vincent from the Padres for a player to be named later
  12. ^ https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/02/giants-sign-nick-vincent.html
  13. ^ Tamburrino, Bill (November 14, 2012). "Timeout with Tambo: Nick Vincent recalls year's highlights with the Padres". Ramona Sentinel. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  14. ^ "Nelson Cruz, James Paxton and Nick Vincent named Seattle BBWAA award winners". The Seattle Times. September 22, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2018.

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