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Nick Vincent (baseball)

Nicholas James Vincent (born July 12, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies.[1] Vincent was drafted by the Padres in the 18th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft, and made his major league debut in 2012.

Nick Vincent
Free agent
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 2019 season)
Win–loss record21–21
Earned run average3.32

High school and collegeEdit

Vincent was born in Poway, California, to Randy and Jill Vincent.[2][3] He attended Ramona High School (Class of 2004) in Ramona, California, a town in the foothills northeast of San Diego.[4][5] In 2004 he was 6-6 with a 2.73 ERA, and was named Valley League Pitcher of the Year.[3]

He played college baseball at Palomar College, a junior college, and Long Beach State University, where he majored in criminal justice.[3] As a freshman at Palomar in 16 games (15 starts) he was 9-2 with a 1.51 ERA in 101 innings.[3] As a sophomore at Palomar he was 6-3 in 14 starts over 97.1 innings, with a 2.96 ERA.[3] He was named first team All-Pacific Coast League in 2006 and 2007 for Palomar.[3] As a junior at Long Beach State he switched to the bullpen, and in 26 games was 4-0 with two saves and a 1.76 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 30.2 innings.[6]

Professional careerEdit

San Diego PadresEdit

Vincent was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 18th round (555th overall) of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft.[7][1] He spent 2009 and 2010 pitching out of the bullpen with the High-A Lake Elsinore Storm of the California League.[8] In 2009 he was second in the league in appearances, with 59.[9] In 2010, Vincent posted a 1.87 earned run average (ERA) in 81​23 innings with 76 strikeouts.

He spent 2011 with the Double-A San Antonio Missions, posting a 2.27 ERA, 89 strikeouts, and held opponents to a .196 batting average in 79​13 innings over 66 games (leading the league) as a reliever, and was named a Texas League mid-season All Star.[2][10] The Padres added Vincent to their 40-man roster after the 2011 season.[11]

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. He was first promoted to the big leagues on May 18, 2012,[4] but did not make it into a game before being optioned back to Tucson on May 26.[12][8] Vincent 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.[13] He was then recalled directly to the Padres and made his MLB debut on June 26, 2012,[1] pitching 2 scoreless innings against the Houston Astros. Vincent earned his first big league win two 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. Vincent pitched scoreless relief in 3 games before being optioned to Tucson on July 22 when Eric Stults came off the disabled list.[13] He came back to San Diego for the remainder of the season on August 18. For the 2012 Padres Vincent was 2-0 in 26​13 innings pitched over 27 relief appearances, with a 1.71 ERA and 28 strikeouts.[14]

Vincent was sidelined by inflamed tendons in his forearm in spring training of 2013 and began the season with the Tucson Padres.[15] He was called up on May 30 when Anthony Bass was sent to Triple-A.[13] Vincent 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 remained with the Padres for the rest of the season.[16] In 2013 Vincent was 6-3 with one save and pitched in a total of 46​13 innings in 45 games with the big league club, posting a 2.14 ERA and 49 strikeouts.[14]

The Padres broke 2014 training camp with Vincent in their bullpen; he had a stretch of 20 consecutive batters retired in April.[17] Vincent 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.[18] He finished 2014 with a record of 1-2, and with a 3.60 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 55 innings over 63 relief appearances.[14] He stranded 42 of 48 inherited runners (85.7%), the fifth-best rate among National League relievers.[19]

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.[20] He had two more stints with the Padres in May and June before being called up again on September 1 when rosters expanded.[21] With El Paso in 2015, he was 5-3 with a 3.04 ERA, and had 68 strikeouts in 50.1 innings for a 12.16 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched ratio, the highest rate of any Triple-A pitcher in 2015.[19] Vincent finished 2015 with a record of 0-1 and a 2.35 ERA, and 22 strikeouts in 23 innings over 26 relief appearances with the Major League club.[14]

Seattle MarinersEdit

Vincent was traded to the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later on March 30, 2016.[22] In his first season with Seattle, in 2016 he went 4-4 with three saves in 60 games with a 3.73 ERA, and struck out 65 in ​60 13 innings.[7]

In 2017, Vincent appeared in 69 games, recording a record of 3-3 with a 3.20 ERA in ​64 23 innings, as he had 29 holds (second-most in the major leagues, and the second-most in team history).[14][19] In 2018, he appeared in 62 games (one start), collecting a record of 4-4 with a 3.99 ERA and 56 strikeouts 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.[7]

San Francisco GiantsEdit

On February 21, 2019, Vincent signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants.[23] On July 28, he was designated for assignment.[24] Vincent was released on August 2.[7] With the Giants in 2019 he was 0-2 with a 5.58 ERA over 18 appearances (one start), with 30 strikeouts in 30.2 innings.[14]

Philadelphia PhilliesEdit

On August 10, 2019, Vincent signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was assigned to the AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs, with whom he was 0-0 with a 1.46 ERA, as in 10 relief appearances he pitched 12.1 innings in which he walked one and struck out 13 batters.[7] On September 1, the Phillies selected Vincent's contract. With the Phillies in 2019 he was 1-2 with a 1.93 ERA, as in 14 relief appearances he pitched 14 innings and struck out 17 batters.[25]

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.[26]

Vincent and his wife, Jackie,[27] have one daughter, Hazel, who was born in October 2017.


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  2. ^ a b Nick Vincent Stats, Highlights, Bio | Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
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  5. ^ Vincent Has Petco Goal - Long Beach State University Athletics
  6. ^ Nick Vincent - The Baseball Cube
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  9. ^ 2009 California League Pitching Leaders |
  10. ^ 2011 Texas League Pitching Leaders |
  11. ^ Center, Bill (November 18, 2011). "Padres add six prospects to 40-man roster". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ a b c Naiman, Joe (June 5, 2013). "Nick Vincent gets another call-up to Padres". Ramona Sentinel. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  14. ^ a b c d e f Nick Vincent Stats |
  15. ^ Brock, Corey (July 24, 2013). "Vincent proving effective despite injuries". Major League Baseball. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  16. ^ Brock, Corey (June 11, 2013). "Padres recall RHP Nick Vincent from Triple-A Tucson and option RHP Burch Smith to Tucson". Major League Baseball. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  17. ^ Lin, Dennis (April 23, 2014). "Morning links: Vincent dominant". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  18. ^ Sanders, Jeff (July 19, 2014). "Morning links: Vincent returning from DL". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  19. ^ a b c Nick Vincent Stats, Fantasy & News |
  20. ^ Togerson, Derek (April 10, 2015). "Padres Suffer First Major Injury Of 2015". 7 San Diego. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  21. ^ Lin, Dennis (September 1, 2016). "Padres bring up two relievers, more to come". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  22. ^ Mariners acquire right-handed reliever Nick Vincent from the Padres for a player to be named later
  23. ^ Giants Sign Nick Vincent - MLB Trade Rumors
  24. ^ "Giants' Nick Vincent: DFA'd by San Francisco". CBS Sports. RotoWire Staff. July 28, 2019. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  25. ^ "Nick Vincent Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  26. ^ Tamburrino, Bill (November 14, 2012). "Timeout with Tambo: Nick Vincent recalls year's highlights with the Padres". Ramona Sentinel. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  27. ^ "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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