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#14 John Nester - Profile

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Profile
Position: C
Birthday: May 28, 1989
Hometown: Greer, SC
Country:
Bats/Throws:  R/R
Height: 6-1
Weight: 215 lbs
College: Clemson University (SC)

Nester returns to the Railroaders after spending the COVID-shortened 2020 season with the Winnipeg Goldeyes. The 31-year-old was selected by Winnipeg in the ninth round of the American Association Dispersal Draft, and delivered a strong season despite the Goldeyes playing each of their 60 games on the road. Nester finished the season with a .259/.321/.418 slash line, good for a .739 OPS. Nester has produced an OPS of .736 or better in all five of his seasons at the Independent level.


Defensively, Nester’s reputation as the league’s premier backstop was further cemented with an excellent performance behind the plate. Winnipeg allowed only 28 stolen base attempts in 60 games, establishing a new American Association record for fewest attempts per game (0.47). For his career, Nester has thrown out 30% of all base-stealers, including an American Association-best 44% in 2015.


Nester started his professional career with three seasons in the Oakland Athletics organization after being drafted in the 39th round out of Clemson. The 30-year old was released following the 2012 season, and spent the following year with the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League. After an impressive campaign in which he hit .287, Nester was snapped up by the San Diego Padres organization, where he split the 2014 season between three minor league levels. He signed with Wichita in 2015, helping the Wingnuts to a 59-41 record and a South Division title. The 6'1, 210-pounder played in 80 games, hitting .281 with five home runs, 19 doubles, and 43 RBI.


The 2018 campaign marked Nester's first playing time since 2015, as he spent the 2016 and 2017 season as a catching instructor in the San Diego Padres minor league system. Nester spent the majority of 2018 with Wichita, hitting .269 with seven home runs and 50 RBI over 92 games for the American Association club. The backstop finished the year with the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League, appearing in five games and recording four hits.

Pitching

Season Team W L ERA G GS SHO SV IP SO BB H
AA Reg Season 2021 Cleburne Railroaders 0 0 18.00 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 5
Summer 2013 Evansville Otters 0 0 4.50 2 0 0 0 2 2 2 1
Total 0 0 11.25 3 0 0 0 4 3 2 6

Batting

Season Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG
AA Reg Season 2021 Cleburne Railroaders 57 202 23 43 11 0 3 27 20 61 1 .213
All Star Game 2019 South 1 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .333
AA Reg Season 2019 Cleburne Railroaders 85 321 55 89 23 1 16 63 31 80 0 .277
Playoffs 2018 Somerset Patriots 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000
ALPB- 2018 Somerset Patriots 5 18 3 4 0 0 0 1 1 7 0 .222
AA Reg Season 2018 Wichita Wingnuts 92 334 42 90 21 1 7 50 36 90 2 .269
AA Playoffs 2015 Wichita Wingnuts 5 19 1 4 1 0 0 3 0 7 0 .211
AA Reg Season 2015 Wichita Wingnuts 80 288 33 81 19 3 5 43 32 78 2 .281
All-Star Game 2013 East Division 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Summer 2013 Evansville Otters 85 286 40 82 18 1 5 28 32 73 2 .287
Total 412 1476 198 394 94 6 36 215 152 399 7 .267

Pitching Game Log

DATE OPPONENT RES DEC IP R ER H SV BB SO BF OOBP OSLG OAVG ERA WHP
Jun 16 Winnipeg L 4-10 - 2.0 4 4 5 0 0 1 11 .455 .818 .455 18.00 2.50
Aug 31 Schaumburg L 0-14 - 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .333 .143 .143 4.50 1.50
Jul 23 Traverse City L 2-13 - 1.0 1 1 1 0 2 1 6 .500 .250 .250 9.00 3.00

Batting Game Log

DATE OPPONENT RES AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO HP SF SB CS OBP SLG AVG OPS
Jul 29 Gary SouthShore W 4-3 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.292 0.312 0.213 0.604
Jul 28 Gary SouthShore L 7-9 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.293 0.308 0.212 0.601
Jul 27 Gary SouthShore L 1-7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0.290 0.309 0.211 0.599
Jul 24 @Chicago L 2-13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.294 0.314 0.215 0.608
Jul 23 @Chicago L 2-3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.297 0.317 0.217 0.614
Jul 22 @Gary SouthShore W 6-5 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.297 0.317 0.215 0.614
Jul 21 @Gary SouthShore W 4-2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0.298 0.319 0.214 0.617
Jul 20 @Gary SouthShore W 15-5 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.299 0.324 0.218 0.623
Jul 18 Sioux City W 4-3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.296 0.326 0.217 0.622
Jul 17 Sioux City W 10-3 3 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.301 0.331 0.221 0.632
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