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Nick Ciuffo
Baltimore Orioles
Born:March 7, 1995 (age 25)
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Bats: LeftThrows: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 2018, for the Tampa Bay Rays
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Batting average.186
Home runs1
Runs batted in5
  • Tampa Bay Rays (2018–2019)

Nicholas Anthony Ciuffo (born March 7, 1995) is an American professional baseballcatcher for the Baltimore Orioles organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers. Ciuffo attended Lexington High School in Lexington, South Carolina, and was selected by the Rays in the first round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Amateur career[edit]

Injuries have limited him to 138 pro games, during which he has hit.259 with a 23.3 K%. His strikeout rate is as good as anyone could have hoped, but he has struggled to get to his above-average raw power (.371 career SLG) and is just 21-for-30 (70%) on stolen-base attempts.

Medal record
Men’s baseball
Representing United States
World Youth Baseball Championship
2011 Lagos de MorenoNational team

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Ciuffo attended Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, for his freshman and sophomore years, and then transferred to Lexington High School in Lexington, South Carolina.[1][2] As a freshman, Ciuffo was named to the All-Lowcountry team.[2] Lexington won the state's Class 4A championship in 2013,[3] and Ciuffo was named the South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year. In 123 cumulative high school games, Ciuffo had a .401 batting average, 11 home runs, and 93 runs batted in (RBIs).[1] He competed for the United States national baseball team, leading the United States to the gold medal in the 2011 World Youth Baseball Championship.[4]

Ciuffo had been committed to attend the University of South Carolina to play college baseball for the South Carolina Gamecocks.[2] He received the scholarship offer before playing a single high school game.[1][5] However, he was also considered a likely first round pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft, and said that the chances of his signing a contract and forgoing his college commitment are '50-50'.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

Ciuffo was selected in the first round (21st overall) of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft by the Tampa Bay Rays.[6][7] Ciuffo signed with the Rays, receiving a $1,974,700 signing bonus, and reported to the Gulf Coast Rays to begin his professional career.[8][9] He appeared in 43 games for the GCL Rays where he slashed .258/.296/.308.[10]

Ciuffo began the 2014 season in extended spring training, was assigned to the Princeton Rays in June, where he spent the entire season, batting .224 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 52 games.[11] He played with the Bowling Green Hot Rods in 2015 and batted .258 with one home run and 32 RBIs in 94 games.[12] In 2016, with the Charlotte Stone Crabs, Ciuffo compiled a .262 batting average with 15 RBIs and 8 doubles in 59 games. After the 2016 season, Ciuffo was named Tampa Bay's Minor League Defensive Player of the Year.[13] He spent 2017 with the Montgomery Biscuits and posted a .245 batting average with seven home runs and 42 RBIs in 102 games.[14] He was named Tampa Bay's Minor League Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. The Rays invited Ciuffo to spring training in 2018, but he was suspended for 50 games for his second positive test for a drug of abuse.[15][16] In the 2018 season, Ciuffo played for the Durham Bulls of the Class AAAInternational League. Ciuffo hit .262/.301/.380 with five home runs and 28 runs batted in over 60 games.[17]

Major Leagues[edit]

On September 3, 2018, Ciuffo was promoted to the major leagues.[18] Ciuffo slashed .189/.262/.297 with one home run in 37 at-bats.[19]

On June 28, 2019, the Rays designated Ciuffo for assignment.[20] On July 1, 2019 Ciuffo was placed on release waivers.[21]

Cincinnati Reds[edit]


On July 9, 2019, Ciuffo signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds.[22] He became a free agent following the 2019 season.[23]

Texas Rangers[edit]

On December 5, 2019, Ciuffo signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers.[24] He became a free agent on November 2, 2020.

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

On December 21, 2020, Ciuffo signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles organization.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Ciuffo grew up in Mount Pleasant, but moved to Lexington between his sophomore and junior years with his mother. His father, Tony, worked at the College of Charleston as its assistant director of athletics for media relations and the school's radio PBP announcer, which enabled Nick to observe the Charleston baseball team, and future major leaguers Brett Gardner and Michael Kohn.[1][3]


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  2. ^ abc'Wando's Nick Ciuffo gets lofty baseball billing'. The Post and Courier. March 31, 2011. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  3. ^ abFagan, Ryan (June 3, 2013). 'MLB Draft 2013: Get to know high school prospect Nick Ciuffo'. Sporting News. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  4. ^Bilodeau, Kevin (August 28, 2011). 'Nick Ciuffo, USA 16U National Team win Gold Medal'. Live 5 News. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  5. ^Bowman, Philip (December 7, 2009). 'Nick Ciuffo commits to USC'. The Post and Courier. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  6. ^Topkin, Marc (June 6, 2013). 'Rays take high school C Nick Ciuffo, RHP Ryne Stanek'. Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  7. ^Dearing, Chris (June 6, 2013). 'Tampa Bay takes Lexington High catcher Nick Ciuffo with 21st pick in MLB draft'. The State. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  8. ^Philip Bowman (June 20, 2013). 'Nick Ciuffo signs with Tampa Bay Rays, gets $1.97 million Sports'. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
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  10. ^Berry, Adam (January 16, 2014). 'Ciuffo learns importance of slowing down game'. Tampa Bay Rays. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  11. ^Staff (June 17, 2014). 'Ciuffo set for 2014 debut with Rays' rookie league team'. The Post and Courier. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  12. ^Boswell, Jake (April 21, 2015). 'Former MLB First Round Pick Adjusting To Life In Bowling Green'. WBKO. Archived from the original on April 29, 2015. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  13. ^Curtright, Guy (May 18, 2016). 'Ciuffo flaunts cannon in Charlotte'. Minor League Baseball. Archived from the original on May 24, 2016. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  14. ^'Nick Ciuffo Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball'. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  15. ^'Rays prospect Ciuffo among four suspended'. February 10, 2018. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  16. ^'How suspended Rays prospect Nick Ciuffo had to make 'toughest' call ever'. February 13, 2018. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  17. ^'Nick Ciuffo Minor & Fall Leagues Statistics & History'. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  18. ^'Rays call up catching prospect Nick Ciuffo'. February 13, 2018. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  19. ^'Nick Ciuffo Stats, Fantasy & News'. Tampa Bay Rays. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  20. ^'Rays Designate Nick Ciuffo For Assignment'. MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  21. ^'Nick Ciuffo: Gets walking papers'. CBS Sports. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  22. ^'Nick Ciuffo on Instagram'.
  23. ^Matt Eddy (November 7, 2019). 'Minor League Free Agents 2019'. Baseball America. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  24. ^'Corey Ragsdale named Baseball America Minor League Manager of the Year'. December 5, 2019. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
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External links[edit]

  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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