- Location: Modesto, CA
- League: California League 2005-2019; Low-A West 2021-
- Affiliation: Colorado Rockies 2005-2016; Seattle Mariners 2017-
- Ballpark: John Thurman Field
The Modesto Nuts, formerly of the California League and now in Low-A West, are majority owned by their parent Seattle Mariners - who bought 51 percent of the team after the 2016 campaign. MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization lowered the Nuts, and most of the California League, one level. The Nuts play their home games at John Thurman Field.
Founded as an independent team in 1946, the club joined the St. Louis Browns' (now Baltimore Orioles) farm system in 1948. It has since partnered with seven other big-league teams, one twice – the Athletics both as the Kansas City Athletics, and later as the Oakland Athletics. Despite 16 seasons as the "Modesto Reds", the team was never a Cincinnati farm club.
The team says "Nuts" salutes "the agricultural community in the Central Valley and Stanislaus County … specifically almonds and walnuts … a huge part of who we are."
The classic movie American Graffiti (1973) was set in Modesto, so where (and who) were they in '62? The Modesto Colts, a farm team of the then-Houston Colt .45s, went unmentioned in the "Geez, what a night!" film, but as Curt and Steve struggled with leaving for school – and what was going on in that white T-Bird? – the Colts went 75-65, second to the San Jose Bees.
The Nuts play Copa de la Diversion Hispanic engagement campaign games as Alebrijes de Modesto. An "alebrije" is a colorful wooden folk sculpture popular in Mexico.