Nick Nosti

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Biographical Information[edit]

Nick Nosti has played in Italy and for the Italian national team.

Nosti redshirted at Sonoma State University as a freshman then transferred to the College of Marin for two years. [1] He returned to Sonoma State and hit .315/.384/.365 in 2007 and .381/.436/.484 in 2008 with 56 runs in 65 games. [2] He played for Rovigo in the Italian minors starting in 2010. [3] He made it to the Italian Baseball League in 2013 with Fortitudo Bologna and hit .228/.363/.293 in the regular season with 17 walks, 12 steals in 12 tries and 23 runs in 24 games while playing error-free in the outfield (5 A, 0 E). He hit .294/.333/.353 in the semifinals. He was 5th in the league in swipes. [4] He excelled in the 2013 European Cup, hitting .533/.611/.733 in the round-robin with 5 runs, 6 RBI and one homer (off Jonathan Eisenhuth of Regensburg). To that point, he was second in average (.005 behind Francesco Fuzzi), first in slugging (.086 ahead of Matěj Hejma), 1st in OBP (.011 ahead of Fuzzi), tied for 6th in runs, tied for 2nd in hits (with Bjorn Hato and Joe Mazzuca), tied for 2nd in RBI (with Christopher Howard and Juan Carlos Infante) and tied for 3rd in total bases (with Hejma). In the Regensburg finale, he came up big in a 7-6 win over T&A San Marino, singling in the 7th off Jim Magrane and being driven in by Chris Aguila to tie it at 4. Then, in the bottom of the 9th, down 6-5, he singled off former major leaguer Darwin Cubillan, stole second and scored on an Aguila hit to again it as Bologna rallied to win. [5]

He moved to Padova the next season. He had a big year - .380/.466/.620, 12 SB in 13 tries. He led the 2014 Italian Baseball League in average (9 points ahead of Jairo Ramos Gizzi), slugging (.099 ahead of former major leaguer Oscar Salazar and Willie Vasquez) and steals (one ahead of Filippo Pacini). He was second in OBP (.045 behind former major leaguer Alex Romero) and tied for the lead with 2 triples (even with Erick Epifano, Mazzuca and Carlos Duran). [6] He did not win a Silver Slugger surprisingly; Romero, Duran and Stefano Desimoni were picked in the outfield.

Nick's batting line fell in 2015 - .274/.376/.370, 15 R in 19 G in the main phase and .176/.300/.265 in 10 games in the secondary phase. [7] He tied Freddy Noguera for 3rd in the loop with 8 steals but led with 6 times caught. [8] Things became easier in 2016 when he became classified "ASI", no longer counting as a foreign player after six seasons in Italy. [9] He produced at a .305/.383/.382 clip for Padova with 9 steals in 16 tries. He was 10th in the 2016 IBL in average, 9th in hits, 3rd in steals (behind Paolino Ambrosino and Carlos Colmenares) and first in caught stealing. [10] He joined Ambrosino and Sebastiano Poma as the Silver Sluggers in the outfield. [11]

Now counting as Italian, he played for Italy in the 2016 European Championship. In his debut, he replaced Alex Liddi during a 21-2 rout of Greece and was retired by Andy Orfanakos his first time up, going 0 for 3 for the day. His first hit came against MLB vet Rhiner Cruz, a bunt single when he pinch-hit for Marco Sabbatani in the 9th. Backing up Liddi in RF, Poma in LF and Desimoni in CF, he hit .278/.381/.333 for the event with 4 runs in 7 games. Italy won the Bronze. [12]

He switched back to Bologna for 2017. He did very well in the 2017 European Champions Cup, hitting .438/.500/.500 with 7 runs in 4 round-robin games, including 3 runs against the Rouen Huskies. He was second in runs (one behind Fuzzi), tied Fuzzi for 9th in average and tied for 3rd in hits (7, one shy of Ambrosino and Robel Garcia). He was 1 for 4 with a walk and was caught stealing in the championship game loss to Neptunus. [13] He hit .372/.446/.463 in the 2017 IBL with 33 runs in 31 games. He placed on the leaderboards in average (5th, between Jose Flores and Epifano), OBP (5th, between Flores and Ronald Bermudez), runs (2nd, 3 behind Osman Marval), hits (45, 5th), doubles (9, tied for 9th with Leonardo Zileri) and total bases (56, 9th). [14]

Nosti was 1 for 5 in the 2018 European Champions Cup. [15] That limited time was not reflective of his time in the regular season - .349/.406/.477, 23 R in 24 G. He was 10th in the 2018 Serie A1 (the IBL having reverted to his older name) in average, 10th in runs, 10th in RBI (20), tied for 5th in steals (6, even with Aldo Koutsoyanopulos and Desimoni) and tied with Anderson Hidalgo for first with 4 sacrifice flies. He hit .214/.214/.357 in the semifinals. In the 2018 Italian Series, he batted .222/.263/.333 as Bologna beat Parma. He tied Koutsoyanopulos for the Series lead with two steals. [16]