John Nester

#17 JOHN NESTER – C
Height: 6-1 Weight: 215
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Born: Huntington, West Virginia
Resides: Greer, South Carolina
High School: Riverside (Greer, South Carolina)
College: Clemson University (Clemson, South Carolina – “Tigers”)
Draft: 39th – OAK – 2010
Born: 5/28/89 Opening Night Age: 31
Classification: VETERAN

Career Highlights: Ninth season of professional baseball and first with the Goldeyes…acquired by the Goldeyes from the Cleburne Railroaders on 6/16/20 in the American Association dispersal draft (Round 9, Pick 3)…career .252 average with 42 home runs and 258 RBI in 587 games played…269 career runs scored with 123 doubles, seven triples, 12 stolen bases, and 232 walks…career 30 percent caught stealing rate, and has finished at 31 percent or higher in each of the past three seasons…has committed just 48 passed balls in 505 career games at catcher, and has finished with single-digit passed balls in seven of eight professional seasons…2019 American Association Postseason All-Star at catcher…led the American Association with a 44 percent caught stealing rate while playing for the Wichita Wingnuts in 2015 (fourth-highest single-season mark in league history)…has helped a team reach the postseason in seven of first eight years as a professional…hit for the cycle on 8/20/19 while playing for the Cleburne Railroaders…drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 39th round in 2010…served as the San Diego Padres’ roving catching instructor from 2016-17…played three seasons of college baseball at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina from 2008-10…hit a combined .274 for the Tigers with 10 home runs and 62 RBI in 139 collegiate games…played for the Cape Cod League’s Falmouth Commodores in 2009…played at Riverside High School in Greer, South Carolina…school was ranked 11th overall during junior season in 2006, and fourth overall during freshman season in 2004…full name is John Michael Nester

2019
High Point (Atlantic/Ind.): Appeared in eight games for the Rockers, going 4-for-26 (.154) with one home run and five RBI…scored two runs with one double and three walks…4-for-6 (67%) in throwing out opposing base stealers…2-for-4 with a run, a home run, and three RBI on 9/19 at New Britain…helped Rockers reach the Atlantic League playoffs

Cleburne (American Association/Ind.): Hit .277 with 16 home runs and 63 RBI for the Railroaders in 85 games…55 runs scored with 23 doubles, one triple, and 31 walks…had a .342 on-base percentage and a.505 slugging percentage…tied for 16th in the American Association in doubles, tied for 12th in home runs (first in home runs among catchers), 16th in RBI (first in RBI among catchers), and 11th in slugging percentage (first in slugging percentage among catchers)…finished third in the American Association with a 34 percent caught stealing rate…committed just five passed balls…tied for 13th in the American Association in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) among position players, and first among catchers (3.3)…also ranked second in defensive WAR among catchers (1.09)…American Association Postseason All-Star at catcher…voted starting catcher for the South Division at the American Association All-Star Game…hit safely in 60 of 85 games…had 24 multi-hit games, including three 3-hit games and one 4-hit game…had 9-game hitting streak from 6/1-6/11 (13-for-32, .406)…had an RBI in five consecutive games from 6/2-6/7 (six total RBI)…scored three runs while going 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, and an RBI on 6/4 at Sioux Falls…had 8-game hitting streak from 6/26-7/4 (15-for-31, .484)…scored a run in six consecutive games from 6/26-7/2 (11 total runs)…3-for-4 with two runs, a home run, and three RBI on 6/27 vs. Lincoln…hit two home runs while going 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI on 6/28 at Texas…3-for-5 with two runs and a double on 6/29 at Texas…scored three runs while going 1-for-3 with a home run and an RBI on 7/4 vs. Chicago…had three RBI while going 2-for-6 with a run and a double on 7/12 at Gary SouthShore…1-for-3 with a run and a double at the American Association All-Star Game on 7/23 at CHE Field in St. Paul…3-for-5 with two runs, a home run, and three RBI on 7/28 at Chicago…had three RBI while going 2-for-5 with two runs and a home run on 7/29 at Chicago…had an RBI in five consecutive games from 8/13-8/17 (eight total RBI)…hit for the first cycle in franchise history on 8/20 at Sioux Falls, going 4-for-5 with four runs, a double, a triple, a home run, and two RBI…had three RBI while going 2-for-4 with a double on 8/24 vs. Texas

2018
Somerset (Atlantic/Ind.): Appeared in five games for the Patriots, going 4-for-18 (.222) with one RBI…scored three runs with one walk…5-for-7 (71%) in throwing out opposing base stealers…2-for-3 with a run on 9/12 vs. Southern Maryland…helped Patriots reach the Atlantic League playoffs

Wichita (American Association/Ind.): Hit .269 with seven home runs and 50 RBI for the Wingnuts in 92 games…42 runs scored with 21 doubles, one triple, two stolen bases, and 36 walks…had a .348 on-base percentage and a .401 slugging percentage…threw out 27 percent of opposing base stealers…committed just six passed balls…tied for fifth in defensive Wins Above Replacement (dWAR) among American Association catchers (1.02)…hit safely in 55 of 92 games…had 24 multi-hit games, including seven 3-hit games and two 4-hit games…had three RBI while going 1-for-3 with a double on 5/23 at Lincoln…4-for-5 with two runs on 6/12 at Cleburne…3-for-4 with two runs and a double on 6/26 at Winnipeg…had 12-game hitting streak from 7/4-7/16 (18-for-46, .391)…scored a run in five consecutive games from 7/4-7/8 (seven total runs)…hit grand slam while going 1-for-3 with a run and five RBI on 7/15 vs. Texas…3-for-5 with two runs, a home run, and three RBI on 7/27 at Sioux Falls…had four RBI while going 3-for-3 with a run and a double on 7/29 at Sioux Falls…had three RBI while going 2-for-5 on 8/12 at Cleburne…4-for-4 with three runs, a double, a home run, and three RBI on 8/16 vs. Lincoln…2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI on 8/28 vs. Gary SouthShore

2015
Wichita (American Association/Ind.): Hit .281 with five home runs and 43 RBI for the Wingnuts in 80 games…scored 33 runs with 19 doubles, three triples, two stolen bases, and 32 walks…had a .354 on-base percentage and a .420 slugging percentage…ranked first in the American Association with a 44 percent caught stealing rate…committed just six passed balls…hit safely in 60 of 80 games…had 19 multi-hit games, including two 3-hit games…had 7-game hitting streak from 5/22-5/30 (8-for-25, .320)…drew three walks while going 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI on 5/29 vs. Grand Prairie…had 8-game hitting streak from 6/14-6/22 (12-for-26, .462)…2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI on 7/12 vs. Kansas City…had four RBI while going 2-for-3 with a double on 7/23 at Laredo…had 7-game hitting streak from 8/16-8/25 (13-for-28, .464)…had four RBI while going 1-for-4 with a run, and a home run on 8/21 vs. Laredo…3-for-4 with a run and two doubles on 8/22 vs. Laredo…2-for-4 with two runs, two doubles, and four RBI on 9/4 vs. Amarillo…helped the Wingnuts reach the American Association playoffs…had three RBI in five postseason games…following the 2015 season, hired by the San Diego Padres to serve as their minor league roving catching instructor

2014
Lake Elsinore (California/A+/San Diego): Hit .211 with one home run and nine RBI in 36 games for the Storm…14 runs scored with eight doubles and 15 walks…committed just three passed balls…had five multi-hit games…2-for-3 with a run and a double on 4/15 at Rancho Cucamonga…helped Storm reach the California League playoffs

Fort Wayne (Midwest/A/San Diego): Appeared in 14 games for the TinCaps, going 15-for-50 (.300) with two RBI…scored 11 runs with four doubles and five walks…hit safely in 10 of 14 games…had five multi-hit games…scored three runs while going 2-for-5 with a double on 8/26 vs. Bowling Green…helped TinCaps reach the Midwest League playoffs…6-for-14 (.429) with a home run and two RBI in four playoff games

Padres (Arizona/R/San Diego): Appeared in six games for the Padres’ Arizona League affiliate, going 4-for-18 (.222) with three RBI…one run scored with one double…hit safely in four of six games

2013
Evansville (Frontier/Ind.): Hit .287 with five home runs and 28 RBI for the Otters in 86 games…scored 40 runs with 18 doubles, one triple, two stolen bases, and 32 walks…had a .360 on-base percentage and a .409 slugging percentage…ranked fifth in the Frontier League with a 34 percent caught stealing rate…committed just six passed balls…Frontier League All-Star…hit safely in 59 of 86 games…had 21 multi-hit games, including three 3-hit games…3-for-4 with a run, a double and a triple on 6/14 at Washington…had 9-game hitting streak from 7/14-7/28 (13-for-35, .371)…3-for-6 with a run and a double on 7/31 at Southern Illinois…had 7-game hitting streak from 8/10-8/17 (9-for-25, .360)…3-for-3 with two runs, a double, a home run, and two RBI on 8/25 vs. Road Greys…made relief pitching appearance on 8/31 vs. Schaumburg, striking out one in 1.0 scoreless inning…contract purchased by the San Diego Padres’ organization following 2013 season

2012
Burlington (Midwest/A/Oakland): Hit .203 with four home runs and 24 RBI for the Bees in 71 games…scored 31 runs with eight doubles, two stolen bases, and 31 walks…threw out 28 percent of opposing base stealers…had 11 multi-hit games, including two 3-hit games…had four RBI while going 2-for-4 with two runs, a double, and a home run on 4/13 vs. Kane County…drew three walks while going 0-for-1 with two runs on 4/18 at Wisconsin…scored a run in five consecutive games from 5/24-6/1 (eight total runs)…scored three runs while going 2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI on 5/24 at Kane County…2-for-5 with two runs, a double, and two RBI on 6/10 vs. Quad Cities…made professional pitching debut on 6/11 vs. Quad Cities, allowing three earned runs and striking out one in 1.0 relief inning…3-for-4 with a run, a double, a home run, and two RBI on 7/9 at Beloit…3-for-4 with a double on 7/29 vs. Cedar Rapids…helped Bees reach the Midwest League playoffs

2011
Burlington (Midwest/A/Oakland): Hit .213 with three home runs and 23 RBI for the Bees in 82 games…scored 30 runs with 17 doubles, one triple, four stolen bases, and 38 walks…threw out 25 percent of opposing base stealers…had 10 multi-hit games, including one 3-hit game…had three RBI while going 1-for-3 with a run and a double on 4/14 vs. Peoria…2-for-4 with two runs and a double on 4/25 at Beloit…3-for-4 with two runs, a double, and an RBI on 6/3 at Lansing…hit first career home run on 6/7 vs. South Bend, while going 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI…had four RBI while going 2-for-4 with two runs and a home run on 7/16 vs. Lake County…helped Bees reach the Midwest League playoffs

2010
Vancouver (Northwest/A-/Oakland): Hit .182 with seven RBI for the Canadians in 22 games…seven runs scored with three doubles and eight walks…7-for-18 (38%) in throwing out opposing base stealers…committed just one passed ball…had three multi-hit games…made professional debut on 7/13 at Spokane, going 0-for-2 with a walk…picked up first career base hits and RBI on 7/18 vs. Salem-Keizer, going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI…2-for-5 with two runs on 7/24 at Eugene…helped Canadians reach Northwest League playoffs

Rick Forney on John Nester: John’s the best catcher in the league—offensively and defensively. He has a real good understanding of the league and works well with the pitchers. He receives well, throws well, blocks well, and can give you some really good at bats. He’s a big pickup for our club.