Xavier Clifford Nady VI’ was born on November 14, 1978 in Salinas, California. He is a left fielder for the New York Yankees.**High School**‘CollegeThe St. Louis Cardinals drafted Nady in the 4th round of the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft (134th overall), but he didn’t sign, choosing to attend UC Berkeley instead.
Minor LeaguesXavier was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft by the San Diego Padres (49th overall). He signed a major league contract and became the 18th player to go directly to the major leagues without making his professional debut in the minor leagues since 1965.
However, he only appeared in one game and, then was sent into the minor league system.
His progress was slowed when he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2002. In 2003, he bounced up to the majors for a while, but spent most of his time in the minors.
He spent 2004-2005 in the majors with the Padres, then was traded to the New York Mets for Mike Cameron on November 18, 2005.