Nicholas Paul Punto was born on November 8, 1977, in San Diego, California. He is a utility fielder for the Minnesota Twins.
He is 5’ 9”, is a switch hitter, and throws right-handed.
High SchoolNick graduated from Trabuco Hills High School in Mission Viejo, California, in 1996.
CollegeNick attended Saddleback College,in Mission Viejo, California.
Major LeaguesNick made his Major League debut with the Philadelphia Phillies on September 9, 2001. As a utility fielder, he bounced up and down from the majors to the minors.
The Phillies traded Nick to the Twins in 2004 (along with Carlos Silva) for Eric Milton.
Nick spent most of the 2004 season on the disabled list. In 2005, he was the starting second baseman for the Twins, and in 2006 became the starting third baseman.
He was injured for most of the first half of the 2008 season, but was activated from the DL on June 25, 2008. Since then, he has played shortstop for the Twins.
Career NoteNick was one of four Twins players nicknamed “The Piranhas” by White Sox manager, Ozzie Guillén. The other Piranhas were Jason Tyner, Jason Bartlett, and Luis Castillo.