Nick Ciuffo is a professional baseball player from the United States of America. As of the start of 2022, he is a free agent. He plays the position of catcher and has played for the Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays. He was drafted into Major League Baseball in 2013 during the June Amateur Draft.
Player Profile and Personal Life
Ciuffo was born Nicholas Anthony Ciuffo in his hometown of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. His birthday is on March 7, 1990. He stands 183 cm and his last listed weight is 92 kilograms. He throws with his right and bats with his left. He is a catcher.
His father was an assistant director of athletics for media relations at the College of Charleston. Ciuffo grew up in Point Pleasant but later moved to Lexington.
He attended high school at Wando High School. He later transferred to Lexington High School. In 2013, he was named the Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year. While in high school, he represented the United States at the World Youth Baseball Championship. The team went home with the gold.
After high school, he had committed to attend and play for the University of South Carolina. Instead of attending college, he signed with the Tampa Bay Rays after they selected him during the 2013 MLB Draft.
He received a $1.9 million signing bonus from the Rays and they started him in their minor league teams. This includes the Gulf Coast Rayes, Princeton Rays, Bowling Green Hot Rods, and the Charlotte Stone Crabs.
In 2016 and 2017, he was named as the Defensive Player of the Year for Tampa Bay’s Minor League.
He was promoted to play in the majors in September 2018. In June 2019, the Rays marked him as Designated for Assignment. They then released him and in July 2019, he signed with the Cincinnati Reds. For most of 2019 and 2020, he was a free agent, singing briefly with the Texas Rangers. He later signed with the Baltimore Orioles and was promoted to the majors in 2021.