Maryland Baseball Network is counting down to Opening Day! Today marks 31 days until the start of the 2017 season, so here’s a look at #31, Nick Cieri.
NICK CIERI | 31
Hometown: Hainesport, N.J.
Previous School: Rancocas Valley Regional High School
2016 Spring Stats: .256 (46-for-180), 9 2B, 3 HR, 29 RBI, 19 R, .379 OBP, .367 SLG
2016 Summer Stats (Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League): .301 (25-for-83), 5 2B, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 19 R, .392 OBP, .542 SLG
About Nick: In his junior season with the Terps, Nick Cieri finished fourth on the team in doubles (9) and RBIs (29). While Cieri struggled at the plate for the beginning of the season, the catcher and designated hitter finished his 2016 campaign with a team-high 31 walks, the 11th-most in the Big Ten. Cieri’s season wrapped up with a stellar Big Ten Tournament, as he went 7-for-12 (.583) with three walks and an RBI in four games.
His strong finish carried over to summer ball, where he was one of nine players to hit over .300 and tally more than 20 RBIs. Cieri slugged five home runs over the summer—averaging one per 16.6 at-bats—including a game where he went 4-4 with three home runs, 10 RBI, three runs scored and a walk in a 17-8 win over the Vienna Riverdogs on July 3.
In 2017, Cieri will look to be a key run-producer in the middle of the order for the Terps.