Ammirati Becomes 111th Saints Player To Have Contract Purchased, Headed To Mariners OrganizationST. PAUL, MN August 6, 2013
ST. PAUL, MN (August 6, 2013) – Nick Ammirati didn’t play much for the St. Paul Saints, but his background at the College World Series with Mississippi State didn’t go unnoticed. It was that, along with the nearly month he spent with the Saints, that impressed the Seattle Mariners who purchased his contract.
The 22-year-old Ammirati played just five games for the Saints as the backup catcher to Dwight Childs. He recorded one hit in 12 at bats, but in his first game behind the plate, on July 12, he showed why he was so revered with the Bulldogs coaching and pitching staff, catching a shutout for the Saints. In his three starts behind the dish the Saints went 3-0 and allowed just five runs in 24 total innings. He also threw out one of four base stealers.
Ammirati becomes the fourth Saints player this year to have his contract purchased, but the fifth contract overall. Robert Coe (Diamondbacks twice), Connor Whalen (White Sox), Cole Nelson (Braves) and Craig Brazell (Hanshin Tigers) have all had their contracts purchased in 2013. The Saints have had 111 contracts purchased, by 105 different players, in their 21-year history. Six players have had their contracts purchased twice. He will head to the Mariners Rookie Level affiliate in Pulaski.
Ammirati hit .246 with one homer and 23 RBI during his senior season at Mississippi State in 51 games (49 starts). In 167 at bats he scored 23 runs, had three doubles, a .281 slugging percentage and a .321 on base percentage. He also threw out an astounding 41% of would be base stealers and had a .984 fielding percentage. Ammirati was instrumental in the Bulldogs having the 13th best ERA in all of Division I Baseball at 2.77.
In the run to the College World Series the Bulldogs pitching coach, Butch Thompson, said, “Nick Ammirati might be the most important person in our whole deal," Thompson said. "Everyone sitting here talking about the bullpen and the relievers. He might be the most important deal to our pitching staff."