The Cincinnati Reds announced on Wednesday morning that they had signed free agent Nicky Delmonico to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league spring training.
Originally drafted by the Baltimore Orioles out of Farragut High School (this is also the high school that Nick Senzel attended) in Tennessee back in 2011, the 6th rounder has since spent time with the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago White Sox organizations. From 2017-2020 he spent parts of the season in the majors with the White Sox.
In 2017, Nicky Delmonico had a strong rookie year. He was called up on August 1st and spent the rest of the year with the White Sox. He played in 43 games and picked up 166 plate appearances while hitting .262/.373/.482 with 23 walks and 31 strikeouts to go along with nine home runs.
The next year he played in 88 games with Chicago, but he couldn’t match the production from the previous season as he watched his line fall to .215/.296/.373 with eight home runs, 27 walks, and 80 strikeouts. Over the 2019 and 2020 seasons he only played with the White Sox sparingly, getting into just 27 total games and posting a .193/.256/.253 line. To be fair, he missed nearly all of the 2019 season after shoulder surgery – he didn’t play after late May and had surgery in early June.
In his career he’s played a little bit of everywhere. But while he has some experience at second and third base – he hasn’t played at either spot in a while. He last played third base in 2017 at the Triple-A level (where he had a .902 fielding percentage in 73 games at third), and he hasn’t played second base since 2012 when he was in Low-A with Baltimore. Most of his time has been spent at first base and left field. He also has some limited time in right field between the big leagues and the minor leagues.
You can see his career stats at Baseball Reference.
More minor league signings
The Reds have made a few other minor league signings in the last week. Cincinnati picked up pitcher Karsen Lindell, who his 100 MPH with his fastball in a recent bullpen session, and they re-signed Walker Weickel. Neither player has been extended an invite to spring training – both are simply minor league deals. You can read more about them both over at RedsMinorLeagues.com.