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Player Review/Preview: Wil Nieves

Key 2013 Stats: .297 AVG/.320 OBP/.369 SLG, 1 HR, 22 RBIs

What Happened in 2013

In the 2013 season, Wil Nieves didn’t receive much playing time, as he played in just 71 games. Nieves did finish with a solid batting average (.297) and racked up a good amount of hits (58 hits in 195 at-bats), but rarely hit for power, as he hit just one home run all year.

As for defense, last season Nieves finished with .994 fielding percentage, and has always been good in the defensive categories for his whole career.

What to Expect in 2014

In 2014, Nieves is expected to serve as the Philadelphia Phillies backup catcher behind Carlos Ruiz. Keep in mind that Nieves is 36 years old, so Phillie’s fans shouldn’t expect him to make a huge impact offensively. He is a contact-type hitter and should be able to produce hits on a consistent basis. So while he won’t be an impact player and is another guy getting up there in age, he is a nice addition and will bring some great things to the ball club.

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