Mitch Nay has been through a whole lot on his journey through professional baseball. The former 1st round pick of the Blue Jays (2012) was picked up by the Cincinnati Reds in December of 2017 in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft. He had missed nearly all of the 2016 season, and then a good portion of the 2017 season due to complications due to a staph infection in his knee that ultimately required three surgeries from August to November of 2015.

Healthy again and back on the field, the Cincinnati Reds sent Mitch Nay to Daytona. The 24-year-old was a bit old for the league, but with his history you can understand why. During the first week of the season the Tortugas third baseman hit a solid .286 over 22 plate appearances with two doubles. The next week, though, was a big step forward. He had four multi-hit games, including a 2-homer game against Jupiter on the 14th. His hot hitting carried forward to the next week, going 10-27 (.370) with an OPS over 1.100. In the final four games of the month things just kept on going as he hit .400 with two more extra-base hits. The start of the season couldn’t have gone any better as Nay hit .352/.414/.614 during the month with eight doubles and five home runs, going along with eight walks and 18 strikeouts in 99 plate appearances.

For as hot as April was, May did not see the carry over. In the first week, Mitch Nay struggled as he went 3-23 (.130). Things got a little better the next week for the third baseman as he hit .278, going 5-18 with a triple. It didn’t last, though, as he went back into a slump for the next two weeks to end the month. May was the opposite of April for Nay, who hit just .202/.244/.274 with four doubles, a triple and five walks to go with 23 strikeouts in 90 plate appearances.

After going 0-4 in the first game of a double header on June 1st, things began to turn around for Mitch Nay. He hit .296 with two walks and three strikeouts over the remaining seven games in the first week of the month. Over the next two-and-a-half weeks he played in 15 more games for Daytona, hitting .250/.390/.375, walking 10 times with just 11 strikeouts. On June 28th he was promoted to Double-A Pensacola. In three games with the Blue Wahoos before the month ended he went 4-11 with two doubles and a home run. Between the two stops, Nay hit .267/.365/.411 with 12 walks and 19 strikeouts in 104 trips to the plate.

The first week of July was a strange one at the plate for Mitch Nay. He went 4-20, just a .200 average, but he drew seven walks to boast a .429 on-base percentage. And all four of his hits were extra-base hits, doubling once and hitting three home runs. The next week was a real struggle, though, as he went just 4-23 with four singles. Nay busted out the third week of the month, hitting .435 with an OPS over 1.000 thanks to four multi-hit games. The final stretch of the month reverted back to some struggles, though. In total, the average was a low .240 – but his 15 walks during the month was a strong .360 and he slugged .396 with four home runs.

August got out to a nice start for Mitch Nay. He hit .308, going 8-26, and added three extra-base hits. There was a step back the next week, but it was still a solid one as he hit .273/.360/.364 in six games. It was that third week of August that saw the infielder go into a slump – granted one of a strange variety. In seven games played he didn’t strike out a single time and walked six times, but he only hit .182 without any extra-base hits. The next week saw the hits show back up as he went 8-25 (.320). The final week, stretching into early September saw Nay finish up by going 5-19 in five games played. Over that final five week stretch of the season he would hit .272/.361/.342 with 16 walks and 19 strikeouts in 133 plate appearances.

2018 Season Stats for Mitch Nay

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2018 Spray Chart for Mitch Nay

Longest Home Run of the Year

447 Feet. June 29th.

Mitch Nay Scouting Report

Hitting | Nay uses the entire field, which is good. But, his hit tool plays out as below-average and the projection is about the same.

Power | When it comes to raw grades, this is the best mark for Mitch Nay. He’s got above-average raw power to tap into. In 2018 he began to do so, but there’s more in the tank than he showed during the season.

Running | He’s a below-average runner.

Arm | He’s got an above-average to plus arm.

Defense | The defense at third base is below-average, with some scouts thinking he will need to move to first base where he has spent some time in the minor leagues.

The story behind Mitch Nay and getting back onto the field in 2018 is a great one. That guy has been through a lot and worked his way back. And he had a solid year between Advanced-A and Double-A, too. You can still see some of the tools that led to his being a supplemental 1st round selection several years ago. The arm strength and the raw power stand out. The time missed on the field over the previous two seasons certainly cost him experience and set him behind his same-age peers. He looks like a potential backup corner infielder who could provide some pop off of the bench. Unless he’s re-signed with the organization, he will be a minor league free agent after the World Series.


6 Responses

  1. MK

    You would like to think there would be some loyalty to the Reds for helping him resurrect his career, when it comes to resigning. But it seems in this day and age that goes out the window. Isn’t in true, regardless of who he signs with he would have to be placed on 40-man or be eligible for Rule V draft. Maybe the Reds can get him to agree to sign a minor league deal after the draft with a Spring Training non-roster invitation.

  2. Okla REd

    Would that be the same loyalty we as fans seek when wanting team to cut bad contracts for long term players etc. It is a business that has very little loyalty on either side. That is good or bad depending only on one’s view. The game really isn’t structured for loyalty. Just my take on loyalty in the game.

    • Jim t

      Agree it’s a business. Just like our so called country. That’s a business as well. This thinking Doesn’t just apply to our sports leagues.

  3. Randy in Chatt

    It is a business when the Reds sign Ryan Madsen, pay for his surgery, rehab him in our great facilities, stand by his side, and then for him to turn around and go to another team the next season and then, years later, intentionally blast former teammate Joey Votto with a 96 mph fastball intentionally trying to injure Him because he (Madsen) got his panties in a tight wad because one of his teammates got hit by an 84 mph CURVEBALL with the pitcher later apologizing to the hitter at 3rd base and a ROOKIE hitting another teammate in his major league debut. That’s business baby!!! Your a real pro Ryan Madsen….whew, finally got that off my chest.

  4. kevinz

    I like Nay i can see him doing well with LAD. They seem to find players like this just like TB does.