The first big league game Nick attended was at Tropicana Field...Nick's father, Tony, was the director of media relations for College of Charleston athletics for 20 years…Nick grew up around the program, which developed his knowledge of the game… Nick remembers working as a bat boy for Brett Gardner at CoC...Nick had the chance to meet Charleston RiverDogs co-owner (and director of fun) Bill Murray after a game…Nick also worked as a bat boy for the RiverDogs, a Yankees affiliate, and met Kyle Higashioka through the job, whom he'd eventually compete against in the majors...Nick's friend Casey showed up in a full uniform to his Tropicana Field debut…Nick gave him an old pair of baseball pants and his Arizona Fall League jersey to enhance the ensemble...He likes to wear 19 because 1+9=10, and 10 is roman numeral 'X' in honor of his friend Xan Bowman, who passed unexpectedly while Nick was in spring training with the Rays in 2017...Nick believes Charleston is the best place in the world…he loves the food, water, golf and people…he plays golf regularly...Nick attended the MLB Rookie Career Development Program in Miami in January along with Jalen Beeks and Jesús Sánchez.
Selected from Triple-A Durham on Sep 3 and was with the Rays for the remainder of the season, his first career major league action…appeared in 16 games and made 14 starts at catcher...Hit .333/.421/.600 (5-for-15) over his first 6 games (5 starts) in the majors, but hit .091/.130/.091 (2-for-22) in 10 games (9 starts) after that...Made his major league debut on Sep 3 at TOR, going 0-for-4…on Sep 5 at TOR, singled off Aaron Sanchez in the 2nd inning for his first career hit...On Sep 7 vs. BAL, hit a 3-run homer off Dylan Bundy in the 2nd inning and became the fifth Ray to homer in his first plate appearance at Tropicana Field, joining Jake Elmore on April 22, 2015 vs. BOS, Wil Myers on June 24, 2013 vs. TOR, Joe Dillon on May 30, 2009 vs. MIN and Terry Shumpert on March 31, 2003 vs. BOS… was the first homer, RBI and extra-base hit of his career…added a sacrifice fly in the 7th inning and his 4 RBI were the most ever by a Ray within one of the first 4 games of his career...Threw out 43.2 pct. (16 of 37) of attempted base stealers for Durham...Served a 50-game suspension to start the season following a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program...Ranked by Baseball America as the Best Defensive Catcher in the Rays organization for a third consecutive year.
Named Defensive Player of the Year by the Rays Baseball Operations department for a second consecutive year…threw out 38.3 pct. (23 of 60) of attempted base stealers…established career highs in games (102), runs (42), doubles (29), home runs (7), runs batted in (42), walks (42), on-base pct. (.319) and slugging pct. (.385)…named to the Southern League postseason All-Star Team…hit .323/.409/.496 (43-for-133) from July 13 through the end of the regular season…ranked by Baseball America as the No. 21 prospect in the Rays system following the season…the publication also tabbed him as the Best Defensive Catcher in the organization for a second consecutive year.