MESA, Ariz. — Tampa Bay Rays catcher Nick Ciuffo earned himself an invitation to big league spring training in 2017, in part thanks to good work in the Arizona Fall League in 2016 playing for the Peoria Javelinas. Above, you can see our video compilation of several Ciuffo clips where he’s blocking and receiving the ball behind the plate for Peoria from last October.
A former first round draft pick (2013) by the Rays, Ciuffo lost out on a significant portion of 2016 due to injury, but ended up playing the lion’s share of his healthy time with the High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Florida State League. There, he did well enough at the plate (.262/.288/.297.584 in 59 games), but really showed off as a catcher working behind it.
Ciuffo works well with pitchers, and comes from a family background in coaching, but it’s his arm that really sets him apart, and that cannon will be seen in future videos right here on this site. For now, enjoy some of his blocking and receiving mechanics shown off during his time with Peoria in that prestigious offseason circuit.
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