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Nick Ciuffo | Catcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/7/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Nick Ciuffo received seven staples to close an inch-long cut on his head after being hit by D.J. Stewart's backswing Thursday.
The good news is Ciuffo managed to avoid a concussion. The catching prospect was recently suspended 50 games following a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Mar 2 - 8:10 AM

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Rays catching prospect Nick Ciuffo suffered an apparent head injury in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles.

Ciuffo was struck with D.J. Stewart's backswing and had to be carted off the field with what looked to be a bad cut on his head. He'll most certainly be tested for a concussion. The 22-year-old former first-round pick was suspended 50 games last month following a second positive test for a drug of abuse. He finished the 2017 season at Double-A Montgomery.
Mar 1 - 3:16 PM

Rays prospect Nick Ciuffo was suspended 50 games by MLB after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

The 2013 first-round pick hit .245/.319/.385 at Double-A last year, and received a non-roster invite to Rays camp this spring. This will certainly hurt his development, and put him on the verge of worse consequences should he fail another test.
Feb 10 - 4:44 PM

Nick Ciuffo exited Monday's game versus the Phillies with a left quad contusion.

Ciuffo initially stayed in the game after catching a foul tip to the quad, but he was pulled later in the contest after singling. He should be fine.
Mon, Feb 27, 2017 04:05:00 PM

Rays prospect catcher Nick Ciuffo went 2-for-4 with a home run for rookie-level Princeton on Monday.

Ciuffo struggled in June and July, hitting just .207/.287/.276 with five doubles and one home run, but has come alive in August, hitting .304/.347/.543 with one triple and three home runs over 12 games. Ciuffo has a smooth swing from the left side, and has the potential to hit .300 with 15 home runs, but is unlikely to reach the major leagues until late-2017 or mid-2018.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 10:54:00 AM

Rays catching prospect Nick Ciuffo went 3-for-6 with a double and a walk for rookie-level Princeton on Friday.

Ciuffo has struggled in 2014, hitting just .198/.287/.229 over his first 27 games of the season. He his your typical sweet-swinging left-handed hitting catcher, but will need at least three more full seasons in the minor leagues before he has a chance to make his major league debut.
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 11:26:00 AM

Rays catching prospect Nick Ciuffo will make his 2014 debut on Thursday night for the Princeton Rays of the Appalachian League.

Ciuffo has the potential to be an All-Star catcher, but, like most catching prospects, has a long way to go in terms of defensive fundamentals. He has the potential to hit .300 with 15 home runs, but is unlikely to reach the major leagues until 2017.
Thu, Jun 19, 2014 09:53:00 AM

Rays agreed to terms with first-round pick C Nick Ciuffo.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the deal will be around the assigned slot value for the No. 21 pick of $1.9747 million. A high school catcher, Ciuffo is still a little raw behind the plate, but he boasts plenty of power potential with the bat.
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 06:45:00 PM

Rays selected catcher Nick Ciuffo with the 21st pick in the 2013 draft.

The second high school catcher to go, Ciuffo has a promising left-handed bat with quite a bit of power potential. He's still rather raw behind the plate, but he has a good arm and the tools to turn into an adept catcher in time.
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 10:34:00 PM

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