Tanner Nishioka Minors  |  Second Base

     
 

Age: 26
Born: October 22, 1994
Honolulu, HI
Height: 5-11
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 9th round, 2017
How Acquired: Draft
College: Pomona-Pitzer
High School: Iolani HS (HI)

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Scouting Report Update (5,13.2020)

Physical Description: Average frame, on the shorter side. No physical projection.

Hit: Starts with a vertical, open stance. Utilizes a big leg lift timing device. Lot of pre-pitch movement. Lots of effort in swing. Quick hands, average bat speed.

Power: Well-below average power potential. Will run into one on occasion, but swing is primarily designed for line drives from gap to gap.

Run: Below-average speed. Above-average instincts, but not a threat to steal

Field: Has played second base, third base and left field, mostly moving around in deference to other players. Profiles best at second base or in left field. Has really struggled at third base during his time there. Not a reliable defender. Played a significant amount of DH in 2019, although not clear if that was primarily due to defensive limitations or injuries. Below-average defensive profile.

Arm: Below-average arm strength.

Career Notes: Led Division III in home runs as a senior at Pomona College. Reportedly had been recruited by Notre Dame and Harvard, but chose Pomona for its pre-med program. Majored in neuroscience and had planned to apply to medical school until playing professionally became a possibility.

Summation: Profiles as an organizational utility player. Has no stand-out tools, but can hit a little bit and play passable enough defense to stick around in an organization for a while. Fundamentally sound player with an advanced baseball IQ. Type of player the organization has felt comfortable moving to higher levels temporarily when injuries hit. Had a very good season offensively in 2018, but was old for the level and is unlikely to repeat that success at higher levels.

 
   
  Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2017 Pomona-Pitzer NCAA Coll --- 22 39 152 48 67 12 1 18 53 135 27 27 8 4 0.441 0.542 0.888 1.430
  2017 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 22 22 71 6 19 2 1 0 4 23 5 20 6 0 0.268 0.354 0.324 0.678
  2018 Greenville SAL A Bos 23 84 301 51 97 20 2 11 52 154 31 70 4 3 0.322 0.401 0.512 0.912
  2018 Portland East AA Bos 23 3 10 2 3 2 0 0 0 5 0 3 0 0 0.300 0.300 0.500 0.800
  2019 Salem Car A+ Bos 24 78 248 21 62 18 0 2 38 86 13 72 5 1 0.250 0.316 0.347 0.662
  2020 MiLB Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 25 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: NEE-shee-oh-kah
First Pro Contract:
June 19, 2017 by Jim Woodward (BOS)
Signing Bonus: $5,000
MiLB Debut: June 21, 2017 (Lowell)
MLFA Eligible: November 2023
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2020
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
-
MLB Service Time (through 2019):
-
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2020): MiLB contract
Trade Restrictions
: -
     
  Awards
Red Sox Minor League Hitter of the Month (August 2018)
SoxPospects.com Awards
SoxProspects.com Player of the Month (June 2018)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (Aug. 27 - Sep. 2, 2018)
2018 SoxProspects.com All-Star
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (Aug. 25 - Sep. 2, 2019)
 
 
  
  
  
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