Sox Sign 2012 Can-Am Player of the Year…

Nicholas GiarraputoNicholas Giarraputo was the Can-Am League’s Player of the Year in 2012. A native of Westlake, CA, Giarraputo enjoyed his best professional season last year. Now, the 24-year-old infielder is a member of the White Sox system.

Last week, the White Sox inked the former New York Mets’ farmhand to a Minor League contract. The former 12th round selection of the Amazins last played affiliated ball in 2009 with both Brooklyn and Savannah (Mets Singe-A teams). After being drafted in 2006, he spent all three of his first professional years with the Mets system and slowly worked his way up.

The 6’3″ infielder made his pro debut with the Gulf Coast Mets in 2006. In 47 games, he hit .215 with 11 RBIs. The following year, Giarraputo improved at the plate and hit .274 with 34 RBIs in 67 games with the Rookie Level Kingsport Mets. Over the next two seasons, he would split time with both Brooklyn and Savannah. He hit .397 with two home runs and 13 RBIs over 20 games with Savannah in 2009.

The 2010 season saw Giarraputo sign on with Sussex of the Can Am League. As a member of the Skyhawks, Giarraputo hit a career-high seven home runs and drove-in a career-high 41 runs. He appeared in 79 games that season and then moved on to the New Jersey Jackals for 2011 and 2012 (another Can-Am League team).

His best two seasons as a pro came with the Jackals. His 2012 season, however, was by far his finest. After hitting .308 with six home runs and 44 RBIs, Giarraputo made headlines in 2012.

In 92 games with the Jackals last season, he hit .316 with 22 home runs and 71 RBIs — all career highs. In June, he was the Can-Am League’s Batter of the Month. At the end of the year, he was named as the 2012 Can-Am League Player of the Year.

The White Sox took notice of the young infielder, and on January 10, 2013, the Sox signed him to a Minor League contract. Giarraputo will get his shot to play in affiliated baseball once again.

*Interesting Knote:
Giarraputo went to the same high school (Simi Valley High in Simi Valley, CA) as recent White Sox signee Bryan Anderson. Along with Anderson, Tim Laker and Scott Radinsky also went to that school. Laker, a former Knights hitting coach, is currently the White Sox Minor League Hitting Coordinator. Radinsky was originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the third round of the 1986 draft. He spent parts of five Major League seasons with the Sox.

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