NEWARK, Del. - - Former Wilmington University standout Frank Nigro '19 has signed a contract with the Minnesota Twins organization of Major League Baseball.
It is believed to be the first Wildcat to sign with an MLB organization since Josh Swirchak signed with the St. Louis Cardinals as an undrafted free agent following the 2015 season. Cody Holiday (Mets) and Phil Aviola (Phillies) were drafted in the 2009 MLB draft.
After his final season with the Wildcats in 2019, Nigro played with the High Point Rockers out of North Carolina in their inaugural season of the Atlantic League. Last year, he played with the Rockland Boulders out of New York and then a combined league in Huntingburg, Indiana, the Liberation Professional Baseball League, for the league winning Baseball Resume Bandits.
Nigro was a two-time All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference catcher, hitting .270 with 29 doubles, five homers, and 77 RBI for his four-year career. He also threw up 33 career runners attempting to steal. Professionally, he already has thrown out 30 would be base stealers, including going 15-for-37 at Rockland, good enough for a 41% caught stealing percentage.