Nick Wittgren

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Nicholas James Wittgren

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Relief pitcher Nick Wittgren began playing in the Miami Marlins minor league system in 2012. He was taken by the club in the 9th round of the 2012 amateur draft.

The hurler dominated the league his first two professional seasons. In 2012, he was 0-2 with 13 saves, 47 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings and a 1.17 ERA in 23 games between the Jamestown Jammers and Greensboro Grasshoppers, earning a spot on the New York-Penn League Mid-Season All-Star team. With the Jupiter Hammerheads and Jacksonville Suns in 2013, he was 2-1 with 26 saves, 63 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings, 39 games finished and a 0.77 ERA in 52 appearances. He was named a Florida State League Mid- and Post-Season All-Star, a MiLB.com Organization All-Star and a member of the Arizona Fall League All-Prospect Team.

He spent 2014 with the Suns and had a solid - though not dominant - season, going 5-5, 3.55 with 20 saves in 52 games and averaging less than a strikeout per inning (56 in 66 innings). In 2015, he began the year with two appearances at Jacksonville before being promoted to the AAA New Orleans Zephyrs for the remainder of the season. There he was 1-6, 3.03 in 52 games, with 19 saves. He struck out 64 in 62 1/3 innings.

He made his major league debut with the Marlins on April 19, 2016. He had been called up from New Orleans that same day when Edwin Jackson was placed on the disabled list. Facing the Washington Nationals, his debut came in a historic 7th inning, as the Marlins allowed a team record four home runs in the frame, which was also a team record for the Nats. The game was still scoreless when Adam Conley allowed a solo homer to Jayson Werth with one out, and then another one to the next batter, Wilson Ramos; after a second out, he gave up a single to his opponent, Stephen Strasburg and a double to Michael Taylor, ending his night's work. Nick came in to replace him, but he walked the only batter he faced, Anthony Rendon, on a full count. Chris Narveson replaced him on the mound, and he coughed up a grand slam to Bryce Harper and then a solo homer to Ryan Zimmerman. Those were all the runs scored in the game as Washington won, 7-0 and Nick was left with an infinite ERA after that outing. He pitched a total of 48 times that season, going 4-3, 3.14. In 2017, he went 3-1, 4.68 in 38 games for the Marlins, then in 2018, he improved to 2-1, 2.94 in 32 games. He also pitched in the minors at New Orleans in both 2017 and 2018, and at AA Jacksonville for a couple of games in 2018.

On February 4, 2019, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians in return for minor leaguer Jordan Milbrath.

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