Texas Rangers call up former Mizzou catcher Brett Nicholas
COLUMBIA - Former Mizzou Baseball star Brett Nicholas was called up to the MLB after the Texas Rangers purchased the catcher's contract Sunday. Nicholas, 27, is now eligible to make his big league debut in his new home at Global Life Park in Arlington.
Nicholas played one season at Mizzou in 2010 and hit .352 with 51 runs scored and 15 doubles. He also went yard a dozen times while driving in a team-high 64 RBIs. The Phoenix native earned All-Big 12 First Team honors before being selected in the sixth round of the MLB First Year Player Draft in 2010.
In Double-A with Frisco, he hit .289 in 136 games alongside 91 RBIs to lead the Texas League. He was named an All-Star following the 2013 season. This season, he featured in two games with Triple-A side Round Rock. Nicholas tallied a double for the Express in their 7-3 victory on Opening Day.
Nicholas joins Washington Nationals' Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler and Minnesota Twins' Kyle Gibson as former Mizzou ballplayers in the big leagues.