Nicolas, 31, will re-join the Blue Crabs after appearing on the roster in 15 games in 2012 and also splitting time between Triple-A’s Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League and Independent Baseball’s Sioux Falls Pheasants of the American Association. During last year’s finish with Southern Maryland, Nicolas batted .250 with nearly a hit-per-game (13), six extra-base hits and 10 walks.
The 6’4”, 230-pound infielder began his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization (2005-2008), before joining independent baseball team the Grand Prairie AirHogs of the American Association and the Blue Crabs in 2009. Nicolas then returned to affiliated baseball in 2010, this time with the Detroit Tigers organization, reaching as high as Triple-A with the Toledo Mud Hens of the International League in 2011.
The Queens, N.Y. native, was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 5th round of the 2004 MLB June Amateur Draft from Vanderbilt University.