Sioux Falls Pheasants first baseman Cesar Nicolas is the definition of a professional hitter. With a .337 batting average, 11 home runs and 66 RBI, he certainly has been a great bat for hire this season.
"I am feeling comfortable now, and am looking to be the guy the team can count on," Nicolas said. "I have embraced the team leader role the last few years and influence by example."
He's as traveled as any player in the league during his nine-year career. The former Vanderbilt star has played at every affiliated level and in almost every country in the Americas. All of this beginning when he was first drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2005.
"This has been an unbelievable experience," Nicolas said. "I have been across the country and seen the world. Going to places like Canada, Mexico, Panama and the Dominican Republic."
From Mobile to Mexico and now Sioux Falls, the Miami, Fla. native has traded in sunny South Beach for South Minnesota Avenue. However, living in a small town does have its perks.
"You can drive down the street at 30 miles per hour here and nobody here is going to honk or yell at you," Nicolas said. "Miami is great but it can be stressful sometimes."
Still, at 30-years old and one-year removed from a Triple-A stint with the Detroit Tigers, Nicolas hopes another great campaign is worth one more shot to prove he can play in the bigs.
"My ultimate goal is to play in the big leagues and that is a dream," Nicolas said. "However if it doesn't happen, I am still proud of everything I've accomplished.