Johnston, RI. native becomes ninth Wheaton baseball student-athlete to sign pro contract
Norton, Mass. – Wheaton College co-captain and catcher Nick Raposo (Johnston, RI/Johnston) has signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB).
"It is difficult to find the words to explain how I am feeling after signing with the St. Louis Cardinals. I'm just extremely grateful and excited to continue my baseball career at the next level. Wheaton Baseball has allowed me to grow as a baseball player but more importantly as a person. I am forever appreciative of Coach Podbelski, the coaching staff, teammates, and everyone who has pushed me to become better along the way. This also wouldn't have been possible without my family making sacrifices which allowed me to attend Wheaton and play for the best run baseball program you can find anywhere. I'm excited to represent Wheaton Baseball in the next step of my baseball career."
This spring, Raposo was batting .406 with seven RBI's and 10 runs on the year before the season was cut short after eight games. In 2019, Raposo competed in 40 games recording 61 hits in 164 at bats, which included seven doubles, one triple and five homeruns. Defensively, he finished with a .985 fielding percentage on 344 total chances. He earned a spot on D3Baseball.com First team All-Region, ABCA/Rawlings and NEIBA Second team All-Region honors while also earning a spot on the NEWMAC First team All-Conference List and D3 Preseason Second team All-American team. In 2018, Raposo recorded 69 hits in 159 at bats including 19 doubles, three triples and three home runs owning a .434 batting average with a .648 slugging percentage. He was named D3baseball.com All-New England All-Region First-Team and an All-American Second-Team honor, while earning a spot on the NEWMAC First Team All-Conference list, ranking 10th in the nation in doubles that year. Raposo was named Wheaton Athletics Chad Yowell Male Athlete of the Year in 2019 and 2020 for his extraordinary athletic ability as well as demonstrated sportsmanship and contribution to his team, the college and the world of sport. Overall in his Wheaton career, Raposo compiled a .366 batting average for the Lyons and a OPS of .945 through 131 games.
"The entire Wheaton Baseball family is equal parts excited for and proud of Nick for realizing his dream of playing baseball at the professional level said Wheaton College baseball head coach Eric Podbelski. Nick's leadership, work ethic, selflessness and love of his program, teammates and the sport of baseball will be missed. This is a great example of good things happening to a person who consistently does things the right way."
Raposo becomes the ninth student-athlete in program history to sign a professional contract to play baseball, joining Chris Denorfia '02, Jamie Baker '06, Mark Brown '06, Chris Martin '06, Adam Laplante '07, Chris McDonough '08, Jon Shepard '10 and Mike Gibbons '15 on the list.
Raposo in the News:
Sun Chronicle: St. Louis Cardinals make Raposo's diamond dream come true
ABC6: Johnston's Nick Raposo Signs With Saint Louis Cardinals, The First Rhode Island Native To Sign with MLB Team This Year
Providence Journal: Cardinals sign former Johnston catcher Nick Raposo
St. Louis Post Dispatch