WICHITA, Kans. (March 16, 2017) – The Wichita Wingnuts lost a member of their 2016 bullpen Thursday, as right-hander Chad Nading had his contract purchased by the San Diego Padres. Nading is the first Wingnut to have his contract picked up by a major league organization in 2017, and third since the end of the 2016 season.
Nading was a big part of a Wichita bullpen that posted a 3.44 ERA during the 2016 regular season, serving as a setup man for All-Star closer Frankie Reed. After signing with the Wingnuts on June 7, the righty made his debut the next day, striking out the side in a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a 9-0 shutout win over the Kansas City T-Bones.
The former UNLV Rebel began his tenure with the Wingnuts with 12 straight scoreless appearances, and did not yield a run over his final 14 outings during the regular season. Overall, Nading posted a 1.83 ERA with a pair of saves in 39.1 innings across his 40 regular season appearances. Nading then pitched five times in the playoffs for Wichita, putting up a 1.92 earned run average over his five postseason outings.
The 29-year old’s only other foray into affiliated baseball was with San Diego as well, as he pitched for the AZL Padres in 2010 after signing with the club as an undrafted free agent following his final season at UNLV.
Nading is the 41st Wingnut to be signed by a Major League organization and the first of 2017.
Wingnuts Sold to Major League Organizations
OF Dustan Mohr, 2008 – Colorado Rockies
OF Blake Gailen, 2008 – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
RHP Will Savage, 2010 – Los Angeles Dodgers
RHP Ben Graham, 2010 – Washington Nationals
LHP Justin Dowdy, 2010 – Tampa Bay Rays
OF Ryan Patterson, 2011 – Arizona Diamondbacks
LHP Dustin Pease, 2011 – San Diego Padres
RHP Cephas Howard, 2011 – Texas Rangers
OF Kenny Gilbert, 2011 – Chicago White Sox
OF Brent Clevlen, 2011 – Cincinnati Reds
OF Brent Clevlen, 2011 – Philadelphia Phillies
SS Jose Martinez, 2012 – Houston Astros
LHP Nate Robertson, 2012 – Toronto Blue Jays
RHP Matt Nevarez, 2012 – Tampa Bay Rays
RHP Andrew Aizenstadt, 2012 – Philadelphia Phillies
RHP James Hoyt, 2012 – Atlanta Braves
OF David Peralta, 2012 – Arizona Diamondbacks
OF Adam Buschini, 2013 – San Diego Padres
RHP Jon Link, 2013 – Detroit Tigers
LHP Ryan Hinson, 2013 – Atlanta Braves
1B CJ Ziegler, 2013 – Minnesota Twins
C J.T. Wise, 2014 – Texas Rangers
RHP Matt Nevarez, 2014 – Pittsburgh Pirates
RHP Jon Link, 2014 – Miami Marlins
RHP Chris Peacock, 2014 – Pittsburgh Pirates
OF Carlo Testa, 2014 – Arizona Diamondbacks
OF Jake Luce, 2015 – Baltimore Orioles
LHP Jhonathan Ramos, 2015 – Baltimore Orioles
LHP Jarret Leverett, 2015 – San Francisco Giants
SS Alberto Gonzalez, 2015 – Detroit Tigers
RHP Dakota Watts, 2015 – Texas Rangers
RHP Omar Bencomo, 2015 – Minnesota Twins
SS Luis Hernandez, 2015 – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
OF Jayce Ray, 2015 – Boston Red Sox
RHP Paul Smyth, 2015 – Arizona Diamondbacks
RHP Derek Eitel, 2015 – San Diego Padres
LHP Alex Sogard, 2016 – Baltimore Orioles
RHP Ryan Kussmaul, 2016 – Arizona Diamondbacks
RHP Chad Nading, 2016 – Milwaukee Brewers
3B Zack Cox, 2016 – Detroit Tigers
RHP Chad Nading, 2017 – San Diego Padres
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