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Nicholas Allen Masset

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A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, pitcher Nick Masset attended Pinellas Park High School. He was selected by the Texas Rangers in the eighth round of the 2000 amateur draft as a draft-and-follow pick. Masset spent one year at St. Petersburg Junior College then was signed by scout Jackson Ray in May of 2001 for $225,000. He made his pro debut that summer with the GCL Rangers, posting a 4.35 ERA in 15 games. He spent 2002 with the Savannah Sand Gnats, splitting the season between the rotation and the bullpen and going 5-8. In 2003, he was primarily a starter and won 7 games with the Clinton LumberKings.

Masset began the 2004 campaign with the Stockton Ports but missed two months due to a cyst in his wrist. After returning to Stockton and spending most of the season there, he was promoted to the AA Frisco Rough Riders late in the year. He returned to Frisco the next year, going 7-12 with a 6.18 ERA. In 2006, he began another season with the Rough Riders again but, after going 2-2 with a 2.06 ERA in 8 starts, was promoted to the Oklahoma RedHawks. He went 4-5 with a 4.81 ERA for the RedHawks and also spent three stints on the Rangers big league roster, posting a 4.15 ERA in 8 games.

After the 2006 season, Masset was traded to the Chicago White Sox. He made the 2007 White Sox Opening Day roster, earning a spot in the team's bullpen.

Masset made his first major league start on May 20, 2007. He pitched 5 2/3 innings against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks. Masset held up extremely well under the pressure of the fierce rivalry and retired eleven of twelve batters from the second inning through the fifth. The White Sox won the game by a score of 10-6, and Masset earned a win over the Cubs' ace, Carlos Zambrano.

However, Masset struggled in general for the Sox in 2007, going 2-3 with a 7.09 ERA. In July he was demoted to the AAA Charlotte Knights, with whom he went 0-4 with a 4.57 in 11 outings.

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