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Nilson Miguel Antigua
also listed as Wilson Antigua early in his career

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 175 lb.

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Nilson Antigua was a minor league catcher for seven years, then spent four seasons in Italy.

Antigua debuted in 1993 with the DSL Pirates, hitting .205. In 1994, he batted .293/.342/.365 as the main catcher for the DSL Pirates. He produced at a .242/.255/.293 clip with the '95 GCL Pirates, again his club's primary backstop. The next season, he hit .273/.303/.385 for the Erie SeaWolves and threw out 29 of 55 attempted base-thieves, showing off a cannon arm. His five double plays led New York-Penn League catchers and he was named one of the loop's two All-Star catchers. along with Mike Rose.

Antigua hit .243/.277/.297 for the 1997 Lynchburg Hillcats, backing up Craig Wilson. In 1998, he was 0 for 3 for Lynchburg and wound up with the independent Pacific Suns, batting .231 and slugging .354. He spent 1999 with the Atlantic City Surf (.286) and Sioux Falls Canaries (.239/.324/.409).

In 2002, Nilson joined Fiorentina in Serie A1 and hit .335/.414/.513 with 7 homers and 35 RBI in 54 games. He also gunned down 15 of 25 attempted base-stealers. His team's top batter, he finished 6th in the circuit in OBP and 10th in slugging. He moved to Bologna in 2003 and batted .281/.319/.386 with 49 RBI in 54 games. He tied former big leaguer Willie Canate for 4th in the circuit in RBI. In the finals, he hit .429 with a double, homer, five runs and six RBI in five games as Bologna won it all.

Antigua remained with Bologna in '04 and hit .293/.362/.378 with 38 RBI in 53 games. He finished 10th in RBI. In the finals, he topped .300 but Bologna fell. In 2005, he ended his playing career by batting .270/.340/.328 with 35 RBI in 54 games for Rimini. He was 7th in RBI.

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