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Nick Stavinoha

St. Louis Cardinals — No. 19
Born: May 3, 1982 (1982-05-03) (age 27)
Houston, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
June 22, 2008 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
(through August 27, 2009)
Batting average     .215
Home runs     2
Runs batted in     21

Nicholas Lee "Nick" Stavinoha (born May 3, 1982 in Houston, Texas) is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals.


Early life

He played football and baseball at Jersey Village High School before attending the University of Houston for football.

He later transferred to San Jacinto College and played there for two seasons as a catcher. While at San Jacinto, Stavinoha hit 49 Home Runs and is a member of the Golden Anniversary all 50 Greatest JUCO World Series Participants.

Stavinoha went on to attend Louisiana State University.

He is one of the few players in college baseball to participate in both the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado (twice) and also at the NCAA D1 World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

Professional career

Stavinoha was drafted by the Houston Astros in 2002, but did not sign. He was drafted again by the Cardinals in 2005 and signed.


Minor leagues

Stavinoha hit for a .337 average with 16 home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds in 2008. He hit .261 with 13 home runs in 2007 while stealing seven bases, also at Memphis. He hit .297 with 12 home runs at Double A-Springfield in 2006. That batting average ranked fourth among all Cardinal minor league players that played a full season. In 2005, he hit .344 with 14 home runs in 65 games at Single A-Quad Cities in 2005 as a 23-year old. He has 55 career minor league home runs. He also has a career average of .304 in the minors.

Major leagues

Stavinoha made his big-league debut on June 22, 2008, as a designated hitter[1], and getting the first hit of his major league career against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.


Stavinoha resides in Magnolia, Texas with his wife, Casey, and daughter, Kate Elaine (born 9/29/2008)[2].


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