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Modesto Nuts

Modesto Nuts
Founded in 1946
Modesto, California
Team logoCap insignia
Current Class A - Advanced
Minor league affiliations
League California League
Division North Division
Major league affiliations
Current Colorado Rockies (2005–present)
Minor league titles
League titles 1950, 1954, 1959, 1966, 1972, 1982, 1984, 2004
Division titles 2004, 2012
Team data
Nickname Modesto Nuts (2005–present)
Previous names
  • Modesto A's (1975–2004)
  • Modesto Reds (1966–1974)
  • Modesto Colts (1962–1964)
  • Modesto Reds (1914-1915, 1946–1961)
Ballpark John Thurman Field
Michael Savit
Manager Fred Ocasio
General manager Michael Gorrasi

The Modesto Nuts are a minor league baseball team in Modesto, California, USA. They are a Class A - Advanced team in the California League and a farm team of the Colorado Rockies. The Modesto Nuts play home games at John Thurman Field. Opened in 1955 and renovated in 1997, the park seats over 5,000 fans (including standing room only). In March 2007, the City of Modesto installed a new video scoreboard and made improvements to the infield playing surface.

The Nuts adopted their current name in 2005, after the team's affiliation with the Oakland Athletics ended. Before then, the team was known as the Modesto Athletics (or A's). The new name was chosen to reflect the several types of nuts that are grown in the region.

In 2012 Greg Young was replaced by Alex Margulies who now does play-by-play for all home and away games, and Modesto Bee sports writer Brian VanderBeek does color commentary in the middle innings of most home games. The play-by-play position was formerly held by Joshua Suchon, who now works for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

On June 2, 2006, manager Chad Kreuter resigned to become the head baseball coach of the University of Southern California. Kreuter replaced his father-in-law, Mike Gillespie. As of 2012, the club is managed by Lenn Sakata who replaced the winningest coach in Modesto Nuts history Jerry Weinstein who was promoted to the Colorado Rockies at the conclusion of the 2011 season.[1]

In Spring 2008, the team was the subject of Bush League TV's short internet video "Bush League 101: How to Bush League a Bush League Baseball Team."

The Modesto Nuts have three mascots: Al the Almond, Wally the Walnut and Shelley the Pistachio. These mascots make their presence seen not only at the park cheering on the Nuts, but in the community of Modesto as well.

On June 21st, 2011 the Modesto Nuts hosted the 2011 California/Carolina All Star Smash. [2]

On September 1, 2012 Modesto Nuts 1st Basemen Jared Clark hit his 24th Home Run of the season against the San Jose Giants making him the Modesto Nuts single season Home Run leader passing former Nuts outfielder Kent Matthes, who in 2011 set the old record with 23 Home Runs in the season.

As of 2011 the Modesto Nuts have set their attendance record for five straight seasons and have been honored as Back to Back California League Organization of the Year for 2010 and 2011.

Current roster

Modesto Nuts roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • 45 Devin Burke
  • 11 Matt Carasiti
  • 37 Trent Daniel
  • 34 Rayan Gonzalez 10px
  • 31 Johendi Jiminian
  • 14 Sam Moll
  • 25 Harrison Musgrave
  • 23 Troy Neiman
  • 43 Jacob Newberry
  • 22 Matt Pierpont
  • 44 Antonio Senzatela
  • 48 Konner Wade
  • 12 Grahamm Wiest


  •  6 Ashley Graeter
  •  3 Wilfredo Rodriguez
  •  8 Troy Stein




  • 28 Fred Ocasio


  • 27 Brandon Emanuel (pitching)
  •  4 Drew Saylor (hitting)

10px 7-day disabled list
* On Colorado Rockies 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated June 1, 2015
More MiLB rosters
Colorado Rockies minor league players


  1. ^ "Nuts Announce 2010 Coaching Staff." Modesto Nuts. 7 January 2010. Retrieved on 18 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Nuts to host All-Star Game in 2011"} 8 January 2011. Retrieved on 28 August 2012.

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