JOHNSTON, RI — Johnston High alumnus Nick Raposo, a two-time Wheaton College Male Athlete of the Year, has signed with the St. Louis Cardinals as an undrafted college free agent.
The Major League Draft was shortened to five rounds this year due to the coronavirus health crisis and took place last week. Undrafted players were eligible to sign this weekend with Raposo becoming the ninth player in Wheaton history to sign a MLB contract.
Raposo batted .406 with one home run and 10 RBI in this spring's shortened season due to coronavirus. He finished his career with a .366 average and .945 OPS, including a .434 average in 2018.
"The entire Wheaton baseball family is equal parts excited and proud of Nick for realizing his dream of playing baseball at the professional level," Wheaton coach Eric Podbelski told Wheaton's school website. "Nick's leadership, work ethic, selflessness and love of his program, teammates and the sport of baseball will be missed. This is a great example of good things happening to a person who consistently does things the right way."
Raposo was a four-year varsity player at Johnston Senior High School and two-year team captain. He was named Second Team All-Division his junior year and First Team All-Division his senior year.
"It's difficult to find the words to explain how I am feeling after signing with the St. Louis Cardinals," Raposo told the school website. "I'm just extremely grateful and excited to continue my baseball career at the next level. Wheaton College has allowed me to grow as a player, and more importantly, as a person."