Nick Maldonado - Baseball - Vanderbilt University Athletics

#29 Nick Maldonado


Class Sophomore
Height 6'1''
Weight 205
Hometown Short Hills, N.J.
High School Seton Hall Prep

Head coach Tim Corbin on Maldonado: “Low maintenance young man. He keeps things very simple…he doesn’t ask for anything, he plays, competes and supports his boys.  He is a joy to be around. He came into our program cross-training at several positions but has quickly found a role on the mound. His development over the past couple of months has been fun to watch. He enjoys the arena of competition a great deal. There is a high level of trust with Nick because you know what you’re getting.”

As a Sophomore (2021)
• Made a team-high 28 appearances on the season, totaling 50.2 innings of work to lead all Vanderbilt relievers
• Sported a 2.31 ERA, the lowest of the Commodore relief pitchers
• Tied for the team lead in saves with nine on the campaign
• Tallied 59 strikeouts to rank second in the Commodore bullpen, while surrendering just seven walks on the season
• Limited opposing hitters to a .173 average against
• Made his season debut in relief on the second game of the twinbill versus Wright State (Feb. 22) – struck out one and walked two in a shutout inning
• Struck out a season-high of four on five occasions, including in 3.0 innings of relief in the NCAA Regional win over Georgia Tech (June 5)
• Recorded first save in the midweek win over Belmont (March 16) with 1.0 inning of work that included a punchout
• Struck out four in 3.1 innings and only allowed a single runner on base in the come-from-behind win over No. 4 Mississippi State (April 25), where he picked up his fourth save of the year
• Fanned 35 in his first 16 appearances (Feb. 22-May 7)
• Closed out NCAA Super Regional with 2.0 shutout innings and two strikeouts to beat East Carolina for a trip to the College World Series

As a Freshman (2020)

  • Season canceled due to coronavirus outbreak
  • Made four relief appearances
  • Did not permit a run in three of four appearances
  • Did not permit a run in consecutive appearances
  • Posted five strikeouts vs. Saint Louis (Feb. 26)

The Maldonado File

  • Prepped at Seton Hall Prep
  • Missed senior season due to injury
  • Hit .411 with 18 RBIs, eight doubles and two triples as a junior
  • On the mound, went 6-2 with 70 strikeouts in 52 innings as a junior
  • Two-time state champion (2015, 2016) where he was the winning pitcher
  • Four-time all-state honoree
  • Member of the Spanish National Honor Society
  • Full name is Nick Mariano Maldonado
  • Son of Frank and Gina
  • Brother to Alexa, Frank and Chris
  • Father, Frank, played baseball at Manhattan College
  • Sister, Alexa, played softball at Notre Dame (2009-12)
  • Brother, Frank, played baseball at Pittsburgh (2014-18)
  • Brother, Chris, is committed to play baseball at Clemson