"Offensively he has progressed a lot since Spring Training. When you're up here for this amount of time, his progression has been nice to see. It's been impressive."
Nieto, 24, picked up a career-high three hits in Friday's loss, along with his first RBI. He has made seven starts at catcher overall, all but one with John Danks on the mound, but could get more work as the summer heats up and the games add up.
"There will be more spots for him to be in there," Ventura said. "He's progressed to where if we need to get Tyler [Flowers] a blow for some reason you're able to throw him in there a little more than that."
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