Nicholas Paul Punto (born November 8, 1977) is an American former professional baseball infielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Oakland Athletics. With the Cardinals, he won the 2011 World Series over the Texas Rangers. He has also played for the Italian national baseball team in the World Baseball Classic.
Punto was drafted in the 21st round of the 1998 MLB draft. In 3 years with the Phillies he played in a total of 77 games and hit .223. .
Punto had his best full season in Minnesota during the 2006 season when he batted .290 with 45 runs batted in, and posted 17 stolen bases in 135 games.
In 7 years with the Twins, Punto played in 747 games with a .248 batting average.
St. Louis Cardinals
Punto played in 63 games with the Cardinals, as a utility player, and hit .278. Punto had 3 hits in 14 at-bats in the 2011 World Series.
Boston Red Sox
Punto played in 65 games with the Red Sox in 2012, he hit .200 while starting games at second base, third base and shortstop. He also appeared in five games at first base.
Los Angeles Dodgers
On August 25, 2012 he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers and appeared in 22 games with the Dodgers and hit .286.
On November 13, 2013, Punto agreed to a one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics, where he hit .207 with 2 home runs and 14 RBIs in 198 at-bats.