Nidiffer was one of the biggest signings of last season for the Beach Bums for his ability and experience in handling a pitching staff. Thanks in part to his efforts, Traverse City sported a 3.52 team ERA. Offensively, Nidiffer hit .241 with nine homers and 38 RBI while becoming just the third catcher in Beach Bums history to play in 70 or more games behind the plate.
The righthanded hitter joined Traverse City follow a year-long stint in each of the Astros and Angels organizations. In 2010, he combined to hit .286 with 14 homers and 36 RBI during 69 games with the Greeneville Astros (Appalachian – Rookie) and Tri-City ValleyCats (New York-Penn – A-). For the 2011 campaign, Nidiffer hit .230 with six long balls and 24 RBI in 68 games as a first baseman for the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Midwest – A).