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Portrait of Eduardo Nunez

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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 32)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
169 .266 4 19 18 6 91 0.3
Birth Date6-15-1987
Height6' 0"
Weight195 lbs
Age32 years, 4 months, 2 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.82015
3.02016
2.42017
0.22018
0.32019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2010 NYA 23 30 53 14 1 0 1 3 2 0 5 0 .280 .321 .360 91 -0.5 0.7 0.0 0.2
2011 NYA 24 112 338 82 18 2 5 22 37 0 22 6 .265 .313 .385 89 -3.7 0.5 -3.6 0.5
2012 NYA 25 38 100 26 4 1 1 6 12 1 11 2 .292 .330 .393 86 -1.6 0.8 -0.5 0.2
2013 NYA 26 90 336 79 17 4 3 20 51 3 10 3 .260 .307 .372 88 -4.1 -0.2 -11.6 -0.4
2014 MIN 27 72 213 51 7 4 4 5 31 1 9 3 .250 .271 .382 79 -4.8 0.9 2.9 0.6
2015 MIN 28 72 204 53 14 1 4 12 29 1 8 4 .282 .327 .431 92 -1.2 0.8 1.7 0.8
2016 MIN 29 91 396 110 15 1 12 15 58 3 27 6 .297 .325 .439 101 1.5 4.8 -2.6 1.8
2016 SFN 29 50 199 49 9 3 4 14 30 2 13 4 .269 .327 .418 98 0.0 1.4 3.6 1.2
2017 BOS 30 38 173 53 12 0 8 6 25 2 6 2 .321 .353 .539 105 1.7 -1.2 -0.1 0.5
2017 SFN 30 76 318 93 21 0 4 12 29 1 18 5 .308 .334 .417 104 2.5 4.4 1.2 1.8
2018 BOS 31 127 502 127 23 3 10 16 69 2 7 2 .265 .289 .388 84 -8.3 -2.6 -0.8 0.2
2019 BOS 32 60 174 38 7 0 2 4 27 0 5 1 .228 .243 .305 59 -8.6 1.7 0.2 -0.2
Career856300677514819581354001614138.276.310.40490-27.112.0-9.77.2

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2005 STA A- NYP 73 310 .256 .332 .370 .353 88 12.8 7.6 3.5 128 0 -9.9 -0.1 10.6 1.2
2006 CSC A SAL 90 371 .000 .000 .000 .259 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 TAM A+ FSL 37 161 .000 .000 .000 .193 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 CSC A SAL 91 360 .265 .336 .398 .268 94 -13.8 10.8 4.9 68 0 -1.1 0.9 -13.1 0.2
2007 TAM A+ FSL 30 134 .271 .342 .408 .327 101 -3.4 4.1 1.9 94 0 2.3 1.1 -0.5 0.9
2008 TAM A+ FSL 94 402 .257 .330 .380 .293 99 -7.1 12.0 5.4 85 0 2.6 -1.9 -13.1 0.5
2009 TRN AA EAS 123 528 .266 .338 .396 .352 87 20.4 15.0 6.4 120 0 -14.5 1.1 11.7 2.1
2010 NYA MLB AL 30 53 .260 .327 .406 .277 119 -1.8 1.5 0.3 91 12 0.0 0.7 -0.5 0.2
2010 SWB AAA INT 118 506 .261 .331 .407 .323 96 -6.8 15.3 6.2 98 0 -5.7 1.3 -0.1 1.6
2011 NYA MLB AL 112 338 .253 .319 .400 .287 106 -5.1 9.1 2.3 89 9 -3.6 0.5 -3.7 0.5
2012 NYA MLB AL 38 100 .250 .317 .399 .313 104 1.6 2.8 0.4 86 16 -0.5 0.8 -1.6 0.2
2012 TAM A+ FSL 2 7 .248 .331 .354 .333 109 -0.5 0.2 0.1 83 0 -0.1 0.2 -0.1 0.0
2012 SWB AAA INT 38 172 .251 .325 .384 .259 97 -13.7 5.1 2 50 0 2.9 2.1 -8.8 0.3
2012 YAN Rk GCL 4 10 .223 .276 .345 .111 98 -0.1 0.3 0.1 82 0 -0.5 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2012 TOR Wnt DWL 12 52 .000 .000 .000 .304 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 NYA MLB AL 90 336 .250 .314 .399 .298 102 -2.1 8.8 3.5 88 8 -11.6 -0.2 -4.1 -0.4
2013 CSC A SAL 2 6 .262 .331 .389 .400 79 0.7 0.2 0.1 126 0 0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.0
2013 TAM A+ FSL 3 5 .229 .320 .336 .333 98 0.6 0.1 0.1 121 0 0.1 0.5 0.0 0.1
2013 TRN AA EAS 2 9 .241 .343 .360 .500 88 0.3 0.2 0 108 0 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 0.0
2014 MIN MLB AL 72 213 .252 .316 .385 .278 107 -6.3 5.5 0.5 79 11 2.9 0.9 -4.8 0.6
2014 NBR AA EAS 4 13 .260 .303 .405 .500 102 1.7 0.4 0 139 0 -0.2 -0.2 0.4 0.0
2014 ROC AAA INT 11 41 .272 .338 .432 .323 104 -1.7 1.2 0.1 81 0 -0.2 -0.2 -1.4 -0.1
2015 MIN MLB AL 72 204 .248 .310 .392 .314 107 0.3 5.5 0.4 92 13 1.7 0.8 -1.2 0.8
2016 MIN MLB AL 91 396 .255 .318 .417 .320 113 0.9 11.2 3 101 8 -2.6 4.8 1.5 1.8
2016 SFN MLB NL 50 199 .249 .312 .395 .302 91 2.3 5.6 0.9 98 8 3.6 1.4 0.0 1.2
2017 BOS MLB AL 38 173 .244 .312 .407 .341 105 8.1 5.1 -0.1 105 7 -0.1 -1.2 1.7 0.5
2017 SFN MLB NL 76 318 .253 .321 .425 .328 90 3.7 9.3 0.8 104 7 1.2 4.4 2.5 1.8
2017 SJO A+ CAL 2 6 .256 .301 .387 .333 108 -0.3 0.2 0 82 0 -0.4 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2017 RIC AA EAS 1 3 .249 .335 .366 .500 109 0.9 0.1 0 80 0 -0.3 -0.1 -0.1 0.0
2018 BOS MLB AL 127 502 .251 .320 .419 .290 107 -12.2 14.1 -0.5 84 8 -0.8 -2.6 -8.3 0.2
2019 BOS MLB AL 60 174 .257 .327 .448 .257 106 -12.9 5.2 -0.5 59 11 0.2 1.7 -8.6 -0.2
2019 PAW AAA INT 4 15 .247 .318 .433 .077 93 -2.3 0.5 -0.1 61 0 0.1 0.2 -0.8 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2005 STA A- NYP 310 281 37 88 11 6 3 120 46 20 43 6 3 .313 .358 .427 .114 6 6
2006 CSC A SAL 371 344 36 78 11 3 2 101 40 23 48 16 5 .227 .279 .294 .067 0 0
2006 TAM A+ FSL 161 147 17 27 5 3 4 50 26 8 28 6 1 .184 .220 .340 .156 4 4
2007 TAM A+ FSL 134 123 16 35 5 0 1 43 13 7 18 9 0 .285 .338 .350 .065 0 0
2007 CSC A SAL 360 328 36 78 10 2 1 95 28 25 42 20 8 .238 .294 .290 .052 2 2
2008 TAM A+ FSL 402 373 45 101 18 3 6 143 42 19 48 14 10 .271 .304 .383 .113 5 5
2009 TRN AA EAS 528 497 70 160 26 1 9 215 55 22 63 19 7 .322 .349 .433 .111 4 4
2010 SWB AAA INT 506 464 55 134 25 3 4 177 50 32 60 23 5 .289 .339 .381 .093 3 3
2010 NYA MLB AL 53 50 12 14 1 0 1 18 7 3 2 5 0 .280 .321 .360 .080 0 0
2011 NYA MLB AL 338 309 38 82 18 2 5 119 30 22 37 22 6 .265 .313 .385 .120 1 6
2012 SWB AAA INT 172 163 18 37 4 0 2 47 16 7 28 16 3 .227 .256 .288 .061 2 0
2012 NYA MLB AL 100 89 14 26 4 1 1 35 11 6 12 11 2 .292 .330 .393 .101 4 0
2012 TOR Wnt DWL 52 51 3 14 2 0 0 16 4 0 5 1 0 .275 .275 .314 .039 0 1
2012 YAN Rk GCL 10 10 1 2 0 0 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .500 .300 0 0
2012 TAM A+ FSL 7 7 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 .286 .286 .286 .000 0 0
2013 NYA MLB AL 336 304 38 79 17 4 3 113 28 20 51 10 3 .260 .307 .372 .112 5 4
2013 CSC A SAL 6 5 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 .400 .500 .400 .000 0 0
2013 TAM A+ FSL 5 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 .333 .600 .333 .000 0 0
2013 TRN AA EAS 9 8 1 3 0 0 0 3 1 1 2 0 0 .375 .444 .375 .000 0 0
2014 MIN MLB AL 213 204 26 51 7 4 4 78 24 5 31 9 3 .250 .271 .382 .132 0
2014 ROC AAA INT 41 39 7 11 1 0 1 15 6 1 8 1 0 .282 .293 .385 .103 1
2014 NBR AA EAS 13 10 1 4 0 1 0 6 0 3 2 1 0 .400 .538 .600 .200 0
2015 MIN MLB AL 204 188 23 53 14 1 4 81 20 12 29 8 4 .282 .327 .431 .149 1 2
2016 MIN MLB AL 396 371 49 110 15 1 12 163 47 15 58 27 6 .297 .325 .439 .143 5 2
2016 SFN MLB NL 199 182 24 49 9 3 4 76 20 14 30 13 4 .269 .327 .418 .148 1 0
2017 RIC AA EAS 3 3 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .667 .333 0 0
2017 SJO A+ CAL 6 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 .200 .333 .200 .000 0 0
2017 SFN MLB NL 318 302 37 93 21 0 4 126 31 12 29 18 5 .308 .334 .417 .109 2 1
2017 BOS MLB AL 173 165 23 53 12 0 8 89 27 6 25 6 2 .321 .353 .539 .218 0 0
2018 BOS MLB AL 502 480 56 127 23 3 10 186 44 16 69 7 2 .265 .289 .388 .123 3 1
2019 PAW AAA INT 15 15 1 2 0 0 1 5 1 0 1 0 0 .133 .133 .333 .200 0 0
2019 BOS MLB AL 174 167 13 38 7 0 2 51 20 4 27 5 1 .228 .243 .305 .078 2 1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2010 170 0.5412 0.5059 0.8953 0.6304 0.3590 0.8966 0.8929 0.1047 -0.0028
2011 1235 0.5061 0.4478 0.8590 0.5664 0.3262 0.9040 0.7789 0.1410 0.0067
2012 379 0.5198 0.4591 0.8506 0.5888 0.3187 0.9224 0.7069 0.1494 0.0014
2013 1205 0.5037 0.4672 0.8348 0.6063 0.3261 0.9103 0.6923 0.1652 -0.0045
2014 738 0.4878 0.5027 0.8464 0.6583 0.3545 0.8861 0.7761 0.1536 0.0004
2015 722 0.5277 0.4792 0.8468 0.6194 0.3226 0.8941 0.7455 0.1532 -0.0011
2016 2110 0.4744 0.5261 0.8261 0.6903 0.3778 0.8842 0.7303 0.1739 0.0000
2017 1700 0.4653 0.5282 0.8341 0.6700 0.4048 0.8849 0.7609 0.1659 0.0000
2018 1700 0.4447 0.5359 0.8419 0.7196 0.3888 0.9099 0.7411 0.1581 0.0000
2019 596 0.4732 0.5285 0.8286 0.6809 0.3917 0.8750 0.7561 0.1714 0.0000
Career105550.48240.50470.83970.65540.36490.89560.74580.16030.0002

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-15 2014-06-30 15-DL 15 14 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2014-04-25 2014-05-04 Minors 9 0 - Back Strain Oblique - -
2014-04-20 2014-04-24 Minors 4 0 - Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2014-02-27 2014-02-27 Camp 0 0 - General Medical Illness - -
2013-08-28 2013-09-01 DTD 4 3 Right Knee Soreness - -
2013-08-19 2013-08-20 DTD 1 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-05-06 2013-07-06 60-DL 61 56 - Trunk Strain Ribcage - -
2013-04-13 2013-04-16 DTD 3 2 Right Wrist Contusion HBP - -
2013-04-06 2013-04-08 DTD 2 2 Left Arm Contusion Biceps - -
2012-05-23 2012-07-03 Minors 41 41 Right Thumb Inflammation - -
2012-03-06 2012-03-17 Camp 11 0 Right Hand Contusion - -
2008-05-12 2008-06-03 Minors 22 0 Left Thumb Sprain Thumb -
2008-04-08 2008-04-20 Minors 12 0 Right Thumb Sprain Thumb -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 BOS $5,000,000
2018 BOS $4,000,000
2017 SFN $4,200,000
2016 MIN $1,475,000
2015 MIN $1,025,000
2014 NYA $
2013 NYA $533,300
2012 NYA $523,800
2011 NYA $419,300
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$12,176,400
2019Current$5,000,000
8 yrPvs + Cur$17,176,400
8 yrTotal$17,176,400

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 90 dISE Baseball1 year/$6M (2018), 2019 option

Details
  • 1 year/$6M (2018), plus 2019 player option. 18:$4M, 19:$4M player option ($2M buyout). 2019 option may increase by $1M based on 2018 plate appearances. May earn additional $1M annually in performance bonuses. Nunez exercised 2019 player option at $5M 11/1/18. DFA by Boston 7/15/19. Released 7/20/19.
  • 1 year/$4.2M (2017). Re-signed by San Francisco 1/13/17 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Boston in trade from San Francisco 7/25/17.
  • 1 year/$1.475M (2016). Re-signed by Minnesota 1/15/16 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by San Francisco in trade from Minnesota 7/28/16.
  • 1 year/$1.025M (2015). Re-signed by Minnesota 1/16/15 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.5769M (2014). Re-signed by NY Yankees 3/14.
  • 1 year/$0.5333M (2013). Re-signed by NY Yankees 3/13.
  • 1 year/$0.5238M (2012). Re-signed by NY Yankees 3/7/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4193M (2011). Re-signed by NY Yankees 3/11.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 230 30 65 12 1 6 26 15 32 10 3 .310 .360 .462 116 15.1 2B -1, 3B 0 1.4
80o 209 27 56 10 1 5 23 13 30 9 3 .292 .341 .432 107 10.9 2B -1, 3B 0 1.0
70o 194 24 50 9 1 4 20 12 28 8 2 .279 .330 .408 102 8.2 2B -1, 3B 0 0.7
60o 181 22 47 9 1 4 19 11 27 7 2 .281 .328 .419 96 6.1 2B -1, 3B 0 0.5
50o 169 20 43 8 1 4 17 10 25 6 2 .276 .321 .417 92 4.4 2B -1, 3B 0 0.3
40o 157 18 38 7 1 3 15 9 24 6 2 .260 .306 .384 87 2.8 2B -1, 3B 0 0.2
30o 144 16 34 6 1 3 14 8 22 5 2 .254 .299 .381 82 1.4 2B -1, 3B 0 0.0
20o 129 14 28 5 1 2 12 7 20 4 1 .233 .279 .342 76 0.0 2B -1, 3B 0 -0.1
10o 108 11 22 4 0 2 9 5 17 4 1 .218 .259 .317 68 -1.5 2B -1, 3B 0 -0.2
Weighted Mean174214481418102672.273.318.410945.12B -1, 3B 00.4

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
202033224245411142312357.261.305.385850.33.40.8-0.45.8-2.7-0.8
20213418620459141911296.259.306.383850.22.80.6-0.44.8-2.2-0.7
20223519621479142011315.259.305.382840.22.60.5-0.55.0-2.4-0.7
2023361231330612127193.258.304.379840.11.60.3-0.33.2-1.6-0.5
2024371041125512116172.255.304.380840.11.20.2-0.32.7-1.3-0.4
2025386471530164101.254.301.375820.00.60.1-0.21.7-0.9-0.2
20263934492013261.253.299.371810.00.30.1-0.10.9-0.5-0.1
20274022251002140.251.299.367800.00.10.0-0.10.6-0.4-0.1
20284112131001120.250.297.366790.00.10.0-0.00.3-0.2-0.0

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 80)

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend
1 93 Omar Infante 2014 88
2 90 Freddy Sanchez 2010 97
3 86 Ronnie Belliard 2007 91
4 85 Brandon Phillips 2013 98
5 84 Mark Grudzielanek 2002 77
6 84 Felipe Lopez 2012 0 DNP
7 83 Keith Lockhart 1997 106
8 83 Steve Sax 1992 78
9 83 Delino DeShields 2001 84
10 83 Skip Schumaker 2012 86
11 83 Jim Gantner 1985 82
12 83 Phil Garner 1981 90
13 83 Red Schoendienst 1955 92
14 83 Aaron Miles 2009 53
15 82 Alexei Ramirez 2014 99
16 82 Jeff Treadway 1995 75
17 82 Kazuo Matsui 2008 92
18 82 Frank Bolling 1964 63
19 82 Bobby Avila 1956 76
20 82 Alvin Dark 1954 92
21 82 Bill Mazeroski 1969 90
22 82 Cristian Guzman 2010 72
23 82 Howie Kendrick 2016 87
24 82 Tito Fuentes 1976 69
25 82 Aaron Hill 2014 85
26 81 Miguel Cairo 2006 67
27 81 Manny Trillo 1983 77
28 81 Adam Kennedy 2008 86
29 81 Gil McDougald 1960 99
30 81 Gene Baker 1957 88
31 81 J.J. Hardy 2015 66
32 81 Cliff Pennington 2016 68
33 81 Lenn Sakata 1986 100
34 81 Bob Johnson 1968 80
35 80 Art Howe 1979 89
36 80 Erick Aybar 2016 74
37 80 Mark Ellis 2009 92
38 80 Mickey Witek 1948 0 DNP
39 80 Dave Nelson 1976 78
40 80 Orlando Hudson 2010 89
41 80 Ken Hamlin 1967 0 DNP
42 80 Woody Williams 1945 71
43 80 Edgar Renteria 2009 74
44 80 Zack Cozart 2018 90
45 80 Bubba Phillips 1960 59
46 80 Mark Loretta 2004 132
47 79 Daniel Murphy 2017 133
48 79 Todd Walker 2005 113
49 79 Nelson Liriano 1996 79
50 79 Horace Clarke 1972 90
51 79 Tadahito Iguchi 2007 97
52 79 Mark Christman 1946 89
53 79 Julio Lugo 2008 75
54 79 Mike Lansing 2000 64
55 79 Billy Herman 1942 107
56 79 Jason Bartlett 2012 56
57 79 Ray Knight 1985 74
58 79 Rajai Davis 2013 92
59 79 Joe Stripp 1935 95
60 78 Ramon Santiago 2012 67
61 78 Damion Easley 2002 97
62 78 Roberto Alomar 2000 107
63 78 Ted Uhlaender 1972 67
64 78 Gene Mauch 1958 0 DNP
65 78 Julio Franco 1991 139
66 78 Ronny Cedeno 2015 0 DNP
67 78 Frank Malzone 1962 95
68 78 Julian Javier 1969 105
69 78 Joe Randa 2002 94
70 78 Charlie Neal 1963 79
71 78 Tony Cuccinello 1940 64
72 78 Jerry Lumpe 1965 92
73 78 Manny Sanguillen 1976 98
74 78 Hank Majeski 1949 93
75 78 Frank White 1983 87
76 77 Rich Amaral 1994 92
77 77 Pete Runnels 1960 111
78 77 Billy Gardner 1960 80
79 77 Milt Stock 1926 68
80 77 Glenn Beckert 1973 76
81 77 Carl Furillo 1954 105
82 77 Denny Walling 1986 124
83 77 Jack Wilson 2010 69
84 77 John Kerr 1931 84
85 77 Clint Barmes 2011 92
86 77 Debs Garms 1939 100
87 77 Rex Hudler 1993 0 DNP
88 77 Michael Young 2009 132
89 77 Jay Payton 2005 110
90 77 Ralph Garr 1978 86
91 77 Jim Eisenreich 1991 91
92 77 Akinori Iwamura 2011 0 DNP
93 77 Mike Aviles 2013 88
94 77 Ray Durham 2004 109
95 77 Johnny Logan 1958 80
96 77 Steve Finley 1997 104
97 77 U.L. Washington 1986 63
98 77 Vic Power 1960 90
99 77 Dave Concepcion 1980 82
100 77 Rafael Furcal 2010 112

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 Once again, none of it makes sense. Nunez returned to his pre-breakout ways for the first half of 2017, posting an empty average and using his speed to carve out an everyday role with the Giants despite his poor glove. The Red Sox needed some infield insurance and the asking price for Nunez was awfully low, so he made sense as a deadline acquisition. But once in Boston, Nunez rediscovered his 2016 All-Star ways. He doubled his ISO after heading east. He hit the ball harder and pulled it more. He even looked kind of sort of okayish at second base. Unfortunately, Nunez played just once after September 9 thanks to a knee injury. He returned for the ALDS but fell to the ground in pain trying to run out a groundball in his first at-bat, done for the series and the season. Nunez now enters free agency coming off of two strong years, but he’s a speed-based player with a recent leg injury who’s on the wrong side of 30. He’s got more red flags than a Moroccan parade, but are you really willing to bet against him at this point?
2017 None of it makes sense. Nunez made the All-Star team for the last-place Twins. He got traded to a team with solid regulars at all three positions he plays, in exchange for their third-best prospect. He then doubled his walk rate and ended up with 40(!) stolen bases. Essentially, the former King of the Infield Fly exists to confound, which makes him a perfect hitter for the Giants. Utility infielders can earn their title one of two ways: by being able to play multiple positions, or not being able to hit well enough to play any position. Until last year, Nunez was clearly the latter, so upon arriving in the bay the Giants gave Nunez a permanent home at Matt Duffy's position and ... it actually worked. He's the kind of league-average hitter who does absolutely nothing well, an aesthetic blight on the game. PECOTA believes that the whole season was a mirage, but knowing Nunez, next year will just bring a different one.
2016 Often maligned for his lack of strengths, Nunez has done a laudable job of shoring up his weaknesses. He's unimpressive but passable at either position on the left side of an infield. He did a much better job of working at-bats with a purpose in 2015, expanding his strike zone less often and making harder contact once he got his pitch. He can't keep his helmet on when he runs the bases and he makes some downright strange mistakes in the field, but he's a tenable bench player, the kind that allows teams to carry talented, fragile players, or bet a little more aggressively on young and unproven guys.
2015 Two things changed for Nunez the instant he moved from New York to Minnesota last spring: Instead of backing up millionaires, he's now playing second fiddle to thousandaires, and instead of being crucified by a pitiless Big Apple press corps, he's being ignored by Midwestern scribes taught to say nothing at all if there was nothing nice to say. What hasn't changed is the fact that Nunez has neither the bat of an everyday player nor the dependable glove of a utility guy. Last year he was outstanding in at least one way: His 2.3 percent walk rate was the lowest in the American League. So there's that.
2014 Nunez won last seasons Warm Body Award, earning regular playing time more through the unavailability of others than any tools he brought to the table. In the field, he wasnt much more mobile than Jeter, and he didnt have a fractured ankle or advanced age as an excuse. Nor is he dependable on balls hit right at him, with an arm so erratic that reporters clustered in foul territory are sometimes forced to scatter when he throws on the side during batting practice. This is the point in the profile of many defensively limited players where wed write But boy, can he hit, but Nunez doesnt do that either. Had the Yankees had anyone better to turn to than rejects from the other 29 teams, the strained ribcage that cost Nunez two months might have been a blessing.
2013 May 10 was a microcosm of Nunezs 2012 season: He started at third base against southpaw David Price and went 2-for-2 with a walk and two steals, but he also committed two errors. As soon as the Yankees got a lead, he was removed from the game and replaced by Nix. The next day, he was demoted to Triple-A despite a .294 average and a .356 OBP, which tells you most of what you need to know about his defense. Nunez lacks the glove of a true super-sub, so hes trying to pioneer the position of bat-first utility guy. The problem is that he has neither the patience nor the power to pull that off at any position, and theres a reason why the part he wants to play wasnt pioneered earlier.
2012 The Yankees like to tout Nunez as a potential starter or multi-position sub. Nunez's talent is flattered but declines the honor on account of the Yankees having confused it with someone else. Nunez can run a bit, but is spectacularly prone to errors for a player whose main job is to play solid defense when called off the bench (Jeter made 12 errors in 1047.1 innings at short; Nunez made 14 in 386.1). As for his bat, barring some BABIP-related swelling, this is it. Starting potential: nil. Reserve potential: still TBD pending softer hands. The Yankees' position on both: disproportionately enthusiastic bordering on delusional.
2011 Nunez inserted himself into the Jeter-successor picture, at least transiently, with a solid-if-unexciting season at Scranton. A contact hitter, Nunezs fundamentals at the plate impress scouts, but his approach doesnt produce extra-base hits or walks, which he will need to keep his production up given that he's not likely to hit .300 regularly. That said, the average major-league shortstop hit .262/.319/.374 last year, and if thats the new standard then Nunez might actually be, well, not more potent than the the new kids on the block, but at least as potent. Add to his single-icious hitting style an improved defensive approach that saw him dramatically cut his errors, and one has to admit that Nunez may be the face of an impoverished future. Wake the children: the days of the Holy Trinity are at an end.
2010 Nunez first drew attention in 2005, when he hit .318 as an 18-year-old Low-A-baller playing against strapping college types. Three years went by during which Nunez hit .243/.286/.329. What seemed like a social promotion to Trenton turned into a shot at redemption, when Nunez rediscovered how to hit. He picked the right place: Waterfront Park is a tough place to hit .322. He isn't out of the woods yet, because he won't walk and 33 errors in 120 games means he's probably not a shortstop. If he keeps hitting .300, someone will find a place for him, but if (or when) his BABIP regresses, he has nothing to fall back on.

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