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Portrait of Eduardo Nunez

Eduardo Nunez SSRed Sox

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
9 2832 .279 .314 .410 90 7.5
Birth Date6-15-1987
Height6' 0"
Weight195 lbs
Age31 years, 7 months, 3 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.82014
0.72015
3.42016
1.92017
0.12018
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 89 -0.4 0.7 0.0 0.2
2011 NYA 24 112 338 82 18 2 5 22 37 0 22 6 .265 .313 .385 88 -3.2 0.5 -3.6 0.5
2012 NYA 25 38 100 26 4 1 1 6 12 1 11 2 .292 .330 .393 82 -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 84 -4.6 -0.2 -11.6 -0.4
2014 MIN 27 72 213 51 7 4 4 5 31 1 9 3 .250 .271 .382 85 -2.8 0.9 2.9 0.8
2015 MIN 28 72 204 53 14 1 4 12 29 1 8 4 .282 .327 .431 87 -2.2 0.8 1.7 0.7
2016 MIN 29 91 396 110 15 1 12 15 58 3 27 6 .297 .325 .439 106 4.7 4.8 -2.6 2.2
2016 SFN 29 50 199 49 9 3 4 14 30 2 13 4 .269 .327 .418 99 0.8 1.4 3.6 1.3
2017 BOS 30 38 173 53 12 0 8 6 25 2 6 2 .321 .353 .539 96 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1 0.4
2017 SFN 30 76 318 93 21 0 4 12 29 1 18 5 .308 .334 .417 96 -0.2 4.4 1.2 1.6
2018 BOS 31 127 502 127 23 3 10 16 69 2 7 2 .265 .289 .387 82 -8.8 -2.6 -0.8 0.1
Career796283273714119561313731613637.279.314.41091-18.410.4-9.97.5

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 G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2005 STA A- 73 310 .256 .332 .370 .353 88 12.8 7.6 3.5 105 1 -9.9 -0.1 3.2 0.4
2006 CSC A 90 371 .000 .000 .000 .259 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 TAM A+ 37 161 .000 .000 .000 .193 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 CSC A 91 360 .265 .336 .398 .268 94 -13.8 10.8 4.9 71 1 -1.1 0.9 -12.6 0.3
2007 TAM A+ 30 134 .271 .342 .408 .327 101 -3.4 4.1 1.9 88 2 2.3 1.1 -1.7 0.8
2008 TAM A+ 94 402 .257 .330 .380 .293 99 -7.1 12.0 5.4 89 1 2.6 -1.9 -3.3 1.5
2009 TRN AA 123 528 .266 .338 .396 .352 87 20.4 15.0 6.4 104 1 -14.5 1.1 3.7 1.2
2010 NYA MLB 30 53 .260 .327 .406 .277 119 -1.8 1.5 0.3 89 19 0.0 0.7 -0.4 0.2
2010 SWB AAA 118 506 .261 .331 .407 .323 95 -5.5 15.3 6.3 94 1 -5.7 1.3 -2.0 1.5
2011 NYA MLB 112 338 .253 .319 .400 .287 106 -5.1 9.1 2.3 88 14 -3.6 0.5 -3.2 0.5
2012 NYA MLB 38 100 .250 .317 .399 .313 104 1.5 2.8 0.4 82 28 -0.5 0.8 -1.6 0.2
2012 TAM A+ 2 7 .248 .331 .354 .333 109 -0.5 0.2 0.1 92 5 -0.1 0.2 -0.1 0.0
2012 SWB AAA 38 172 .251 .325 .384 .259 97 -13.7 5.1 2 75 2 2.9 2.1 -4.7 0.7
2012 YAN Rk 4 10 .223 .276 .345 .111 100 -0.2 0.3 0.1 101 7 -0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 TOR Wnt 12 52 .000 .000 .000 .304 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 NYA MLB 90 336 .250 .314 .399 .298 101 -1.5 8.8 3.5 84 20 -11.6 -0.2 -4.6 -0.4
2013 CSC A 2 6 .262 .331 .389 .400 83 0.6 0.2 0.1 82 11 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 0.0
2013 TAM A+ 3 5 .229 .320 .336 .333 98 0.6 0.1 0.1 89 7 0.1 0.5 -0.1 0.1
2013 TRN AA 2 9 .241 .343 .360 .500 90 0.3 0.2 0 94 8 0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.0
2014 MIN MLB 72 213 .252 .316 .385 .278 108 -6.8 5.5 0.5 85 23 2.9 0.9 -2.8 0.8
2014 NBR AA 4 13 .260 .303 .405 .500 100 1.7 0.4 0 89 2 -0.2 -0.2 -0.2 0.0
2014 ROC AAA 11 41 .272 .338 .432 .323 103 -1.6 1.2 0.1 93 2 -0.2 -0.2 -0.3 0.1
2015 MIN MLB 72 204 .248 .310 .392 .314 106 0.3 5.5 0.4 87 17 1.7 0.8 -2.2 0.7
2016 MIN MLB 91 396 .255 .318 .417 .320 110 1.7 11.2 3 106 15 -2.6 4.8 4.7 2.2
2016 SFN MLB 50 199 .249 .312 .395 .302 92 2.2 5.6 0.9 99 17 3.6 1.4 0.8 1.3
2017 BOS MLB 38 173 .244 .312 .407 .341 105 8.2 5.1 -0.1 96 14 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1 0.4
2017 SFN MLB 76 318 .253 .321 .425 .328 88 4.2 9.3 0.8 96 12 1.2 4.4 -0.2 1.6
2017 SJO A+ 2 6 .256 .301 .387 .333 108 -0.3 0.2 0 88 4 -0.4 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2017 RIC AA 1 3 .249 .335 .366 .500 106 1 0.1 0 101 6 -0.3 -0.1 0.0 0.0
2018 BOS MLB 127 502 .251 .320 .419 .290 106 -11.9 14.1 -0.5 82 15 -0.8 -2.6 -8.8 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2010 170 0.5118 0.5059 0.8953 0.6437 0.3614 0.8929 0.9000 0.1047 -0.0028
2011 1235 0.5020 0.4478 0.8590 0.5742 0.3203 0.9017 0.7817 0.1410 0.0067
2012 379 0.5145 0.4591 0.8506 0.6051 0.3043 0.9153 0.7143 0.1494 0.0014
2013 1205 0.4871 0.4672 0.8348 0.6065 0.3350 0.9073 0.7101 0.1652 -0.0045
2014 738 0.4810 0.5027 0.8464 0.6620 0.3551 0.8809 0.7868 0.1536 0.0004
2015 722 0.5208 0.4792 0.8468 0.6277 0.3179 0.8941 0.7455 0.1532 -0.0011
2016 2110 0.4791 0.5261 0.8261 0.6904 0.3749 0.8883 0.7209 0.1739 0.0000
2017 1700 0.4594 0.5282 0.8341 0.6697 0.4081 0.8891 0.7573 0.1659 0.0000
2018 1700 0.4435 0.5359 0.8419 0.7281 0.3827 0.9035 0.7486 0.1581 0.0000
Career99590.47850.50330.84040.65800.36180.89600.74750.15960.0002

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
2018Current$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.
  • 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.

2018 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 TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 432 57 127 25 3 9 48 24 60 26 7 .317 .358 .461 .283 25.2 2B -3, LF 2 2.4
80o 415 53 117 23 3 8 45 22 59 24 7 .303 .344 .440 .272 19.5 2B -3, LF 2 1.9
70o 402 50 110 21 3 8 42 20 58 22 6 .294 .333 .430 .264 15.6 2B -3, LF 2 1.5
60o 391 47 103 20 2 7 40 19 57 21 6 .282 .321 .405 .257 12.4 2B -3, LF 2 1.2
50o 381 45 98 19 2 7 38 18 56 20 6 .275 .314 .399 .250 9.6 2B -2, LF 2 0.9
40o 371 43 93 18 2 6 37 17 56 19 6 .268 .306 .383 .244 6.8 2B -2, LF 2 0.6
30o 360 41 88 17 2 6 35 16 55 18 5 .261 .297 .377 .237 4.2 2B -2, LF 2 0.4
20o 347 39 83 16 2 6 32 15 53 17 5 .255 .290 .371 .229 1.1 2B -2, LF 2 0.0
10o 330 35 74 14 2 5 30 14 52 15 4 .239 .274 .345 .217 -2.7 2B -2, LF 2 -0.4
Weighted Mean384461002027391957206.279.319.405.25210.32B -2, LF 21.0

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 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 TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201932464521152321050257222.267.311.401.2450.99.23.40.412.5-7.1-0.8
20203342948108222946226719.271.312.403.2440.77.32.80.311.5-7.3-0.7
2021343864396192841226316.269.314.401.2440.66.32.20.110.4-6.4-0.7
2022353714190181840205914.264.309.396.2410.44.61.90.010.0-7.3-0.6
2023362983374151632174810.269.315.397.2430.43.91.4-0.18.0-5.4-0.5
202437289327114163016479.266.310.394.2410.33.01.2-0.27.8-5.8-0.5
202538272306714152814458.265.308.393.2400.22.31.0-0.27.3-5.8-0.5
202639262286413152714447.264.307.389.2380.11.70.9-0.37.0-6.0-0.4
202740252276112152613426.262.305.385.2360.10.90.8-0.36.8-6.3-0.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 83)

Rank Score Name Year COMP_DRC_PLUS Trend
1 89 Bubba Phillips 1959 ?
2 88 Joe Randa 2001 ?
3 88 Carney Lansford 1988 ?
4 87 Felipe Lopez 2011 ?
5 87 Ron Jackson 1984 ?
6 87 Frank Malzone 1961 ?
7 87 Chone Figgins 2009 ?
8 87 Dick Williams 1960 ?
9 86 Jeff Treadway 1994 ?
10 86 Rich Rollins 1969 ?
11 85 Jeff Cirillo 2001 ?
12 85 Bob Aspromonte 1969 ?
13 85 Billy Moran 1965 ?
14 85 Carlos Baerga 2000 ? DNP
15 85 Jeff King 1996 ?
16 85 Omar Infante 2013 ?
17 84 Mark Loretta 2003 ?
18 84 Larvell Blanks 1981 ? DNP
19 84 Martin Prado 2015 ?
20 84 Keith Miller 1994 ?
21 84 George Kell 1954 ?
22 84 Freddy Sanchez 2009 ?
23 84 Alexei Ramirez 2013 ?
24 84 Joe Crede 2009 ?
25 84 Cristian Guzman 2009 ?
26 84 Ray Jablonski 1958 ?
27 83 Chris Stynes 2004 ?
28 83 Ed Charles 1964 ?
29 83 Randy Jackson 1957 ?
30 83 Bobby Adams 1953 ?
31 83 Buddy Bell 1983 ?
32 83 Terry Pendleton 1992 ?
33 83 Jack Wilson 2009 ?
34 83 Tony Graffanino 2003 ?
35 83 J.J. Hardy 2014 ?
36 83 Ronnie Belliard 2006 ?
37 83 Clete Boyer 1968 ?
38 82 Aaron Boone 2004 ? DNP
39 82 Todd Zeile 1997 ?
40 82 Denny Walling 1985 ?
41 82 David Bell 2004 ?
42 82 Erick Aybar 2015 ?
43 82 Wally Backman 1991 ?
44 82 Adrian Beltre 2010 ?
45 82 Ed Spiezio 1973 ? DNP
46 82 Ron Coomer 1998 ?
47 82 Tom Brookens 1985 ?
48 82 Trevor Plouffe 2017 ?
49 82 Alvin Dark 1953 ?
50 82 Don Buford 1968 ?
51 81 Vic Power 1959 ?
52 81 Reed Johnson 2008 ?
53 81 Mike Cubbage 1982 ? DNP
54 81 Jerry Royster 1984 ?
55 81 Darnell Coles 1993 ?
56 81 Eddie Kasko 1963 ?
57 81 Charlie Hayes 1996 ?
58 81 Carl Furillo 1953 ?
59 81 Jason Bartlett 2011 ?
60 81 Mickey Stanley 1974 ?
61 81 Yuniesky Betancourt 2013 ?
62 81 Frank Bolling 1963 ?
63 81 Lou Klimchock 1971 ? DNP
64 81 Marquis Grissom 1998 ?
65 81 Steve Finley 1996 ?
66 81 Julio Lugo 2007 ?
67 81 Zack Cozart 2017 ?
68 81 Tracy Jones 1992 ? DNP
69 81 Scott Brosius 1998 ?
70 81 Bob Molinaro 1981 ?
71 81 Rajai Davis 2012 ?
72 81 Wayne Krenchicki 1986 ?
73 80 Adam Kennedy 2007 ?
74 80 Steve Sax 1991 ?
75 80 Abraham Nunez 2007 ?
76 80 Ken Caminiti 1994 ?
77 80 Scott Leius 1997 ? DNP
78 80 Russ Snyder 1965 ?
79 80 Danny Cater 1971 ?
80 80 Edgar Renteria 2008 ?
81 80 Bill Sample 1986 ?
82 80 Cliff Pennington 2015 ?
83 80 Emilio Bonifacio 2016 ?
84 80 Walt Williams 1975 ?
85 80 Billy Hatcher 1992 ?
86 80 Jim Gantner 1984 ?
87 80 Tim Naehring 1998 ? DNP
88 80 Herbert Perry 2001 ?
89 80 Garth Iorg 1986 ?
90 80 Mark Ellis 2008 ?
91 80 Coco Crisp 2011 ?
92 80 Chris Sabo 1993 ?
93 80 Brandon Inge 2008 ?
94 80 Travis Fryman 2000 ?
95 80 Brendan Ryan 2013 ?
96 80 Jim Eisenreich 1990 ?
97 80 Endy Chavez 2009 ?
98 80 Gabe Kapler 2007 ? DNP
99 80 Bill Buckner 1981 ?
100 80 Mike Sharperson 1993 ?

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG DRC+
10 vs L (Multi) .252 .282 .431 ?
11 vs R (Multi) .295 .336 .422 ?
18 Split (Multi) .042 .055 -.008 ?
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 ?
30 vs L (2016) .265 .295 .456 ?
31 vs R (2016) .295 .336 .424 ?
38 Split (2016) .030 .041 -.031 ?
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 ?

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
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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