Renato Nunez
Renato Nunez
25-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Baltimore Orioles
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A hamstring injury cost Nunez his chance to make the Athletics' Opening Day roster, and the team flipped him to the Rangers in mid-April. He hit just .167 in 13 games for Texas before being DFA'd and claimed by the Orioles in mid-May. He wasn't called up to the big leagues in Baltimore until mid-July, but then quietly put up a decent season, hitting .275/.336/.445 in 60 games, including an .891 OPS in 25 games in September. Nunez's prospect reports suggested he was destined for a bench or platoon role as he's limited to the corners defensively and doesn't have standout power or contact ability. That could still be his long-term future, but he should be given plenty of playing time on a rebuilding Orioles team. A repeat of last year's numbers over a full season would give Nunez some modest deep-league value, though his expected batting average according to Statcast was just .219, suggesting regression may be in order. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Orioles in March of 2019.
Smashes two homers
3BBaltimore Orioles
April 20, 2019
Nunez went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers in a 16-7 loss to the Twins in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday.
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Nunez hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning off Martin Perez and added a solo shot off Fernando Romero in the eighth. The homers were his fourth and fifth of the season, and the 25-year-old is now batting .304 with 16 RBI this year.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .722 131 14 6 19 0 .258 .305 .417
Since 2017vs Right .789 234 29 8 22 0 .268 .333 .455
2019vs Left .902 30 6 2 7 0 .321 .367 .536
2019vs Right .828 58 8 3 9 0 .278 .328 .500
2018vs Left .670 90 7 3 9 0 .247 .300 .370
2018vs Right .778 171 21 5 13 0 .265 .333 .445
2017vs Left .636 11 1 1 3 0 .182 .182 .455
2017vs Right .650 5 0 0 0 0 .250 .400 .250
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Since 2017
 
 
+22%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+38%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+52%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+26%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .682 172 20 3 12 0 .252 .337 .344
Since 2017Away .833 193 23 11 29 0 .275 .311 .522
2019Home 1.006 39 8 3 6 0 .351 .385 .622
2019Away .728 49 6 2 10 0 .244 .306 .422
2018Home .578 126 12 0 6 0 .215 .325 .252
2018Away .877 135 16 8 16 0 .295 .319 .558
2017Home .571 7 0 0 0 0 .286 .286 .286
2017Away .722 9 1 1 3 0 .125 .222 .500
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How does Renato Nunez compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.23
 
BB Rate
5.7%
 
K Rate
25.0%
 
BABIP
.345
 
ISO
.220
 
AVG
.293
 
OBP
.341
 
SLG
.512
 
OPS
.853
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Nunez has received 31 MLB plate appearances over two seasons, and 23 of those have come against lefties. Suffice it to say, if he is going to make it in Oakland, it will be on the short side of a platoon. To make matters worse, 26 of those plate appearances have come either as a designated hitter or pinch hitter. He doesn't fit into their immediate plans in left field or at third base, although he could masquerade at either position in a pinch. Nunez hit .283/.380/.587 with seven home runs in 92 at-bats against southpaws at Triple-A last year, so he is worth deploying as a cheap option in daily leagues when he gets a start against a lefty, but there likely won't be any other way to extract value from the limited slugger in 2018. He turns 24 in April and is out of minor-league options, so he will likely break camp on the big-league roster.
It would be pretty easy to view Nunez's 2016 as a failure, or at least a step backward. After all, he posted a 78 wRC+ with Triple-A Nashville and then hit .133 with zero walks or extra-base hits in 15 big league plate appearances at the end of the season. He was quite poor when playing in Nashville, one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in the Pacific Coast League, but he hit 15 home runs with a .727 OPS on the road. Nunez, who turns 23 in April, is 13 months younger than his more highly-touted organization mate, Matt Chapman, who has played just 18 games at Triple-A. If Nunez had spent most of his season in the Texas League, as Chapman did, his prospect stock would be sizzling. Both prospects are flawed power hitters -- Nunez just happens to be closer to contributing in the majors. The most likely outcome is that he either occupies the short side of a DH platoon, as he has mashed lefties for most of his career, or he simply serves as a right-handed power bat off the bench.
Nunez did not quite match his breakout 2014 (29 homers), but still showed a lot of the raw power the A's are excited about. Nunez started slowly in May with a .214 average and only eight RBI, but he righted the ship quickly with 15 homers and 35 RBI combined in June and July. A hamstring injury in August limited his counting stats, but his .812 OPS answered any questions about whether the jump to Double-A would cause him significant issues. Nunez also made an early splash in October in the Arizona Fall League with a three-homer game in the first week of play. There are questions about where Nunez will end up defensively, as he is below average at the hot corner, though he does have a strong arm. Nunez is one of the top offensive prospects in the A's system and even though he will be just 22 in April, he could find his way to Oakland in the second half if he continues his mashing ways.
Nunez, still just 20 years old during the 2014 season, continued his impressive power display in the minors, this time hitting 29 home runs and driving in 96 runs over 124 games for High-A Stockton, including a crazy stretch of 20 homers over 64 games after the All-Star break. Over the same number of at-bats from 2013, he also cut 23 strikeouts off his total, a good sign that he is improving his contact skills. With the trade of Addison Russell, Nunez should rank very high on A's prospect lists coming into 2015. He was added to the 40-man roster in November to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft and will likely start the year in Double-A with a chance to advance to Triple-A during the season. If he continues to mash following the promotion, Nunez should be on track to arrive in the big leagues in 2016.
The A's signed Nunez as a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic in 2010. Nunez hit .259 in Low-A with Beloit in 2013, but did hit 19 home runs and drove in 85 runs, an impressive season for a 19-year-old and in the pitcher-friendly parks of the Midwest League. By all accounts, his speed will never be an asset and his defense needs work, but most scouts agree that the power is legit. In order to move through the system quickly, Nunez will need to do something to rectify his issues making contact, as he whiffed 136 times in 2013 in 508 at-bats.
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Records three hits
3BBaltimore Orioles
April 15, 2019
Nunez went 3-for-5 with a double, RBI single and run scored in an 8-1 victory against the Red Sox on Monday.
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Goes deep in loss
3BBaltimore Orioles
April 12, 2019
Nunez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run Friday against the Red Sox.
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Manning cleanup spot
3BBaltimore Orioles
March 30, 2019
Nunez will serve as the Orioles' designated hitter and bat cleanup Sunday against the Yankees, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.
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Not starting in opener
3BBaltimore Orioles
March 28, 2019
Nunez isn't in the lineup for Thursday's Opening Day game against the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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May open season as main DH
3BBaltimore Orioles
March 25, 2019
Nunez (biceps) will bat seventh and serve as the Orioles' designated hitter in Monday's exhibition game against the Mets, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
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