Renato Nunez
Renato Nunez
26-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Baltimore Orioles
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Following a strong finish to the 2018 season, Nunez broke camp as Baltimore's primary DH in 2019 and appeared in a career-high 151 games. While his average (.244) and OBP (.311) took expected steps back -- where they seem likely to remain moving forward given his poor approach at the plate (7.3 BB%, 23.9 K%) -- Nunez showcased his impressive, though often streaky, power, belting 31 home runs (second most on the team) and posting a career-best .216 ISO. He typically hit cleanup, which resulted in Nunez finishing second on the team in RBI (90) and third in runs (72). While Nunez fared better against lefties (.836 OPS vs. LHP, .733 OPS vs. RHP), he still managed to rack up 18 homers against right-handers. He's a poor defender at first and third base, but there's nobody on this team really deserving of DH at-bats over Nunez. He figures to see plenty of time in the heart of the order for the rebuilding Orioles. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Orioles in March of 2019.
Homers in second consecutive game
1BBaltimore Orioles
August 2, 2020
Nunez went 2-for-4 with two RBI, two runs, one walk and one strikeout in Sunday's win against the Rays.
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Nunez got off to a bit of a slow start to begin the season, but he's now blasted his first two home runs of 2020 over the past two games. The 26-year-old has a .955 OPS with six extra-base hits and six RBI over the Orioles' first eight games.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+36%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+14%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .787 319 43 16 49 0 .263 .317 .471
Since 2018vs Right .760 577 66 25 69 1 .242 .315 .444
2020vs Left .750 8 2 0 2 0 .250 .250 .500
2020vs Right 1.018 28 7 2 4 0 .292 .393 .625
2019vs Left .836 221 34 13 38 0 .270 .326 .510
2019vs Right .733 378 38 18 52 1 .229 .302 .431
2018vs Left .670 90 7 3 9 0 .247 .300 .370
2018vs Right .778 171 21 5 13 0 .265 .333 .445
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+91%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+20%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+52%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .786 444 55 18 49 1 .253 .342 .443
Since 2018Away .753 452 54 23 69 0 .247 .290 .463
2020Home 1.172 23 7 2 3 0 .316 .435 .737
2020Away .615 13 2 0 3 0 .231 .231 .385
2019Home .842 295 36 16 40 1 .263 .342 .500
2019Away .703 304 36 15 50 0 .226 .280 .423
2018Home .578 126 12 0 6 0 .215 .325 .252
2018Away .877 135 16 8 16 0 .295 .319 .558
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.57
 
BB Rate
11.1%
 
K Rate
19.4%
 
BABIP
.304
 
ISO
.313
 
AVG
.281
 
OBP
.361
 
SLG
.594
 
OPS
.955
 
wOBA
.409
 
Exit Velocity
82.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
48.0%
 
Barrels/PA
6.5%
 
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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.
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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Fills in for Davis at first base
1BBaltimore Orioles
August 2, 2020
Nunez will start at first base and bat third Sunday against the Rays.
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Working at third base again
1BBaltimore Orioles
March 18, 2020
Nunez has been working at third base during spring training, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
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Reaches 30 homers
1BBaltimore Orioles
September 27, 2019
Nunez went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in Friday's win over the Red Sox.
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Retreats to bench
1BBaltimore Orioles
September 25, 2019
Nunez is not starting Wednesday against the Blue Jays, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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On bench Monday
1BBaltimore Orioles
September 23, 2019
Nunez is not starting Monday against the Blue Jays, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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