Eduardo Nunez
Eduardo Nunez
33-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
New York Mets
60-Day IL
Injury Knee
Est. Return 2/1/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Nunez is still only 32 years old, but we may have seen the last of him in Major League Baseball. The biggest issue: Nunez's on-base skills are severely lacking. His walk rate has not cracked even 4% in any of the last three seasons, and that number was down to just 2.3% over 60 games before the Red Sox DFA'd and subsequently released him in July. Nunez's 35 wRC+ was the fourth-worst mark among all hitters with at least 150 PA, better than only Jeff Mathis, Chris Owings and Lewis Brinson. The fact that no team brought him aboard after Boston cut bait was telling. Just a few short years ago, Nunez was very much fantasy relevant given his BA and speed -- he stole 64 bases combined in 2016-17 -- but his real-life value never matched up with his fantasy utility. Front offices are emphasizing OBP and deemphasizing speed, which is bad news for Nunez and his chances of finding steady work in the big leagues. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Mets in January of 2020.
Lands on 45-day IL
2BNew York Mets
Knee
September 1, 2020
The Mets transferred Nunez (knee) to the 45-day injured list Tuesday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
ANALYSIS
Nunez hasn't played since July 26 due to a sprained left knee, so his move to the 45-day injured list won't necessarily close the door on him returning to action this season. That said, manager Luis Rojas said Nunez remains without a timeline to return, suggesting that the infielder is still in the week-to-week stage of his recovery rather than day-to-day. If Nunez makes it back from the IL before the season ends, he'll likely be limited to a utility role.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .617 215 17 4 19 5 .243 .280 .337
Since 2018vs Right .657 463 52 8 45 8 .262 .277 .380
2020vs Left 2.000 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
2020vs Right .000 1 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
2019vs Left .554 75 5 2 10 3 .200 .240 .314
2019vs Right .544 99 8 0 10 2 .247 .245 .299
2018vs Left .641 139 12 2 9 2 .260 .297 .344
2018vs Right .691 363 44 8 35 5 .266 .287 .404
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Since 2018
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+91%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+26%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .665 314 32 6 29 5 .259 .287 .379
Since 2018Away .627 364 37 6 35 8 .253 .271 .356
2020Home 1.000 2 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .500
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home .363 76 3 0 6 2 .151 .171 .192
2019Away .693 98 10 2 14 3 .287 .299 .394
2018Home .760 236 29 6 23 2 .292 .322 .438
2018Away .603 266 27 4 21 5 .240 .260 .343
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How does Eduardo 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
0.00
 
BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
0.0%
 
BABIP
.500
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
.500
 
OBP
.500
 
SLG
.500
 
OPS
1.000
 
wOBA
.445
 
Exit Velocity
73.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
0.0%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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The Red Sox re-signed Nunez last February to serve as a stopgap at second base until Dustin Pedroia recovered from offseason knee surgery. Nunez's shortcomings as a full-time player became apparent early on, and when Pedroia suffered a season-ending setback shortly after returning in late May, Boston was eventually motivated to bring in a rental at the position in Ian Kinsler. The elevated HR/FB rate that Nunez enjoyed both of the prior two seasons fell back in line with his career norm, sending his OPS crashing along with it. Nunez’s poor on-base skills often relegated him to the bottom third of the lineup and limited his running opportunities, with the 31-year-old chipping in just seven steals after amassing 64 thefts between 2016 and 2017. Pedroia’s health outlook is still murky, but even if an opening at the keystone should again arise, walks machine Brock Holt may have moved ahead of Nunez in the pecking order.
Nobody expected Nunez to repeat his brilliant 2016 season and indeed he did not as injuries limited him to 114 games, but the per-game production was pretty similar. He hit over .300 with both San Francisco and Boston, adding eight homers and six steals in just 38 games after being traded to the Red Sox in late July. Another 100 plate appearances and Nunez would have breezed past 30 steals again. The power production over the past two years still seems fluky -- he had just a 1.4 Brls/PA last season -- but Nunez has proven that he's capable of reaching double digits in the right hitting environment. He qualifies at second base, third base and outfield and he's a 40-steal threat in a time when stolen bases are on the decline league-wide. However, Nunez is probably closer to a true-talent .280-.285 hitter as he puts the ball in play consistently but rarely walks (4.9 percent walk rate).
Nunez had a true breakout campaign in 2016, setting career highs in home runs (16), RBI (67) and stolen bases (40) while slashing a combined .288/.325/.432 with the Twins and the Giants. After never topping 338 plate appearances in his six-year career, Minnesota unearthed an All-Star infielder and dealt him to the west coast in exchange for pitching prospect Adalberto Mejia. Nunez proved that his first half wasn't a fluke, continuing his success (albeit with slightly less pop) after joining a contender midseason. A hamstring injury in late September derailed his season and rendered the third baseman useless during the Giants' postseason run. The injury isn't serious in nature, and he should be good to go by the time spring training rolls around. With the Giants' 2016 Opening Day third baseman, Matt Duffy, being dealt to Tampa Bay, the Giants are positioned to lean on Nunez as their starter at the hot corner in 2017. Though some of the plate numbers may dip a bit, his ability to steal bags remains real, and potentially elite.
Nunez ended a three-year decline to have a solid year at the plate in limited playing time as a utility player. While he rarely walks, Nunez makes good contact with few strikeouts and added more power last season. He also adds some speed on the basepaths for fantasy purposes. His glove grades as an asset at both shortstop and third base. However, it's not clear how much longer he'll be needed in Minnesota with several infield prospects on the cusp of reaching the majors.
The Twins traded for Nunez from the Yankees to help stabilize the infield, but the emergence of Danny Santana and Eduardo Escobar left him with a small bench role. Minnesota may be better off going with a younger player in the role, as Nunez had a career-worst .654 OPS and was a below-average fielder at shortstop and third base. He offers some speed if he gets enough playing time, but his steady decline at the plate the past few years make winning any sizable role unlikely. He'll compete for a utility job again this spring with the Twins.
Nunez has likely missed his window of opportunity to make an impact with the Yankees. While the speed that seemed so promising a few years ago is still there, he's never been able to get it together in the field, and he was held back by injury as well. The Yankees stated that they don't see Nunez as a potential successor to Derek Jeter, and he may only find work as a utility man if he can improve work with the glove. Although, it's possible that the departure of Robinson Cano will lead the Yankees to see if he can be a viable option as part of a platoon at the position depending on their success in finding an everyday option.
Nunez's strengths and weaknesses as a player are obvious. He has proven that he is a more than competent major league hitter, putting up a .272 average with a .701 OPS over about a full season's worth of at-bats. He's very dangerous on the basepaths, stealing 38 bases over that same span. Where Nunez fails is in the field. His arm is strong, but erratic, and the Yankees have gone as far as to experiment with him in the outfield in an attempt to find a position where he can be reliable. Nunez's bat could help the Yankees right now, and his speed makes him worth picking up if he does find a regular role, but he could benefit from more work in the minors to see if he can handle an infield position well enough to start there for the big club.
Nunez produced for fantasy owners while filling in for Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, putting up 22 steals and 30 RBI in just 309 at-bats. While Nunez has a great arm, he needs a lot of work on his defense, as he made 21 errors in 2011.  Nunez has a solid bat and plus speed, and at just 24 years old is likely the heir apparent to Jeter if he isn't used as a trade chip. Nunez's speed and his status as a backup to two aging veterans make him an interesting endgame play in fantasy drafts, and if he's dealt somewhere where he'll play every day. Snap him up and enjoy the steals. 
Nunez got his feet wet in 30 major league games last season, hitting .280/.321/.360 in 53 plate appearances. He doesn't have a lot of power, but his fielding and plate discipline improved nearly every year in the minors, and the Yankees have enough confidence in him to use him as a backup to Derek Jeter who can step in whenever the veteran needs a day off.
Nunez was once touted as one of the Yankees’ better young talents, but a couple of weak minor league seasons dropped him from most prospect lists. Last year witnessed something of a Nunez resurgence, as he hit .322/.349/.433 with nine homers and 19 steals at Double-A Trenton. He’s young enough (22) that the productive year could be a sign that he’s finally starting to put things together, but he also benefited from an abnormally high .352 BABIP that likely skewed his final numbers. Don’t be surprised if he reverts back to mediocrity when given a chance to produce at Triple-A this season.
Nunez is a Dominican infielder, well-regarded by scouts due to his athleticism and offensive potential. His defense is questionable and he may end up in the outfield eventually, but his bat could be very good if it develops as expected.
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No timeline for return
2BNew York Mets
Knee
August 30, 2020
Nunez (knee) is playing defense and participating in a running program at the Mets' alternate training site, but manager Luis Rojas said his return timeline remains "uncertain," Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
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Sent to IL
2BNew York Mets
Knee
July 30, 2020
Nunez (knee) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.
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Diagnosed with hyperextended knee
2BNew York Mets
Knee
July 27, 2020
Nunez is considered day-to-day after hyperextending his left knee in Sunday's loss to the Braves, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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Set to be reassessed Monday
2BNew York Mets
Knee
July 26, 2020
Nunez may have suffered a hyperextended knee in Sunday's loss to the Braves but will be reassessed Monday, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
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Exits with apparent injury
2BNew York Mets
Leg
July 26, 2020
Nunez was removed from Sunday's game against the Braves after suffering an injury while running the bases, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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