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Eduardo Nunez
Birthdate: 6/15/1987 (29 y, 9 m, 13 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-0/155     Position: 3B/SS
Contract: $4.2M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Nunez (shoulder) returned to the starting lineup Sunday, going 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI as the team's designated hitter. (3/26/2017)
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Profile: If you get points for consistency, the 29 year old Nunez is winning - he managed to carbon copy his 2015 on-base plus slugging percentage (.758 OPS) and batting average on balls in play (.314 BABIP) in more than twice the plate appearances in 2016 (595), a rather impressive accomplishment for a player with a career walk percentage barely above 5%. Oddly enough, duplicating these stats came with a drastically different input, as Nunez broke out last year with 16 home runs and 40 stolen bases (previous highs of 5 home runs and 22 stolen bases both set in 2011 with the Yankees) in 141 games. Most of that damage came in a Twins uniform (.296/.325/.439) in the first half (he hit just .244/.297/.357 in the second half of the season), though don’t just assume his late July trade to the Giants will regress him too heavily in 2017 since he hit .307/.373/.493 at home in AT&T Park over 83 plate appearances. If you’re betting on Nunez as an important part of your 2017 roster, bet more on the speed than power, as his per game rate of stolen bases was identical in both the first and second half of the season while is power faded down the stretch (12 of 16 home runs in the first half). Even if the power does regress a little this season (his home run per fly ball rate has actually steadily increased for three straight seasons), Nunez looks like a solid buy at the shortstop position (will qualify at 3B in most leagues, too) because his strong contact rate (91%) and rising hard hit rate (28%) give him enough of a floor to hit that .758 OPS once again. (Trey Baughn)

The Quick Opinion: There’s enough in Nunez’s profile to suggest a third consecutive season of above average shortstop production, so this does in fact look like real development growth. That said, his new park will naturally suppress some power, so draft Nunez more for his speed than his home run totals in 2017. He’ll have eligibility at both SS and 3B, and is a good bet to be productive off the bench or a starting middle infield option in deep leagues.

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DateTeamOppBOPosGBFBLDIFFBIFHBUBUHBallsStrikesPitches
2012-04-19NYYMIN92B0211000111122
2012-05-05NYY@KCR93B110000081018
2012-05-04NYY@KCR83B02100008917
2012-04-17NYYMIN7SS21001117714
2012-09-15NYYTBR8SS11000006814
2012-05-10NYYTBR83B00200006511
2012-04-09NYY@BAL93B02000116713
2012-09-16NYYTBR9SS120010051116
2012-09-14NYYTBR9SS30001005712
2012-04-30NYYBAL9LF120000051116
2012-04-28NYYDET9SS100000051015
2012-10-02NYYBOS8DH102010041014
2012-09-29NYY@TOR8SS11101004913
2012-09-22NYYOAK5PH-3B11001004711
2012-05-03NYY@KCR7SS31000004913
2012-04-21NYY@BOS9SS301010041115
2012-09-21NYYOAK9SS20000003811
2012-05-08NYYTBR9LF20000003710
2012-05-01NYYBAL8LF03010003912
DateTeamOppBOPosGBFBLDIFFBIFHBUBUHBallsStrikesPitches
2012-04-18NYYMIN8PH-3B1101000347
2012-09-30NYY@TOR9PH-DH2100000279
2012-09-23NYYOAK9SS210000021416
2012-09-19NYYTOR9SS120100021012
2012-09-13NYY@BOS9SS102000021012
2012-09-09NYY@BAL1PH-SS0000000257
2012-04-23NYY@TEX8DH13020002810
2012-04-14NYYLAA93B2101100246
2012-04-11NYY@BAL4PR-3B0010000224
2012-04-07NYY@TBR9SS10100002911
2012-09-01NYYBAL8DH0210000156
2012-05-02NYYBAL7PH-3B0101000134
2012-10-03NYYBOS3PR-SS0000000000
2012-10-01NYYBOS1PH-SS1000100055
2012-09-11NYY@BOS2PR0000000000
2012-09-08NYY@BAL6PR0000000000
2012-09-03NYY@TBR5PR0000000000
2012-04-10NYY@BAL8PR0000000000
2012-04-06NYY@TBR6RF0000000000