Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 178 B-T: R-R
Acquired: Signed for $900,000 in 2014 from the Dominican Republic
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #13 – 2016 Midseason
- #20 – 2017 Preseason
- #19 Prospect in the AZL, 2016 post-season (Baseball America)
Nunez was signed for $900,000 in 2014, paying him (at the time) the second highest bonus the team had paid to a Latin American amateur (behind Micker Adolfo). He was ranked by Baseball America and MLB Pipeline among the top 30 J2 prospects available that year. Skipping the DSL, Amado got his first professional exposure in 2015 in the AZL as a 17-year-old. The core results weren’t good (he hit .145 with just one XBH), but his contact rate wasn’t awful, he drew a few walks and he was quite young even for the Fire League. In 2016 back in the AZL, the results made a big leap. In 52 games he posted a .287/.320/.370 line, striking out in a reasonable 22.4% of his plate appearances and stealing 9 bases in 11 attempts. 2017 did not go as planned – he played just 34 games in Great Falls as he battled some injuries, and ended up posting a .493 OPS in those contests while playing almost exclusively at third base. Like his AZL repeat though, the second time was a charm. Nunez decimated PIO pitching during his age 20 campaign to the tune of .357/.394/.568 (nearly doubling his previous year’s OPS) after some plate approach adjustments. He played mostly 2B.
Initial reports at signing time indicated Nunez had the arm and soft hands for the left side of the infield, but conflicting views on whether or not he would stick at shortstop based on range concerns. Sure enough, he’s moved to a combo of 2B and 3B it appears. His speed looks to rate out around average to a little above from AZL looks, though he appears to have put on some weight recently which could effect that. His swing is loose (in both the good and bad senses), but shows quick hands and some hints at power projection. People in the White Sox organization speak highly of his make-up as well. It’s hard to make much of his stats in either 2017 (injury, limited play, age) or 2018 (hitter-friendly PIO, repeating level), but he will almost definitely be at Kannapolis in 2019. He will be an age-appropriate 21 years old there and it will be an important moment of truth for his projection.
Major League Outlook: Starting 3B ceiling, but with high risk, and a utility profile is more likely
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