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.
Riding bench Friday
3BBaltimore Orioles
June 21, 2019
Nunez isn't starting Friday's game against the Mariners, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Nunez will head to the bench after going 1-for-11 with an RBI over his last three starts. Pedro Severino is slated to slot in as the designated hitter and bat cleanup in Nunez's absence.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .776 212 26 12 31 0 .253 .307 .469
Since 2017vs Right .723 361 38 13 33 0 .236 .302 .421
2019vs Left .873 111 18 8 19 0 .265 .324 .549
2019vs Right .674 185 17 8 20 0 .211 .270 .404
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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Home/Away Batting Splits
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OPS at Home
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OPS on Road
Since 2017Home .738 282 32 10 28 0 .244 .326 .412
Since 2017Away .745 291 32 15 36 0 .241 .282 .464
2019Home .873 149 20 10 22 0 .265 .329 .544
2019Away .624 147 15 6 17 0 .197 .252 .372
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 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.
    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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Heads to bench
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June 17, 2019
Nunez is not in the lineup Monday against the Athletics, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Not in lineup
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June 7, 2019
Nunez is not in the lineup Friday against the Astros, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Hits another long ball
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June 2, 2019
Nunez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in an 8-2 loss to the Giants on Saturday.
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Goes deep again
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May 27, 2019
Nunez went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in Monday's win over Detroit.
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Rattles off three hits
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May 25, 2019
Nunez went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's 9-6 win over the Rockies.
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