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PostSubject: Gustavo Nunez | SS   Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:12 pm



Gustavo Nunez
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  • Full Name: Gustavo Adolfo Nunez
  • Born: 2/8/1988 in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
  • Bats/Throws: S/R
  • HT: 5'10''
  • WT: 150
  • Debut:
  • College: N/A


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PostSubject: Re: Gustavo Nunez | SS   Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:12 pm

Nunez's invite from Tigers speaks volumes
Shortstop set for spring camp; organization has high hopes

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

01/26/10 6:48 PM EST

DETROIT -- The Tigers are going to get a look at shortstop prospect Gustavo Nunez next month in their Major League camp. At least one Tigers official who has already had a chance to watch Nunez is looking forward to it.

"Mark him down," team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said at TigerFest last Saturday, "because he's a really fine player. Not just an ordinary player, a fine player."

That doesn't mean that Nunez has any chance at all of breaking camp with Detroit for Opening Day. But his spot among the 13 players with non-roster invitations to Spring Training sure means the Tigers are watching him as someone for the coming years, if not maybe sometime next season.

It also means he'll be working with Detroit's Major League staff, including infield coach Rafael Belliard.

The Tigers have been talking about finding a young solution at shortstop for at least the past couple years. A year ago, Dombrowski talked about Cale Iorg as Detroit's shortstop of the future, provided he continued to develop along his way up the farm system. Adam Everett was supposed to be a stopgap as a short-term signing.

Iorg went to Spring Training with the Tigers, but struggled. Those struggles carried into the regular season at Double-A, and he never quite seemed to shake them, batting .222 in 129 games for the SeaWolves with 11 homers, 41 RBIs and 149 strikeouts. He also committed 25 errors at short in Erie. He did much the same in the Arizona Fall League with a .217 average and 22 strikeouts in 17 games for Peoria.

The last time the Tigers promoted a shortstop from their farm system to be their everyday shortstop was 2003, when Detroit opened with an all-rookie double play tandem of Omar Infante and Ramon Santiago. Infante began the year at shortstop.

The Tigers have drafted or signed plenty of shortstop prospects since then -- remember Tony Giarratano -- but none have taken the role. When the Tigers moved Carlos Guillen away from short a few years ago, they brought in Edgar Renteria to take over, with disappointing results.

Iorg will be back in big league camp next month and still has a chance to blossom into a Major League shortstop, but he has some work to do to get there. In the meantime, Nunez could be charging through the system.

Even in a system that has a few shortstop candidates, Dombrowski strongly suggested Nunez will not be blocked.

"We've got [Brent] Dlugach. We've got Iorg. [Audy] Ciriaco is also a good player," Dombrowski said, referring to his shortstop prospects already on the 40-man roster. "And I hadn't seen Nunez play too much. I saw him in instructional league here or there, and he was tremendous.

"He's a switch-hitter who can run, who made some believable defensive plays. I remember I came back and I said, 'How come nobody talks about Nunez?' And then all of sudden, people start going into West Michigan, some of our scouts, and they were saying, "This guy, he has a chance to be a star.'"

The speed is apparent in his stats, both at the plate and in the field. After being somewhat limited offensively in his first two years of pro ball, he took off on the basepaths in his first full-season stop and ended up with 45 stolen bases in 70 attempts last year at West Michigan, plus three more in the Gulf Coast League. Meanwhile, his .315 average included 16 doubles, 10 triples and five home runs.

He made 25 errors at short, but those came in 547 total chances, good for a 4.68 range factor, a sign of how many ground balls he actually tracks down. For sake of an example, only two Major League shortstops had a higher range factor last year.

"He can do it all," Dombrowski said. "He can run, he's a switch-hitter, and he can really play defense. So I think he has a chance to be a special player."

That doesn't mean he's going to be playing in the Majors that soon. He turns 22 years old next week, and the Tigers suspended him for a couple weeks last summer for what they only called conduct detrimental to the team. In other words, he could stand to benefit from some seasoning all around.

Still, rarely do position prospects who haven't played above low Class A ball get invites to Spring Training with the Tigers. They've sometimes done it with catchers in order to have extra bodies who can help catch all the bullpen sessions early in camp.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


"If you have to choose between power and speed and it often turns out you have to make that choice, you've got to go for speed." Source: TV Guide Interview (April 3, 1982)
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PostSubject: Re: Gustavo Nunez | SS   Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:13 pm

Bucs use Rule 5 Draft to land infielder Nunez
Shortstop could earn bench job; Pirates lose Lorin to D-backs
By Jenifer Langosch / MLB.com | 12/08/11 12:40 PM EST

DALLAS -- Using the eighth pick in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, the Pirates added shortstop Gustavo Nunez to the mix of potential 2012 backup infielders.

Nunez was available after being left off the Tigers' 40-man roster last month. He began the 2011 season in high-Class A, where he batted .304 with 20 extra-base hits and 14 stolen bases in 62 games. He played another 34 games in Double-A before his season ended prematurely with an ankle injury.

He continues to rehab his ankle this offseason.


"He's the classic defensive profile for a young shortstop -- the ability to field, the ability to throw, the ability to run," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "Assuming health, assuming that he comes in and shows us enough bat when he comes into Spring Training, he is a weapon when he comes off the bench."

Nunez, who could also be an option to play a little at second base, would seem to be a long shot at winning a Major League job out of Spring Training. Yamaico Navarro, who the Pirates acquired in a trade on Wednesday night, is also fighting for a spot as a backup middle infielder. Josh Harrison and Chase d'Arnaud were already in that mix.

For Nunez, 23, to stick in the organization, he would have to remain on the Pirates' 25-man roster for a full season. Otherwise, the Bucs are required to offer him back to the Tigers, who can choose to reclaim their player for half of the $50,000 the Pirates paid to select him on Thursday.

"We thought there was a possibility [he'd be drafted]," Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said. "We just didn't quite think that he was going to have a chance to stick. But of course, he's a very good defensive player. We didn't want to lose him by any means, but you can only protect so many guys."

The Pirates' only loss in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft was Brett Lorin, a 24-year-old right-hander who posted a 2.84 ERA in 25 games (17 starts) with Class A Bradenton in 2011. Lorin was taken by Arizona.

"There's upside," D-backs GM Kevin Towers said of Lorin, who will try to make Arizona's club as a reliever next year. "The numbers were very impressive. We'll see come Spring Training, but we're excited to have him."

Lorin joined Pittsburgh's organization in 2009 as part of a seven-player trade that sent Jack Wilson and Ian Snell to Seattle. Another pitching prospect the Pirates acquired in that deal -- Nate Adcock -- was taken in last year's Rule 5 Draft and is now with the Royals after sticking in the Majors all year.

The Pirates made three selections in the Minor League portion of the Draft, taking left-hander Aaron Poreda and catchers Charles Cutler and Francisco Diaz. Poreda, 25, was a first-round Draft pick in 2007, and was one of the key players the Padres received when they traded Jake Peavy in '09.

He has made 14 appearances in the Majors, but none since 2009. Control continues to be Poreda's biggest issue. He has averaged 8.1 walks per nine innings in the Minors, and issued 63 in 69 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level in 2011. Poreda had a 5.43 ERA and 79 strikeouts last season, too.

"It's a low-risk move for us and a chance to see if we can get something," said Pirates director of player personnel Tyrone Brooks. "There is still value. It's a big frame. There is arm strength there. There is still a workable breaking ball that we can do some things with. It's more just making things right with his body and from his delivery standpoint to get him going in the right direction for us."

The Pirates did not lose any players in the Minor League rounds of Thursday's Draft.

With the addition of Nunez, the Pirates' 40-man roster is once again full.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


"If you have to choose between power and speed and it often turns out you have to make that choice, you've got to go for speed." Source: TV Guide Interview (April 3, 1982)
-- Sparky Anderson
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PostSubject: Re: Gustavo Nunez | SS   Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:17 pm



Gustavo Nunez, who played in just 14 games in the Minors last season, was returned to the Tigers on Friday. (MiLB.com)




Shortstop Nunez returned to Tigers from D-backs

By Adam Berry / MLB.com | 12/21/12 3:30 PM ET

Shortstop Gustavo Nunez, picked by the Pirates in the 2011 Rule 5 Draft, returned to the Tigers organization on Friday, as the D-backs outrighted his contract to Triple-A Toledo.

Nunez, 24, spent the entire season on the Pirates' disabled list while recovering from right ankle surgery. He played only 14 games last season, all in the Minors as part of a rehab assignment, and combined to hit .273 with three doubles, a triple and five RBIs on his rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Pirates, Class A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona.

Signed by the Tigers as a non-drafted free agent on May 3, 2007, Nunez was picked by the Pirates in the Major League phase of the 2011 Rule 5 Draft and claimed off waivers by the D-backs on Oct. 26.

Nunez has spent six seasons in the Minor Leagues, none of them above Double-A. He owns a career .266/.321/.349 batting line with 26 doubles, 27 triples, 13 homers, 170 RBIs and 111 stolen bases in 478 games.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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