Closing out Day 1 of the 2019 MLB Draft and joining outfielders J.J. Bleday (No. 4 overall pick) and Kameron Misner (No. 35), the Marlins selected shortstop Nasim Nuñez with their second-round pick. Here’s everything that fans ought to know about him.
School: Collins Hill HS (GA); committed to Clemson University
Measureables: 18 years old, 5-foot-9, 160 pounds
Pre-Draft Rankings: No. 43 (Baseball America), No. 51 (MLB Pipeline), No. 45 (2080 Baseball)
Slot Value: $1,617,400
“There are some questions about the amount of offensive impact Nunez might possess, but there is no doubting his defensive skill and toolset. The Clemson commit projects as a plus defensive shortstop because of his plus arm and plus running ability, and he has elite, quick-twitch hands and a knack for throwing accurately from tough arm angles and while on the run. Watching Nunez play defense can be mesmerizing—both in pregame warmups and during the game—because of his fluid actions, immense athleticism and overall joy for the game.” —Baseball America
“He offers little in the way of power, though he’s a well above-average runner who’s aggressive on the bases. A contact-oriented switch-hitter, he has a better swing from the right side of the plate.” —MLB Pipeline
Nuñez was rumored to be a Marlins target several weeks in advance. In fact, on the Fish Stripes podcast, our own Daniel Martinez described how he’s a possible fit at No. 46.
In summary, the Georgia native is comparable in several ways to current Marlins shortstop prospect (and Florida State League All-Star Game selection) José Devers.
The question is whether or not the club will be able to persuade him to turn pro. South Carolina-based broadcaster Ryan Clary suggests it’s a foregone conclusion, describing Nuñez as always being a “long shot” to attend Clemson.
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