Vidal Nuño

Vidal Nuño
Nuño with the Baltimore Orioles
Tampa Bay Rays – No. 38
Born: (1987-07-26) July 26, 1987
National City, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 29, 2013, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
(through July 3, 2018)
Win–loss record 8–21
Earned run average 4.11
Strikeouts 300

Vidal Vicente Nuño [vee-dahl' nooh'-nio] (born July 26, 1987) is a Mexican-American professional baseball pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Cleveland Indians selected Nuño in the 48th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft. He made his MLB debut in 2013 with the New York Yankees, and has also played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles.

Amateur career

Nuño attended Sweetwater High School in National City, California, where he played for the school's baseball team. As a junior, in 2004, Nuño recorded 107 strikeouts and was named the Mesa League Pitcher of the Year.[1][2]

Due to his poor academic track record, Nuño could not receive a scholarship from a Division I school. Wanting to leave the San Diego metropolitan area, he attended Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, where he played college baseball for the Baker Wildcats in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. In two seasons at Baker, Nuño had a 15–7 win–loss record.[3] He was named the Heart of America Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year as a junior in 2008.[4]

Professional career

Draft and minor leagues

The Cleveland Indians selected Nuño in the 48th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft,[4] with the 1,445th overall selection.[5] That year, he pitched for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the Class A-Short Season New York–Pennsylvania League. He began the season as a relief pitcher, but was moved into the starting rotation.[6] He finished the season with a 2.05 earned run average (ERA).[5] In 2010, Nuño was promoted to the Lake County Captains of the Class A Midwest League. After pitching to a 4.96 ERA in 21 games, the Indians released Nuño, and suggested that in order to continue his career, he should develop a changeup.[4]

Nuño began the 2011 season pitching in independent baseball for the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League, where he worked on his changeup. After six games with the Wild Things, he signed with the New York Yankees organization, and was assigned to the Staten Island Yankees of the New York–Penn League. He also pitched for the Charleston RiverDogs of the Class A South Atlantic League.[4] In 2012, Nuño played for the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and Trenton Thunder of the Class AA Eastern League.[7] Across both levels, Nuño pitched to a 10–6 win–loss record with a 2.54 ERA, the best among all Yankees' minor league pitchers, across 138 13 innings pitched.[8]

The Yankees invited Nuño to spring training in 2013. He won the James P. Dawson Award as the best rookie in camp.[8] Assigned to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the Class AAA International League, he was named the league's pitcher of the week for the week ending April 21, after he won both of his starts, allowing one run in 11 23 innings, with two walks and 14 strikeouts.[9]

New York Yankees

With Iván Nova on the disabled list, the Yankees promoted Nuño to the major leagues on April 27, 2013.[10] He made his major league debut on April 29, pitching three scoreless innings in relief.[11] On May 13, he made his second appearance, his first major league start, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians.[12] Nuño pitched five scoreless innings and got his first career win.[13] The next day, the Yankees optioned Nuño to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to activate Curtis Granderson from the disabled list.[14]

On May 17, 2013, Nuño was recalled back to the New York Yankees MLB roster, following an injury to Andy Pettitte that forced him to the 15-day disabled list. In a relief outing against the Baltimore Orioles on May 21, he recorded his first major league loss after surrendering a lead-off home run to Nate McLouth in the 10th inning. He was again optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on May 30, 2013. Nuño was placed on the disabled list in June and missed the remainder of the 2013 season.[15]

Nuño competed with Michael Pineda, David Phelps, and Adam Warren for the final spot in the Yankees' starting rotation during spring training in 2014.[16] Pineda won the final spot, and Nuño made the Yankees' Opening Day roster as a relief pitcher.[17] After pitching in relief in three games, Nuño made his first start of the 2014 season on April 20.[18] Nuño started 14 games for the Yankees, going 2–5 while allowing up 15 home runs in 78 innings.

Arizona Diamondbacks

On July 6, 2014, Nuño was traded to the Diamondbacks for pitcher Brandon McCarthy.[19] Nuño pitched to a 3.74 ERA as a member of the Diamondbacks' starting rotation, but did not win a game in 14 starts, going 0–7 with the Diamondbacks and finishing the year with a win-loss record of 2–12 and a 4.56 ERA in 28 starts.[20] Nuno began the 2015 season with the Reno Aces of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. He was promoted to the majors on May 11 and made one appearance before he was optioned to Reno on May 16.[21]

Seattle Mariners

On June 3, 2015, the Diamondbacks traded Nuño and Mark Trumbo to the Seattle Mariners for catcher Welington Castillo, reliever Dominic Leone and prospects Gabby Guerrero and Jack Reinheimer.[22] Nuño pitched to a 1-4 record with a 5.08 ERA in ten games started, and a 1.91 ERA in 25 appearances as a relief pitcher.[23] When he won a start on September 9, it was his first major league victory since June 27, 2014, and he broke a string of 44 appearances and 20 starts without a win; his 20-start winless streak had been tied for the longest active streak without a win in the major league's with Atlanta's Shelby Miller.[24]

In 2016, the Mariners determined that they would use Nuño solely as a relief pitcher.[23] In 56 appearances, including one start, he posted a 3.53 ERA in 58 23 innings.

Baltimore Orioles

On November 6, 2016, the Mariners traded Nuño to the Los Angeles Dodgers for catcher Carlos Ruiz.[25] Nuño and the Dodgers avoided salary arbitration on January 10, 2017, by agreeing to a one-year, $1.125 million contract.[26] On February 19, 2017, he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for minor league pitcher Ryan Mosley.[27] He elected free agency on October 1, 2017.

Tampa Bay Rays

On November 7, 2017, Nuno signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. He began the 2018 season with the Durham Bulls of the International League, and was promoted to the major leagues in May.[28]


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  24. Vidal Nuño Stats, Fantasy & News |
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