Throughout the 2018/2019 offseason, Marlin Maniac will devote one article each for every player who appeared in the Miami Marlins system for the 2018 season. Every. Single. Player. This is Part 155 of 286. For the first 100, click here.
Gerardo Ismael Nunez is a 6’1″, 180 lb. right-handed infielder from Sanchez, Dominican Republic. Born on February 6th, 1998, Nunez was still 17-years-old when he signed his first professional contract with the Miami Marlins.
Players from the town of Sanchez have produced three major leaguers, including fellow infielder Rafael Devers. Nunez joined the DSL Marlins, in the rookie-level Dominican Summer League to begin his professional career on June 3rd, 2016.
Nunez only played in seven games in that first taste of pro ball, going six-for-24 with a pair of walks, no extra base hits, and seven strikeouts. On July 12th, he had his first professional multi-hit games, leading off and collecting a pair of singles in a 7-2 loss to the DSL Athletics. Good or bad, Nunez’ seven games didn’t really have much impact on DSL’s record. They went 10-56, finishing dead-last in the 40-some team circuit.
Despite the extremely short sample-size, Nunez was laterally promoted to the GCL Marlins in the rookie-level, Florida-based Gulf Coast League to begin 2017. He played in 37 games and went 39-for-136, with five doubles, a triple, and 14 RBI. The team went 32-23, finishing with the fourth-best record in the 17-team GCL but failing to qualify for the postseason. He led the team with 16 stolen bases, and only got caught three times, slashing .287/.342/.338.
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2018 would see Nunez promoted to the short-season-A Batavia Muckdogs in the New York-Penn League. He played in 33 games, and went just 13-for-96 from the dish. His resultant .135/.162/.167 slashline needs a lot of work, although he did connect on his first professional home run on June 20th. It was a three-run shot in a 4-3 loss to the West Virginia Black Bears.
Defensively, he played exclusively at second base, turning in a .921 fielding percentage in 248 2/3 innings in the field. He was guilty of 10 errors in 31 games, although he did finish with a 4.20 RF/9.
Nunez had a rough season in 2018, but will likely remain in the Miami Marlins system for at least one more season with the Muckdogs. If he resumes his 2017 improvement, he should continue rising through the system. The earliest possible debut at the major league level for Nunez would be sometime around 2022.
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