The Somerset Patriots yesterday announced the signing of infielder Gustavo Nunez, who was a New York York minor leaguer in 2017, for the 2020 season.
Nunez enters his first season with Somerset and his first in the Atlantic League. He has 11 seasons of service in minor league baseball, spanning time in the Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves and Mets organizations.
Nunez enjoyed two seasons at the Triple-A level, including a 2015 season with Indianapolis (Pirates) in which he hit .276 with two home runs, 24 RBI and 19 stolen bases over 103 games.
Nunez, 32, split time between the Double-A Erie Seawolves (Tigers) and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (Mets) in 2017, hitting .263 with one home run and 24 RBI in 244 at-bats in 78 games.
More known for his sparkling glove, though, Patriots manager Brett Jodie said Nunez is a capable hitter as well as a player who also possesses solid intangibles.
“We are happy to be joined by middle infielder Gustavo Nunez,” Jodie said. “From what we have gathered, Gustavo is very talented with the glove at second base and short. He can also handle the stick and takes pride in doing the little things to help his team win. Nunez is a smart baseball player with a good feel for the game, which is what you need in the middle of the field. We’re very excited to get Gustavo into camp and see him with our own eyes.”
The switch-hitter has hit .264 with 25 home runs, 353 RBI and 209 stolen bases across 13 seasons of professional baseball.
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