Eduardo Nunez, Infield
Date of Birth: 6/15/1987
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Eduardo Nunez, infielder, was first signed by the New York Yankees in 2004. He played in the Yankees' minor league system from 2005 through most of 2010, joining the Yankees for 30 games in 2010.
In 2011, Nunez played in 112 games with the Yankees. That year, he batted .265 with 82 hits, 18 doubles, and 22 stolen bases. The following season, he was primarily in the minor leagues, playing in just 38 games with the Yankees. In 2013, he played in 90 games and he finished the season with 79 hits, 17 doubles, 10 stolen bases, and a .260 batting average.
While with the Yankees, Nunez was expected to be the successor to Derek Jeter at shortstop. That changed in Spring training, 2014, when the Yankees agreed to a new contract with Brendan Ryan. Nunez then battled with Yangervis Solarte for a utility infielder position. He lost that battle and the Yankees traded him to the Minnesota Twins in April, 2014. He finished the 2014 season with 51 hits and a .250 batting average in 72 games.
Nunez played in 72 games with the Twins in 2015. He finished the season with 53 hits, 14 doubles, and a .282 batting average. Defensively, he played 1 game at second base, 16 games at third base, 27 games at shortstop, and 3 games in left field.
Nunez was traded to the San Francisco Giants on July 28, 2016. He finished the 2016 season with 159 hits, 24 doubles, 16 home runs, 67 RBIs, and a .288 batting average in 91 games with the Twins and 50 games with the Giants. Defensively, he played 6 games at second base, 81 games at third base, and 55 games at shortstop. In the postseason, he had no hits in three at-bats in three games.
The Giants traded Nunez to the Boston Red Sox on July 26, 2017. He finished the 2017 season with 146 hits, a career high 33 doubles, 12 home runs, 24 stolen bases, 58 RBIs, 54 strikeouts to 18 walks, and a career high batting average of .313 in 76 games with the Giants and 38 games with the Red Sox. Defensively, he played 26 games at second base, 53 games at third base, 16 games at shortstop, 19 games in left field, and 2 games in right field. After just one at-bat in the postseason, he suffered an injury and had to sit out the rest of the division series games.
Nunez elected free agency on November 2, 2017.
Career batting statistics for Nunez through 2017 include:
- 669 games played
- 610 hits
- 118 doubles
- 129 stolen bases
- 245 RBIs
- 304 strikeouts to 115 walks
- .282 batting average