• Cashman: Nunez Is “Not A Great Offensive Player”

    Posted by on February 28th, 2013 · Comments (8)

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    Brian Cashman wants Yankees fans to temper their expectations when it comes to Eduardo Nunez.

    The Yankees general manager, speaking on Thursday’s Post-Cast with Mike Vaccaro and Mark Hale, said he believes Nunez projects well at shortstop, but doesn’t think he could be an every day player at third base, left field or center field because of his limitations offensively. Cashman cited Nunez’s .678 minor league on-base plus slugging percentage as an indicator.

    “That’s not a great offensive player,” Cashman said.

    The GM said there are misconceptions that “come and go with our fan base regarding certain players” and he includes the 25-year-old Nunez in that category.

    “There’s a lot of opinions on him and what he could or couldn’t do,” Cashman said. “It’s interesting to me. I’ve had a lot of people say, you’ve gotta get 500 at bats for this guy, find a position for him as if he’s some sort of offensive juggernaut.”

    The Yankees are looking for an every day left fielder short-term with Curtis Granderson out until mid-May with a fractured forearm. Nunez is unlikely to enter that competition, though.

    Cashman says the Yankees “have no problem” grooming him as a potential shortstop of the future after Derek Jeter retires. He’s athletically able to effectively play different positions defensively, the GM said, but would not be enough of a threat offensively to warrant that. Nunez hit .292 with one home run and 11 RBIs in 89 at bats last season.

    “That’s not something that any organization is going to try and make room for in left field or center field or third base,” Cashman said. “That’s something that does not profile.”

    Ah, notice he didn’t say anything about second base…

    Comments on Cashman: Nunez Is “Not A Great Offensive Player”

    1. MJ Recanati
      February 28th, 2013 | 4:08 pm

      I agree with everything written here, both in terms of Cashman’s statements and in terms of your inference that Nunez could be a possible replacement at 2B if Cano leaves via free agency.

      I am afraid, however, that Cano will be signed to an obnoxiously stupid contract which means that Nunez’s future role with the Yankees is most likely as Derek Jeter’s immediate replacemet.

      Nunez can certainly hit enough to man a middle infield position. His problem (obviously) is that he’s a nervous wreck out there and sails or bounces all of his throws.

    2. Evan3457
      February 28th, 2013 | 9:29 pm

      …his hands, footwork, and very erratic throwing indicate to me that he’d be a nightmare on the pivot at 2nd base.

      No, fellas, it’s shortstop or nuthin’. His bat could carry 2nd base, but as poorly as he plays short, he’d be even worse at 2nd.

      His bat can’t carry any other position except catcher. Need one say more?

    3. February 28th, 2013 | 10:49 pm

      Brilliant. Great move by Cashman, run down a young player in public, this will do a lot for his confidence and trade value.

      This is a case of banging your head against a wall because it feels so good when you finally stop. The guy should have been switched to the outfield last year, maybe he could have developed some skills with coaching. Everyone loves Lou Pinella, let me tell you, when he first came up he was a brutal outfielder. He worked hard and he became passable. Maybe, just maybe, Nunez can make the grade, and if nothing else be a 4th outfielder. He’s just not an infielder. It is a waste of time to put him in a position to fail. If he has no value as an outfielder then the Yankees should do the decent thing and release him. Give him an opportunity to play someplace else.

      Incidently one of the people who thought the Yankees should give Nunez 500 at bats was a baseball know-nothing named Yogi Berra.

    4. Raf
      March 1st, 2013 | 12:51 am

      @ Joseph Maloney:
      His bat can’t carry an OF position. There are better options in the OF as a 4th OF’er. Huñez’s value was as a UI or a supersub. That said, he needs to play everyday to be effective.

    5. March 1st, 2013 | 7:41 am

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      Brilliant. Great move by Cashman, run down a young player in public, this will do a lot for his confidence and trade value.

      I sort of had the same reaction when I saw this…but, that’s Cashman.

      What is he doing here? IMHO, it’s Cashman 101. He’s so thin skinned and paranoid about the fans/media all saying that Nunez should play more, implying that the GM doesn’t know what he’s doing, that he has to go out and make a statement like this one…basically saying “I know what I am doing, I’m so smart, and here’s why.”

    6. Raf
      March 1st, 2013 | 6:13 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      He’s so thin skinned and paranoid about the fans/media all saying that Nunez should play more,

      The fans/media wish they were that important, IMESHO

    7. Ricketson
      March 1st, 2013 | 8:34 pm

      Nunez: Cashman Is “Not A Great Evaluator of Talent”

    8. March 1st, 2013 | 9:01 pm

      Raf wrote:

      @ Joseph Maloney:
      His bat can’t carry an OF position. There are better options in the OF as a 4th OF’er. Huñez’s value was as a UI or a supersub. That said, he needs to play everyday to be effective.

      Raf, he just can’t handle any of the infield positions, so as a defensive player he has no value at this point. What I am suggesting is convert him to an outfielder and see what happens. The alternative is to trade or release him. There are no other options.

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