- Full name Juan Antonio Nunez
- Born 12/07/2000 in Azua, Dominican Republic
- Profile Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 190 / Bats: R / Throws: R
Organization Prospect Rankings
BA Grade: 50/Extreme
Track Record: Nunez was a late signing in the Twins’ 2019 international class, but by the time he came to the U.S. to debut in the Florida Complex League, he showed plenty of promise. He had 47 strikeouts in 29.2 innings when the Orioles acquired him as part of a four-player return for closer Jorge Lopez at the 2022 trade deadline. Nunez spent all of 2023 in full-season ball, and struck out 10.8 batters per nine innings with a 1.36 WHIP between Low-A Delmarva and High-A Aberdeen.
Scouting Report: Nunez’s success came primarily with two pitches: a fastball that averaged 94 mph and was up to 97 with ride, a low-80s power curveball with sweeper traits and an upper-80s cutterish gyro-slider. Both will blend into each other at times, but when he’s on them, both will flash above-average or plus. He met the challenge of throwing those pitches in the zone more often as the season progressed, though he might not have more than fringe-average command long term. He has added a potential above-average changeup to his arsenal to help round out his set of weapons. It has depth and separation to be effective. The Orioles are working with him to try to give him multiple ways to attack lefties and righties. It’s a tough ask, but if he pulls it off, he could be a future solid starting pitcher.
The Future: Nunez has a chance to be a player who rockets up these rankings in 2024, because he has the makings of an effective starter who can give hitters different looks in each at-bat. But he has yet to show the touch and feel expected of a starter who can do that. He’s still young enough to get there, but he has an excellent fallback option as a power reliever.
Scouting Grades Fastball: 55 | Curveball: 55 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 45