Oakland Athletics Roundup: Renato Nunez on Top Prospect List


A’s Infielder Renato Nunez Makes Top 10 Prospect List
Oakland Athletics Roundup: Wednesday, January 27

  • On Tuesday, Oakland Athletics’ corner infield prospect Renato Nunez was named one of the Top 10 third base prospects by MLB.com’s Prospect Pipeline. Nunez barely scraped his way into the rankings, landing at #10, but he did make it onto the list. Last season, Nunez batted .278/.332/.480, slugging 18 home runs for Double-A Midland. It will be interesting to see what he does this year, since he can play both first and third base, and fellow first base prospect Matt Olson is transitioning to more of an outfield role.
  • It’s well-known that the Texas League is a pitchers’ league, which makes this next piece of trivia even more impressive. Three of the top-10 league leaders in home runs were on the Midland squad, with Chad Pinder tied for eighth, Matt Olson tied for fourth, and Nunez tied for second. The Athletics have some decent power in their system, if they can just get it to the major league level before all of their pitchers reach free agency.
  • In off-field news, Susan Slusser tweeted that the Athletics have hired Catherine Aker as their director of corporate communications. She had a similar role with the Arizona Diamondbacks previously. Aker will oversee the A’s public relations department.

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