One time Oakland A’s prospect Renato Nunez has found an opportunity for the 2023 season.
The Toros de Tijuana in the Mexican League announced that they have signed Nunez for the upcoming season. His move to Mexico follows a disappointing stint in Japan for the Nippon Ham Fighters.
Former Oakland A’s prospect Renato Nunez getting a chance in Mexico
Nunez had been a third base prospect in the A’s system after being signed out of Venezuela during the 2010-11 international signing period. He quickly showed his power potential, slugging 19 homers in his first year in full season ball in 2013 before belting 29 homers in High-A in 2014. His performance led to his being selected for the Futures Game in 2014 and 2015.
The problem was that the A’s did not have a spot for him. While he continued to post impressive home run totals, his questionable defense and mediocre on base numbers led to his being placed on waivers. He was scooped up by the Rangers before being placed on waivers after a month, leading to his being acquired by the Orioles.
Nunez proved his scouting report correct during his time in Baltimore. He slugged 43 homers in 815 plate appearances between 2019 and 2020, but also posted a .247/.314/.469 batting line. The Orioles let him go after the 2020 season, with Nunez then moving from the Tigers to the Brewers and on to Japan.
Despite his professional experience, Nunez will be just 29 years old at the start of the 2023 season. If he can have a strong showing in Mexico next year, it is possible that he will be able to return to the majors and be a power threat for another team. Considering the holes on the A’s roster, it is possible that his career comes full circle.
Former Oakland A’s prospect Renato Nunez has found a new home. He has signed with the Toros de Tijuana in the Mexican League as he looks to resurrect his career.