Hey Yankee fans, Brian Cashman wants to let everybody know that Eduardo Nunez is ‘not a great offensive player,’ and that while he’d be a suitable shortstop, Cashman believes Nunez could not be an everyday third baseman, left fielder or center fielder.
Okay, no offense to Mr. Cashman because I like him but were people actually clamoring for Nunez to play center field or did he just happen to mention it because of everything that’s happened so far in camp?
I know Yogi Berra said last month that Nunez should get at least 500 at bats and that when Curtis Granderson had his forearm by a pitch, some people, not a majority by any means, suggested Nunez as a left field fill-in but centerfield? Really?
Cashman, speaking with Mark Hale and Mike Vaccaro on yesterday’s PostCast, also said there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to players like Nunez and that people tend to exaggerate what they can actually do.
Well, to be fair to the people doing that sort of thing, Nunez was one of the only guys to actually hit the ball in the playoffs – even in limited at bats – and when one of your last memories of a guy is of him hitting a home run off Justin Verlander in a series in which none of the other guys on the team could get anything going, your vision of him will be of that performance since it’s the freshest one.
Not that I feel that way but you know that some people tend to veer in that direction.
Cashman said 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.
I do agree with Cashman and think that Nunez is better suited to be an everday shortstop than to be placed in any other position regularly. What remains to be seen is how Nunez is actually used this season. If we see more of him in the field, it’s because Derek Jeter isn’t feeling right and that’s not a good thing.