Comparing Nunez’ Shorter Arm Action To 2012

In last night’s game recap, I mentioned that Eduardo Nunez has looked very good at short stop. In fact, over the last few weeks, both his fielding and throwing has looked fantastic. His range was always an upgrade of Derek Jeter‘s, but the ability to get the ball to another fielder is a rather important part of the game.

In the past, Nunez disappointed fans with his wild throws, but he mostly disappointed himself. This spring, the short stop and Mick Kelleher got together to work on his arm action, and we’ve seen an incredible improvement.

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In 2012, Nunez brought his arm behind his back, similar to how a pitcher will position their arm during the stride. This motion allows a pitcher to create a longer slinging action with their arm, but also puts the trunk and hips in higher torqued position. In 2013, Nunez skips this step and brings his arm immediately into cocking position. This simplified arm action should be easier to replicate and give him more accuracy, but at the expense of arm strength.… Click here to read the rest

Getting The Most Out Of Eduardo

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(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

After some positive early signs that Derek Jeter was going to be able to recover from his ankle surgery and be ready to play, we now know that Eduardo Nunez is going to be the Yankees’ Opening Day shortstop.  We also know that he’s going to be the starting shortstop for at least the next handful of games after that and we can safely assume that he’ll be getting regular work at the position all season long.  That’s a frightening thought for any Yankee fan based on what we’ve seen to date from Nunez, but it’s a reality that we’re going to have to accept and live with.  That being the case, let’s investigate just how the Yankees can maximize Nunez’s potential value and not have another spot in the lineup and position on the field turn into a black hole.

Evaluating Nunez on the 5-tool scale, I come up with 1.5 tools that he possesses and that’s being generous.  … Click here to read the rest

Jeter related ramblings

Happy Friday, all. I hope your week hasn’t been too stressful. Anyway, let’s get down to business. We’re all aware of Derek Jeter‘s injury situation. Opening Day has long been Jeter’s goal, but that now appears in jeopardy. Yesterday, GM Brian Cashman announced that Jeter would no longer participate in Major League Spring Training games; however, he’ll continue to play in Minor League games. As we’ve all heard by now, this is essentially a clerical “just in case.” It allows Jeter to get game action, but also allows the Yankees to retroactively place Jeter on the 15-day Disabled List in case he isn’t ready to go for Opening Day. This all makes me think that they should just place Jeter on the DL now.

The Derek Jeter we’ve all come to know and love is the guy who “shows up to work every day” and just “does his job” (and does it exceedingly well most of the time). Like any successful worker, Jeter is goal-oriented, and in this case, Opening Day readiness is the goal and he’s been steadfast in his determination to reach that goal.… Click here to read the rest

The Jeter/Nunez/Shortstop Conundrum

Brace yourselves, folks. I may say something nice about Eduardo Nunez in this post.

Derek Jeter has a plate and screws in his ankle. Derek Jeter is turning 39 in June. Derek Jeter is a Major League shortstop. The first two things listed do not bode well for the third. Regardless of what you think of Derek Jeter’s defense at the game’s most important position, we can all probably agree that this year will be a trying one for the Captain in the field. Most normal 39 year olds aren’t so hot at short, let alone dudes with a plate and screws in their ankles. We would expect to-be-26 year olds (Eddie and I are birthday twins, sharing June 15, 1987) to be better fielders. However, when that to-be-26 year old is Eduardo Nunez, the certainty isn’t there. Regardless, though, we’re sure to see Nunez at short plenty in 2013.

Joe Girardi has never been shy about resting players and I don’t think he’ll start doing it, even with Derek “I’m fine” Jeter.… Click here to read the rest

Do The Yankees Have Any Idea What They’re Doing With Eduardo Nunez?

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(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

It hasn’t been a very long career for Eduardo Nunez, but it also certainly hasn’t been one short on headlines.  Once the heir apparent to Derek Jeter as the Yankees’ everyday shortstop, Nunez has been shuffled around various positions and roles, experimented with as an outfielder, dangled as trade bait, and shuttled back and forth between the Majors and Triple-A constantly since first breaking in in 2010.  Based on Cash’s comments to ESPN NY yesterday, it doesn’t look like that trend is going to cease in 2013.  Speaking to Andrew Marchand, Cash stated that Nunez will be shifted back to the utility infielder role if he makes the team this season, the same role that was taken from him in May of last season.  If that doesn’t make a lot of sense to you, good.  Because it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me either.… Click here to read the rest

Filling the Empty Corner

Before the announcement that Alex Rodriguez would–again–need hip surgery to repair a torn labrum, the Yankees’ roster situation was dire enough. Perhaps “dire” is overselling it a bit, but going into yesterday, the Yankees were without a legitimate catcher, right fielder, and designated hitter. Now, they find themselves without a wholly viable third baseman. With A-Rod’s absence looming, the Yankees will have to patch up the hot corner for an extended period of time.

Internally, they’ve got options, even if they’re not great. First on the list would be Eduardo Nunez by default. Though the team is committed to him at shortstop, he’s seen a good deal of time at third. Brian Cashman seemed to dispel the idea on Monday, but I don’t think it’s possible to rule it out completely. The organization does see something in him, even if I don’t. He’s been able to hit for an empty average (though he’s been better against lefty pitching). As for his defense, well…The other option, however much a long shot, could be David Adams.… Click here to read the rest

What’s The Deal With Eduardo Nunez?

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(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

Eduardo Nunez is a strange case.  He reminds me of a joke that Patrice O’Neal told about Jeff Ross at one of the Comedy Central Roasts, where he called Ross a legend and then corrected himself by saying Ross was more like a myth because everybody had heard stories about how funny he is, “but nobody’s ever really seen it.”  That’s Eduardo Nunez to me; he’s been talked about as the next big homegrown position player piece for the future for what seems like the last 3-4 years, and he always ends up not being that.  I bring this up today because Cash and Joe each mentioned Nunez in their recent year-end addresses, but not in a way that makes his current or future standing within the organization any more clear than it’s ever been.  To me, it almost seems like the Yankees have no clue what to do with Nunez anymore, and if that’s the case then it might be time to trade him.… Click here to read the rest

The Future at Third

Alex Rodriguez is having a nice month of May. Though the 36-year-old slugger has just three home runs since May first, he has raised his batting average by 43 points and his OPS by another 63 points over the last month. Coming off the worst season of his career, A-Rod is off to a pretty nice start for the Yankees, hitting .287 on the season with a .372 OBP and .431 SLG. More importantly, he’s played in 48 of the Yankees 49 games after missing 63 games in 2011. Fangraphs even places Rodriguez second on the Yankees in WAR, ahead of such players as Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter.

Yet two months into the season a trend is developing in Rodriguez’s stat line that suggests the Yankees may need to start thinking long term about a replacement for Rodriguez at the hot corner. In 14 games as a designated hitter, Rodriguez is hitting .327 with an .850 OPS. In 33 games as a third baseman, Rodriguez is hitting just .272 with a .788 OPS.… Click here to read the rest

My take on Nunez and the future of the Yankee outfield

In the last few days, both Alex and Steve have touched on Eduardo Nunez making the transition to the outfield and how it could affect the outfield going forward. They’ve given some support to the idea, though I wouldn’t say either has given the it a glowing recommendation. Consider this my declaration of being firmly against the idea of moving Nunez to the outfield.

As I mentioned in the comments of Alex’s article yesterday, this isn’t necessarily going to be an easy switch. While being athletic certainly buys you a lot in the outfield, there is still a decent amount of skill involved. Nunez will have to learn how to track fly balls in a much different way than he’s used to. He’ll have to get used to fielding balls on the ground in a much different way than he’s used to (hell, he’s not exactly that great at fielding them now). He’ll have to get used to throwing much differently than he’s used to.… Click here to read the rest