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Abraham Nunez -- By Robert Sherry

Abraham Nunez: The Diamondbacks already paid a heavy price to get closer Matt Mantei. This increased when it was discovered that Abraham Nunez was the "player to be named later." Nunez now steps to the top of the list of the Florida Marlins best position prospects.

Signed by the Diamondbacks out of the Dominican Republic in 1996 this 19-year-old was one of the best prospects to play in the California League during the 1999 season. At High Desert Nunez batted .273 in 488 AB with 22 HR, 93 RBI, 29 doubles, 6 triples, 106 runs scored, 86 BB, 122 SO, and 40 steals in 53 attempts. He showed a big improvement across the board when you compare these stats to what he did in 1998 (.255, 364 AB, 9 HR, 47 RBI, 14 doubles, 2 triples, 44 runs scored, 67 BB, 81 SO and 12 steals in 14 attempts). As you would expect from someone his age he could be over-aggressive at times resulting in the high strikeout numbers. I wouldn't worry much about it, as he will most likely become more patient as he develops.

He has five-tool ability including a great arm. He projects to being a very good rightfielder. Even at his age and experience, Nunez could probably step into the majors this season as a defensive replacement and do a great job, if for no other reason then his arm.

Look for Nunez to play at Double-A Portland in 2000. If he continues his fine play and development he could be in the major leagues for good sometime during the 2001 season. He looks like a future all-star in what could very well be the best young team in baseball.


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