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Would Nunez improve with increased playing time?

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 15, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Eduardo Nunez did not have overwhelming stats this season. In fact, it’s pretty easy to argue that a .265/.313/.385 slash line is underwhelming for a player who also committed 20 errors in a part-time role. The Yankees, though, have touted Nunez as a potential everyday player. Did the lack of regular at-bats contribute to his only so-so production?

There were really two periods when Nunez got regular playing time, and the statistics suggest Nunez really was a better hitter when given regular at-bats. When he was playing regularly, he was especially good in the last week of steady at-bats, a sign that the regular work really did let him adjust and improve.

When Derek Jeter was on the disabled list
June 14 – July 3
Nunez hit: .339/.381/.525
Last seven games: .400/.423/.640

When Alex Rodriguez was on the disabled list
July 8 – August 25
Nunez hit: .282/.336/.371
Last seven games: .333/.429/.417

Joe Girardi has indicated that the Yankees plan to give Nunez additional playing time next season, which might keep his bat more productive.

“I think Nuney’s a guy who can play all over for us,” Girardi said. “He might even play more positions for us next year.”

Associated Press photo

* Rodriguez technically came back on August 21, but he sprained his thumb immediately, and Nunez kept getting regular starts through the 25th.

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