Renato Rafael Núñez (born April 4, 1994) is a Venezuelan professional baseball third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Oakland Athletics and the Texas Rangers.
Núñez in 2018
|Baltimore Orioles – No. 39|
|Born: April 4, 1994|
|September 12, 2016, for the Oakland Athletics|
|MLB statistics |
(through September 10, 2019)
|Runs batted in||108|
Núñez signed with the Oakland Athletics as an international free agent at 16 in 2010. He made his professional debut that season for the Dominican Summer League Athletics. In 2011, Núñez played for the Arizona League Athletics, hitting .325/.403/.550 and four home runs over 42 games. He played for the Beloit Snappers in 2013. He hit .258/.301/.423 with 19 home runs in 128 games. Núñez played the 2014 season with the Stockton Ports. In July, he played in the All-Star Futures Game, where he singled. He finished the season hitting .279/.336/.517 with 29 home runs. After the season, the Athletics added Núñez to their 40-man roster. He played the 2015 season with the Double-A Midland RockHounds before participating in the Arizona Fall League. He played the entire 2016 minor league season with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds, and was called up to the Athletics on September 12. Núñez was assigned to Nashville for the 2017 season. He was selected to play in the 2017 Triple-A All-Star Game in which he hit a three-run home run to help the Pacific Coast League defeat the International League, earning him the MVP Award for the Pacific Coast League.
Nunez injured his left hamstring in the first week of spring training in 2018. He began the season on the disabled list, and was sent to Nashville on rehabilitation assignment. Nearing the end of the assignment, Nunez, who was out of options, was placed on waivers and subsequently claimed by the Texas Rangers on April 15.
The Orioles claimed Núñez off waivers on May 13, 2018. He was outrighted to AAA Norfolk Tides the next day. Núñez had his contract selected on July 20, 2018 and made his Orioles debut the same day. He achieved his first-ever five-hit game in a 6–5 away loss to the New York Yankees on August 14, 2019.
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