Nunez went 2-for-5 with three RBI from a double and solo home run in Triple-A Nashville's 13-3 win over Fresno on Thursday. He's slashing .246/.305/.536 with 10 homers and 22 RBI over 35 games.
As per Sounds play-by-play announcer Jeff Hem, Nunez's eighth-inning blast to left landed on the roof of a building across the street from the stadium. The 23-year-old has power to spare, and although his average has plenty of room for improvement, it has seen a boost from the .228 he generated with the Sounds in 128 games last season. Nunez now has 163 games of experience at the Triple-A level overall, but appears ticketed to remain with Nashville for the time being.
Nunez is slashing .216/.226/.353 over his first 53 plate appearances for Triple-A Nashville this season.
The 23-year-old third baseman has generated three extra-base hits in the form of a double and two home runs, which has led to six RBI. Nunez has started to come on in recent games, however, as he currently has a modest four-game hitting streak, a stretch that includes a pair of multi-hit efforts. After hitting .133 over a quick 15 plate appearances for Oakland last season, he looked much better against major-league arms this spring, posting a .333 average with a double, two homers and four RBI over 10 games. While veteran third baseman Trevor Plouffe continues to struggle at the big-league level, it's likely that the team will exercise plenty of patience and allow Nunez to get as much seasoning as possible with the Sounds.
Nunez was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Sunday.
Nunez was having a strong spring so far, slashing .333/.368/.722 across 18 at-bats while adding two home runs and four RBI. The 22-year-old will likely spend the year at Triple-A, where he still has a little left to prove before he is ready for the big leagues.
Nunez hit a game-tying two-run homer in his only at-bat in Saturday's 8-7 Cactus League victory over the Rangers.
Nunez's eighth-inning blast to left off Jason Richman knotted the game at 7-7 and represented his second round-tripper in 16 spring at-bats. The A's' No. 9-ranked prospect is putting together a stellar exhibition resume thus far, as he's now slashing .375/.412/.813 with a double, four RBI, a walk and four runs. The 22-year-old third baseman is likely at least a full season away from playing in the majors, but the experience he's gaining during the spring should prove priceless.
Nunez went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 15-5 Cactus League loss to the Indians.
Fellow prospect Matt Chapman was held out with a cracked toenail, giving Nunez the start at third. In addition to the two-run blast, which came off Josh Martin in the sixth with Jaff Decker aboard, the 22-year-old also hit the ball squarely in his other two at-bats, drawing the praise of manager Bob Melvin. Nunez is now hitting .222 over his first nine at-bats this spring after coming into Saturday's game hitless.
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