Nunez was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday.
Nunez finished tied for second in the Pacific Coast League in homers with 32 and improved his walk rate to 8.8 percent, his highest mark yet with a full-season affiliate. However, he finished the season with a 26.5 percent strikeout rate and 109 wRC+, which was only a little better than league average in the PCL. The A's are embracing a youth movement, but Nunez probably won't be afforded the same amount of playing time as the likes of Matt Olson and Matt Chapman with Ryon Healy warranting most of the starts at designated hitter.
Nunez is expected to be one of several players called up from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
The Sounds season will conclude Monday, clearing the path for Nunez to join the big-league club Tuesday. The 23-year-old, who's smacked a career-best 32 home runs for Triple-A Nashville this season, will likely see the majority of his playing time at designated hitter. He'll try to improve on the .133 average he compiled in his 15-plate-appearance cup of coffee with the Athletics last season, a stint in which he notched just a pair of singles and one RBI.
Nunez is one of the players at Triple-A Nashville that's likely to be called up in September, Alex Simon of MLB.com reports. "We do need to find out about Nunez," said manager Bob Melvin. "His bat, we've seen it in Spring Training, and everybody that you talk to says his bat will play at the big league level. We have to give him some at-bats to see."
The slugger has smacked a career-high 32 home runs for the Sounds this season as part of a .253/.314/.529 line over 119 games. Nunez has compiled a whopping 59 extra-base hits overall as well, and he hit .333 with a double, two round trippers and four RBI in 10 games with the Athletics during spring training. The 23-year-old hit can play third base and also serve as a designated hitter, so the A's should be able to afford him a solid amount of playing time during his big-league stint.
Nunez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Triple-A Nashville's 5-4 win over Reno on Sunday.
He's on a homer tear, having gone deep in three straight games. Nunez decimated Reno pitching throughout the four-game series, going 7-for-14 with three home runs and six RBI. Per William Boor of MLB.com, Nunez's blast on Sunday represents a career best and leads all of the minors as well. Given his elite power, it appears that his 27.5 percent strikeout rate -- also a career-high figure -- is the one area of his game that requires significant improvement.
Nunez went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in the Pacific Coast League All-Stars' 6-4 win over the International League All-Stars in Wednesday's Triple-A All-Star Game.
The power-hitting prospect's blast in the fourth inning snapped a 1-1 tie and put the PCL All-Stars on the road to an eventual 6-4 victory. Nunez launched 24 round trippers in Triple-A Nashville's first 84 games as part of a .253/.314/.551 line, and he could potentially be a second-half call-up for the Athletics depending on how the big-league roster is shaken up at the trade deadline.
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