Nunez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 9-3 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Nunez became the seventh player in franchise history to slug a home run in his major-league debut after leaving the yard in his final at-bat of the night in the eighth inning. The 24-year-old is out of the lineup for Wednesday's series finale but should fill in for top backstop Tony Wolters a couple times per week after replacing Chris Iannetta as Colorado's No. 2 catcher.
Nunez had his contract selected from Triple-A Albuquerque ahead of Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks, Jenny Cavnar of AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain reports.
As anticipated, Nunez will join the big-league roster after Colorado designated Chris Iannetta for assignment. Nunez is expected to slot in as the backup catcher behind Tony Wolters, but he'll likely see his fair share of opportunities throughout the final months of the season. Nunez has put together a .244/.362/.559 slash line with 17 homers and 42 RBI over 61 games this season at Triple-A.
The Rockies plan to select Nunez's contract from Triple-A Albuquerque prior to Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
The 24-year-old will move up to the big club for the first time in his career as a replacement for backup catcher Chris Iannetta, whose decline both as a defender and at the plate will cost him a spot on the 40-man roster. Tony Wolters remains locked in as Colorado's top backstop, but Nunez could carry some intrigue as a daily streaming option when he draws starts at Coors Field. Over 257 plate appearances in the Pacific Coast League this season, Nunez has slashed .244/.362/.559 with 32 extra-base hits and a 14.1 percent walk rate.
Nunez was reassigned to minor league camp Monday, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports.
The 22-year-old found success in his limited time with the big league club, going 2-for-5 with a double and a run. However, Nunez hasn't played an inning above High-A yet, so he'll likely spend all of 2017 between High-A and Double-A even after the injury to Tom Murphy (forearm).
Nunez received an invitation to Rockies spring training Thursday.
Nunez performed decently with High-A Modesto last season, slashing .241/.321/.362 to go along with 10 home runs. However, the 22-year-old mostly likely projects as an eventual backup at the big league level. Considering that Nunez is still yet to play in Double-A, there is a strong chance he'll spend all of next season in the minors, especially since catchers often take longer to develop than many other positions.
Nunez, 21, is hitting .249/.331/.370 with nine home runs, 42 RBI and eight steals in 93 games for High-A Modesto.
Considered one of the better hitting prospects in the Colorado organization heading into this season, Nunez has had a rather down year in the hitter-friendly confines of the California League. His average is down, his strikeouts are up and he has not quite shown the same power as a season ago. Still, he has above-average plate discipline for his age, and at just 21, he still has plenty of time to hone his craft.
Nunez received an invitation to spring training Thursday.
Nunez caught at Low-A Asheville last season, posting an .821 OPS thanks to 13 home runs. The invitation is nice, but he'll likely head back down to the minors after spring training concludes to develop more.
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