Pinstriped 25 year-old left-hander Vidal Nuno is currently tearing it up for the New York Yankees‘ Triple-A affiliate and putting himself in position to potentially make a jump to majors at some point this season.
Nuno was released by the Cleveland Indians back in 2011 before ultimately being signed by the Yankees. The California native seems to have had a chip on his shoulder since he was let go by the Indians and that has caused him to become quite an intimidating man on the mound for AAA Rail Riders. Nuno led all Yankees farmhands in ERA and strikeouts and also tied for third in wins in 2012.
Something that scouts love to see from a Triple-A pitcher is pure dominance and Nuno surely has been dominant. Through his first 4 games this season he possesses a record of 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA but the most impressive statistic is his 26 strikeouts in only 23.1 innings of work. Its worth noting that Nuno was also recently named the winner of the 2013 James P. Dawson Award, an award given to most outstanding rookie in the Yankees’ spring training, not surprising since the guy pitched to a 0.61 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 14.2 innings this spring.
With Ivan Nova continuing to struggle in every start for the Yankees there is an increasing chance that the team will look to replace him in the rotation and that could mean that Nuno would get a chance to come up soon whether it be to bullpen or the rotation.
Whether it’s this month or a few months down the road Nuno will be making his presence know at some point. If his stuff transfers to the big league level Nuno may actually end up being fixture on the Yankees’ roster for many years to come.
It’s not often that a left-handed strikeout machine just falls into a team’s lap and the Yankees should give Nuno a chance to prove himself in pinstripes.
Chris Ronca is a New York Yankees writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter; @ChrisRonca.