Nunez looking for a job

The York Revolution’s most powerful pitcher from a year ago is once again looking for a job.

Franklin Nunez was released by Milwaukee recently after signing with the Brewers with three weeks to go in the 2007 season. Check out the other latest minor league cuts here.

Nunez was an interesting story for the Revs last season. He was scouted by the Brewers from the moment he joined York in spring training, but Milwaukee wanted to see him stay healthy for an extended period of time before making a commitment. Nunez showed them he was legit. He solved his control issues and under the tutelage of pitching coach Tippy Martinez, the righty flamethrower was throwing his slider for strikes with regularity toward the end of the year.

nunez.jpgThe Nagua, Dominican Republic native posted a 2.76 ERA and recorded 12 saves for the Revs in 32 2/3 innings. David Keller — formerly an assistant to Adam Gladstone in BASA and now Camden’s director of baseball operations — was instrumental in getting Nunez his shot in affiliated ball. Keller certainly had a good case for him: Nunez had a 6.52 ERA in June, but his ERA was under 1.00 in both July and August. Check out the rest of Nunez’s stats with York last year here.

“I put it in my mind that if I didn’t get signed this year, I would go back to the Dominican Republic for winter ball and see what happens,” Nunez said in August through translator/teammate Luis Cotto. “I’m very happy that I’m signing with a team that needs me.”

Well, unfortunately, it looks like the Brewers don’t need him anymore. He only made two appearances for Triple-A Nashville last season and was basically a fill-in for other pitchers who were called up to the big club when rosters were expanded. But Nunez proved his hot streak with York was no fluke. He pitched 22 1/3 innings for Gigantes of the Dominican Winter League this off-season and had a 3-1 record, a 2.53 ERA and 16 strikeouts. And while I wasn’t able to find any stats on him from spring training, the fact that he made it this deep into spring camp says a lot.

So will the Revs be after him again this year? If he chooses to return to independent ball, chances are good that he returns to York. Nunez is a close friend of catcher Luis Taveras. The two have played together in the Dominican for years.

And his addition for 2008 would make York’s bullpen pretty formidable. The club would have Wayne Franklin, Dave Veres and Nunez to throw at lineups in the late innings. That’s a pretty good three-headed-monster — especially considering Lancaster’s move to sign Sendy Rleal as a closer.

Gladstone, the Revs’ director of baseball operations, did not immediately return a call on Tuesday evening seeking comment. But I hope to touch base with him on Wednesday.


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