Eduardo Nunez is a professional baseball infielder from the Dominican Republic who currently plays for the Boston Red Sox. He began his professional career in 2004 with the New York Yankees as an international freelance player but remained in their minor league until 2010 when he made his first appearance in the MLB.
Nunez is one of the biggest players in the MLB; he is versatile and although he currently plays as an infielder, he can be used as a utility infielder, in the shortstop position, and also as an outfielder. The Dominican player also played for the Minnesota Twins and the San Francisco Giants before joining his current team in July 2017.
Eduardo Nunez’ Bio
Eduardo Nunez was born on June 15, 1987, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, as Eduardo Michelle Núñez Méndez. Not much is known about his family, early life, and upbringing, but his mother’s name is given as Victoria Mendez.
At the age of seventeen, he signed with the New York Yankees as an international free agent. At a press conference, Eduardo Nunez introduced Eduardo Nunez to Derek Jeter, who was his childhood idol, and told Jeter that the young man (Nunez) would eventually replace him as a shortstop for the Yankees.
He made his professional debut in 2005 with the Staten Island Yankees in the Class A Short-Season New York-Pennsylvania League. Eduardo also represented the Yankees in the league’s All-Star Game that season, played a major role in helping the Yankees win the league title for the third year in a row, and at the end of the season was voted fourth-best contender for the New York-Penn League title.
In the 2006 season, Baseball America ranked him as the sixth-best contender in the Yankees franchise and the best contender with the best throwing arm. Nunez started this season with the Tampa Yankees in the Class A-Advanced Florida State League but struggled so much this season that he was demoted to the Charleston RiverDogs in the Class A South Atlantic League (SAL), beating both Tampa and Charleston by just 0.214.
He remained in the Minor League until August 2010, when he was called to the Major League to replace Lance Berkman, who was on a 15-day disability list at the time. He debuted for the team on the same day he was called up. In thirty games he played this season, he scored 0.280, with one home run, 7 RBIs, and two runs. He became the replacement for Mark Teixeira during the 2010 American League Championship Series after he (Mark) suffered an injury. Baseball America placed him in 8th place at the end of the season as the most promising player in the Yankee franchise. He was also named the best defensive in-field player and best in-field arm in the franchise at the end of the season.
Nunez began the 2011 season by replacing Ramiro Peña as a useful infielder for the team. Coach Joe Girardi also used him as an outfielder this season when Nick Swisher suffered tendinitis in his elbow. By the end of the season, he had played a total of 112 games for the Yankees.
The 2012 season was not one of Eduardo Nunez’s best, he was demoted to Triple-A Team Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after scoring 0.294 goals in his first twenty games of the season. He was recalled from Triple-A in September of the same year. He ended the regular season with an average of 0.292 hits in eighty-two At-Bats.
That year he was initially disqualified from the American League Championship Series, but soon found his name on the list after Jeter broke his ankle. And although the Yankees lost the series to the Tigers, Eduardo still hit his first home run of the season against Justin Verlander (pitcher for the Tigers) in the third game of the ALCS.
His 2013 season was affected by a series of injuries, and he finished the season with an average of 0.260 strokes and twenty-eight RBIs in ninety games played. In 2014, the Minnesota Twins acquired him in exchange for Miguel Sulbaran – a minor-league pitcher. The Twins transferred him to their minor league subsidiary Rochester Red Wings. He scored 7-22 (.318) for the Red Wings, and on April 17, he rose to the double as the twenty-sixth man on the Red Wings’ roster. He ended the season with an average score of 0.250 for the Twins in seventy-two games.
Eduardo Nunez began the 2016 season with the Twins but ended it with the San Francisco Giants, for whom he began playing after being traded in for Adalberto Mejía (a left-handed minor-league pitcher) in July of the same year. He played fifty games for the Giants this season with an average of 0.269 strokes, thirteen stolen bases, four home runs, and twenty RBIs.
The following season, he played seventy-six games with an average batting average of 0.308, eighteen stolen bases, four home runs, and thirty-one RBIs before being traded to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Minor League pitcher Gregory Santos and Shaun Anderson.
In February 2018 he signed a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox worth $4 million. The contract included a $4 million player option for the next season (2019).
Height And Other Facts About The Baseball Infielder
The versatile player stands at a height of 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) and weighs 88 kg (194 pounds).
Following his $4 million deal with the Red Sox in 2018, Nunez’s annual salary for 2018 is $4 million.
The infielder is reportedly dating a lady named Merary. There is really not much to say about this special woman in Nunez’s life as the couple keeps their personal lives away from the media.