The 2016 fantasy baseball season was the “Year of the Monster Shortstop Value”, which was an extremely profitable class of hitter that included Jonathan Villar, Jean Segura, and veteran Eduardo Nunez. Surely no one could possibly have foreseen what Nunez accomplished last season from an offensive standpoint given the fact he bombed out with the New York Yankees due to a combination of poor batting numbers and truly comical defense in the field. Just like with Segura in Arizona, a fresh start in Minnesota seemed to be the trick to clear Nunez’ mind and allow his skills to take over. Boy did they ever as Nunez hit 16 home runs, stole a monstrous 40 bases, and batted .288 in a year split between the Twins and San Francisco Giants(as per a trade deadline deal). What also seemed to be the key for Nunez last season is that he finally was granted more than 350 at-bats to show what he could do and thus get into a rhythm at the dish. Always possessing impressive speed, Nunez swiping as many bags as he did was within the realm of expectation. It was the home runs that were truly shocking given the fact Nunez’ previous MLB high was just five. Again the additional at-bats helped boost him in that category as well and since Nunez has now proven he can play at a high level, another full season of plate appearances should help him stay around his 2016 numbers. Yes there is an outlier component to this to be aware of but Nunez doesn’t figure to see his 2017 price tag blow up as much as you may think given the fact he was such a below-average player for so long prior to his breakout.
2017 PROJECTION: .284 14 HR 70 RBI 77 R 35 SB