Colorado Rockies prospect Dom Nunez has been ranked seventh-best among all minor league catchers in rankings released Wednesday night by MLB Pipeline. Here is the post's short blurb on Nunez, who played in Low-A Asheville in 2015:
The recipient of an above-slot $800,000 signing bonus as a sixth-round pick in 2013, Nunez has a gorgeous left-handed swing and mature approach, which highlight his potential to hit for average and power once developed. He played both middle-infield spots during his pro debut before becoming a full-time catcher in 2014. The athleticism and agility Nunez showed in the infield have helped him make strides as a blocker and receiver in a short period of time, and his catch-and-throw skills should improve with experience.
Nunez—ranked as the 17th PuRP in July of 2015—got off to a slow start last summer after being promoted to Asheville but exploded in the second half, earning him this ranking. During that stretch, he hit .335/.444/.607 including all 13 of his home runs, good for an OPS of 1.050.
Perhaps the most exciting element of Nunez's game for Rockies fans is that he draws walks with consistency, grabbing 53 bases on balls to 55 strikeouts. For those who care about such things as awareness and cerebral ability (especially for a catcher), then, Nunez just become that much more exciting.
This ranking indicates more recognition at the national level and means he is in play for the overall top 100 prospects list. If he makes it, the Rockies could see up to ten guys make the cut.
Make sure to check back here at Purple Row, as we're in the midst of unveiling our top prospects heading into 2016. We'll see Nunez again real soon.