Alexis Antonio Nunez
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 170 lb.
Alex Nunez peaked in A ball in the US.
Nunez made his pro debut with the 1999-2000 Tigres de Aragua, going 1 for 4 with a run and a RBI. He hit .363/.489/.486 for the 2000 San Joaquin team with 36 runs in 51 games. He was 4th in the Venezuelan Summer League in average behind Saúl Torres, Carlos Arroyo and Juan Salazar. He presumably was among the OBP leaders as well, if not first. He saw little action the next year for the GCL Twins, going 2 for 11, then was 7 for 24 with a double and a triple for Aragua in the winter. In 2002, the Minnesota Twins let him go and he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies; he split time that year between the GCL Phillies (.224/.298/.306 in 14 G), Batavia Muckdogs (.255/.410/.383 in 15 G), Lakewood BlueClaws (3 for 15) and Clearwater Threshers (4 for 25, 2 2B, 4 BB). He was 2 for 9 for the 2002-2003 Tigres.
He resurfaced in 2005 with the independent Worcester Tornadoes and the 24-year-old did very well - .340/.411/.458, 51 R in 89 G. He was third in the Canadian-American Association in average behind Zach Smithlin and Ricardo Cordova; Cordova was named the All-Star 2B. He carried his success into winter ball, batting .354/.432/.435 for Aragua and was among the Venezuelan League leaders in average and OBP. In 2006, he was signed by the Washington Nationals and appeared for the Savannah Sand Gnats (.265/.336/.361 in 72 G) and Potomac Nationals (9 for 34, 3 BB). He hit .297/.343/.406 for Aragua in 2006-2007, slumped to 1-for-15 in the semifinals but was 1 for 1 in the finals and 2 for 4 in the 2007 Caribbean Series. He played in 2007 for the Hagerstown Suns (.271/.342/.412 in 47 G) and Potomac (4 for 11, 2B, 2 BB) before the Nationals cut him. He then finished the summer with the Brockton Rox (.257/.327/.335 in 49 G). In the winter, he was a solid part-timer for Aragua (.310/.375/.345 in 58 AB). He was a regular at DH in the 2008 Caribbean Series and did very well, going 6 for 13 with 4 walks and two doubles. He was second in the Series in average (behind Albino Contreras), tied for 5th in walks, tied Contreras for the best OBP and was second to Contreras in OPS but was left off the tourney All-Star team; Roberto Saucedo was picked at DH.
Moving from the infield to the outfield, Alex hit .339/.400/.427 with 52 runs in 89 games for Les Capitales de Quebec in 2008 and also went 1 for 6 for the dMedia T-Rex. He was 4th in the Canadian-American Association in average (behind Melvin Falu, Scott Grimes and Jabe Bergeron), tied for 8th in steals (20), was in the top 10 in OBP and tied for first in caught stealing (12). He was 10 for 35 with a double for Aragua in 2008-2009 and 0 for 4 for them in the 2009 Caribbean Series. In the summer of '09, he hit .314/.385/.378 for Quebec. He was 5th in average and 6th in OBP. He was 16 for 60 with a double, two triples, homer and four walks in 2009-2010.
Alex's batting line for the 2010 Capitales was .298/.360/.389 and he stole 29 bases in 31 tries; he finished 4th in the Can-Am loop in swipes. He had a strong winter for the Tigres (.337/.395/.416). Had he qualified, he would have been third in the Venezuelan League in average behind Josh Kroeger and Cesar Suarez. He hit .308/.386/.403 with 61 runs in 80 games for the 2011 Worcester Tornadoes and stole 22 bases in 27 attempts. He hit .224/.298/.316 for Aragua in 2011-2012, but improved to 6 for 15 in the playoffs and 3 for 5 in the 2012 Caribbean Series. He produced at a .295/.377/.401 clip for the 2012 Tornadoes then hit .221/.316/.250 in winter ball. The veteran did not play in the US or Canada in 2013 then was 9 for 29 with a double, triple and 10 walks that winter for Aragua.