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Giants select RHP Dedniel Nuñez in Rule 5 Draft

Nuñez comes from the Mets farm system, and has never pitched above A ball.

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The San Francisco Giants have once again taken a pitcher in the Rule 5 Draft. This time it’s right-hander Dedniel Nuñez, who comes to the Giants from the New York Mets system. The Giants used the No. 14 pick in the draft to select him.

Nuñez is a 24-year old international signee from the Dominican Republic. He made his professional debut in 2017, and has yet to pitch at the AA or AAA level.

He split the 2019 season between the Mets A and A+ affiliates, registering a 4.03 ERA and 2.37 FIP at the former, and a 4.53 ERA and 3.12 FIP at the latter. In 80 innings across the two levels he had 94 strikeouts to 23 walks. He started 15 of the 16 games he appeared in, though it’s probably safe to assume that the Giants plan on using him in relief.

It’s the fourth straight season that San Francisco has selected a pitcher in the Rule 5 Draft, and so far the experiment hasn’t been kind to them. In 2017 they took Julian Fernández, who promptly suffered an injury and needed Tommy John surgery. He was claimed off of waivers the next offseason, before pitching any innings for the Giants.

In 2018 it was lefty Travis Bergen, who made 21 appearances for the team before being designated for assignment due to not playing well.

And last year they took Dany Jimenez, who made only two appearances before being designated for assignment.

We’ll see if they have better luck with Nuñez.

In the AAA portion of the draft, the Giants added outfielder Vince Fernandez from the Colorado Rockies system in the first round, right-handed pitcher Ronnie Williams from the St. Louis Cardinals system in the second round, and infielder Mitchell Tolman from the Mets system in the third round.

Fernandez, who is a 25-year old left-handed hitter, slashed .257/.346/.543 with 15 home runs, 28 walks, and 86 strikeouts in 263 plate appearances for the Rockies AA affiliate in 2019.

Williams, a 24-year old former second-round pick, split time between the Cardinals A+ and AA affiliates in 2019. He had a 3.70 ERA and 4.21 FIP in A+, and a 4.24 ERA and 5.57 FIP in AA, with 58 strikeouts and 29 walks in 58.1 innings between the two.

Tolman is a 26-year old left-handed hitter. He had a brief AAA appearance in 2019, but spent most of the year in AA, where he hit .254/.340/.344 with 4 home runs, 47 walks, and 100 strikeouts in 460 plate appearances.