Chris Nunn

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Christopher Jared Nunn

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Biographical Information[edit]

Relief pitcher Chris Nunn began his professional career in 2012.

He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 24th round of the 2012 amateur draft and had an impressive inaugural season, going 4-0 with a 0.81 ERA in 25 appearances for the AZL Padres and Eugene Emeralds, striking out 49 batters in 33 1/3 innings. He was named to the Northwest League Post-Season All-Star team that year. In 2013, he was 8-2 with a 2.77 ERA in 55 games for the Fort Wayne TinCaps, saving nine games and K-ing 66 batters in 65 innings. With the Lake Elsinore Storm in 2014, Nunn went 4-2 with a 4.30 ERA in 49 games, striking out 76 batters in 58 2/3 frames. However, he developed a hip problem in 2015, which would plague him for years. He lost his status as a prospect after posting an ERA of 7.03 in 47 games that season, with most of his action coming with Lake Elsinore in the California League.

He missed the entire 2016 season while pursuing a graduate degree in business at Lipscomb University, and also did some modeling work on the side. He pitched only 5 games in 2017, 1 in the independent Frontier League. He started 2018 in the Houston Astros' organization, but lasted just 15 games, including a brutal stint with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Pacific Coast League, when he put up an ERA of 13.50 in 7 games. He found himself back in the indy leagues, pitching for the St. Paul Saints of the American Association. There he righted things, going 7-3, 3.05 in 11 starts. In January 2019, he managed to stir interest from major league teams by posting a video of him throwing 99 mph, which quickly went viral. The Texas Rangers sent scout Derrick Tucker to have a closer look at him. He was impressed enough to sign him to a minor league deal.

Further Reading[edit]

  • T.R. Sullivan: "Rangers sign lefty after 99-mph video 'blew up': Nunn gets Minors deal with help from Flatground App",, January 29, 2019. [1]

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