‘KBO Interest → NPB Advancement’ Nunes, Mexican League after 1 year bitter taste

Renato Nunes (29), who played in Japanese professional baseball, is moving to the Mexican League.

The Toros de Tijuana club of the Mexican League announced the signing of Nunes on the 5th (Korean time). Nunes played for the Nippon Ham Fighters of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) last season. Initially, several KBO league clubs considered his recruitment, but it was difficult to guarantee a high salary for him. Estimated by Japanese media, Nunes’ annual salary for the 2022 season is 180 million yen (1.7 billion won). However, he played in 63 games and had a batting average of 0.174 (29 hits in 167 at-bats) with 4 homers and 12 RBIs. He also failed to renew his contract after the season because his OPS, which combined on-base percentage (0.228) and slugging percentage (0.299), was also low at 0.527, and he ended up heading to the Mexican League. 메이저놀이터

The Venezuelan native had a .244 batting average with 31 homers and 90 RBIs in 2019 with the Baltimore Orioles. He hit double-digit home runs for the second year in a row with 12 home runs in 2020 as well. However, after that, his position narrowed and he turned his eyes to the Asian League. He is relatively young in his late 20s, so he can be on the KBO League club recruiting list again in the future. Nunes’ career in the big leagues (6 years) is a batting average of 0.245 with 56 homers and 154 RBIs.