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Nuno-Mania

9.3.09 | Baseball

Baker University standout continues to dominate in Minor LeaguesVidal Nuno

Nuno-mania is spreading among the Cleveland Indians minor league organization. Vidal Nuno, picked by the Indians in the 48th round this year out of Baker University, continues to impress scouts. In 12 appearances this season (seven starts) in a short season in single-A Mahoning Valley, based in Niles, Ohio, the left-hander has posted a 5-0 record with a 1.57 ERA, having allowed 37 hits and 13 walks while striking out 43 in 51.2 innings pitched.


Before arriving at Mahoning Valley, Nuno began his professional career with the Indians rookie-level team in Arizona. While pitching in Arizona, Nuno posted a 0-0 record with a 5.14 ERA. Upon his arrival at Mahoning Valley, Nuno was slated to pitch strictly out of the bullpen.  In his first five appearances out of the bullpen, Nuno went 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA (13.2 IP, 11 H, 6 BB, and 15 K), but eventually moved into the rotation for a spot start. Nuno pitched so well in his spot start, Mahoning decided to keep him there. Since then, Nuno has made seven starts posting a 4-0 record with a 1.66 ERA (38.0 IP, 26 H, 7 BB, and 28 Ks).

Nuno has been the most consistent starter since mid-July for Mahoning Valley. “He has really rounded out and finished off what is a very nice five-man rotation out there,” said a representative from Mahoning. “Anytime you get this kind of consistent, dominating performance from a late-round pick, you have to tip your cap to the scouting department for potentially finding a late-round gem.”

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