He'll likely be a long reliever long term. Not sure he can hold up to SP type innings nor does he have the stuff/command to last deep into games...just my opinion. He is still young so anything can still happen with his progress. I'll keep my fingers crossed he pans out to be anything of value for KC!
The kid pitched a great game Saturday. 6 innings, 2 hits (1 homer), 3 BBs, 4 Ks.
Craig Brown, MVN.com wrote:Leo The Kid was just absolutely brilliant. I’ve knocked him in this space as a two-pitch pitcher, but he had three pitches working on Saturday. His fastball was tickling 97 mph on the stadium gun and he was mixing it with a slider and a change-up. It was impressive.
There were occasions where Leo The Kid would just reach back for something extra and just bring the heat, the cheese, whatever you want to call it. Nunez ended up going six innings, allowing just two hits and one run.
And it was a battle. Credit to the Blue Jays for hanging tough. Witness a 28 pitch second inning where Nunez faced just four batters. Let’s just say Cookie Rojas Bobbleheads weren’t the only souvenirs many fans brought home on Saturday. Foul ball after foul ball made their way to the stands. The old cliché is the more pitches a batter sees, the better his chances are of cashing in with a base hit. Troy Glaus saw nine pitches, fouling off six of them, before going down swinging. And the great thing about it – the last pitch Nunez threw was a 96 mph heater – the fastest pitch Glaus saw in that at bat. It was if Leo The Kid had tired of fooling around with the Blue Jays third baseman and decided to end things immediately.
The two hits Nunez allowed were interesting in that you could kind of see them coming. He allowed a double on a 3-1 pitch to Vernon Wells in the fourth inning, immediately after Alex Rios hit the ball on the nose to line out to David DeJesus. For a moment, it looked like Nunez was wavering, but he hunkered down to get the always dangerous Frank Thomas to end the inning.
The other hit Nunez allowed was the home run to Greg Zaun. The home run came on the pitch that followed a very long foul ball. Zaun was ahead of an off speed pitch, but was right on the fastball. It was the only mistake Leo The Kid made all night.
When he retired the side in the sixth inning, some fans in my section stood in appreciation. I followed, secretly hoping Nunez would return for the seventh, but knowing with 97 pitches to his credit, his evening was probably finished.
It was a command performance. And I have to admit, if he somehow keeps this up, it will be difficult to remove him from the starting rotation. He’s at least earned the right to take the ball every fifth day for the rest of the year.