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West Coast Fan wrote:Does Nunuez start with KC? He had a great spring training and seemed to be a hitter.
By BOB DUTTON, The Kansas City Star wrote:
Outfielder Abraham Nuñez is ticketed for regular duty with the Royals after a deadline-beating deal Saturday that sent reliever Rudy Seanez to the Florida Marlins.
"I'm going to play him a lot," manager Tony Peña promised. "This kid has a really good upside. He was once one of the top prospects in the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization.
"He has some tools. He's a real good defensive player, an above-average runner and has some power from both sides of the plate."
What Nuñez, 27, hasn't had is the opportunity to play regularly. He has just 64 at-bats this season for Florida, prompting him to lash out last month in frustration.
"I just don't want to be here sitting on the bench," he said. "I want them to make some decision. Like I say, play me or trade me."
Nuñez, 6 feet 3 and 210 pounds, was once viewed as one of Arizona's top prospects before joining the Marlins in a trade after the 1999 season.
"He has an above-average arm, above-average speed and raw power," Royals general manager Allard Baird said. "We think there's some upside.
"The mode we're in will allow him to play and give him the opportunity to turn those tools into skills."
Nuñez, a switch-hitter who throws right-handed, is batting just .172 with one homer and five RBIs. He was injured for much of last season but batted .311 with 11 homers and 38 RBIs in 59 games at Class AAA Albuquerque, N.M.
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