MLB draft: Clemson signee selected in second round
|Monday, June 3, 2019, 11:35 PM-|
Clemson shortstop signee Nasim Nunez (Collins Hill HS, Ga.) was selected with the 46th overall pick in the second round by the Miami Marlins on Monday.
He was the top-rated Clemson signee according to MLB.com, at No. 51 overall. The slot value for the selection is $1.62 million.
“I’ll just keep my prayers up and hope that it’s something good," Nunez told Gwinnett Daily Post ahead of the MLB draft. "Right now, I’m hoping to go somewhere pretty good. Whatever happens, happens. I’ve done everything I could..."
“It’s all in the moment. I feel like everything’s in the moment. I’ll figure everything out once that moment comes."
"If all goes according to plan for Clemson, the Tigers will replace one potential first-round pick at shortstop (Logan Davidson) with another in Nunez. The only question is whether Nunez will make it there because he might be the best defensive shortstop in the 2019 Draft. If he convinces pro teams he can produce at the plate, they probably won't let him make it to college. A fast-twitch athlete, Nunez has Gold Glove upside at shortstop and is a slam dunk to stay at the position. He has smooth actions, quick hands and feet and the arm to make any throw from any angle. In the event that he doesn't hit enough to be an everyday player in the big leagues, he has the tools to play anywhere on the diamond in a utility role. Because Nunez is one of the smallest premium prospects in the Draft at 5-foot-9 and 155 pounds, he comes with concerns about how much impact he'll have at the plate. He offers little in the way of power, though he's a well above-average runner who's aggressive on the bases. A contact-oriented switch-hitter, he has a better swing from the right side of the plate."