Nunez has steadily progressed a level per full season of pro ball for the Rockies after being selected in the sixth round of the 2014 draft. After a solid 2016 campaign at High A Modesto, where he slashed .241/.321/.362 with 10 home runs and 51 RBI’s for the Bees, he has struggled mightily offensively in his first season of Double-A action, with a paltry .180 batting average only being offset by an improving eye at the plate (50/74 BB/SO rate) – although the power has transitioned well, with another 10 home runs this year. Nunez has a conservative approach at the plate, and in my viewings he displayed a grooved swing plane with limited adjustments, although it was a single-game look. He has exploitable holes on the inner half of the plate and looks to get extended, though he also has enough bat speed to project for better barrel control that should help him work the ball up the middle more consistently. He does have enough strength, loft and leverage to his swing to project to average game power, especially as he learns to pull the ball more often. Behind the dish, he shows plus arm strength with the ability to throw runners out, and his footwork is average. He showed solid-average hands and receiving actions. The package should project to a solid-average defender, but Nunez’s limited offensive potential and ability to hit for average will make him a Role 40 backup on most clubs, with a ceiling of a Role 45 if the below-average hit tool matures better than expected at the higher levels.