New York Mets Player Evaluations: Infielder Eduardo Nunez

The New York Mets brought Eduardo Nunez back to the state where his career started, but it was not a successful return. Nunez only played in four innings over two games and lost his season to a knee injury.

Nunez looked like a promising addition to the Mets infield depth. Though he has not been a stellar defender in his career, he can play multiple infield and outfield positions. Nunez was also coming off two solid seasons before struggling during the 2019 season with the Boston Red Sox.

Gone Too Soon

Nunez made his Mets debut in the second game of the season as a pinch-runner. He successfully stole a base then remained in the game as a designated hitter. Nunez recorded his first hit with the Mets the following night in their 14-1 loss. Unfortunately, it came with pain as he stumbled after legging out the infield single and fell to the grass. Nunez ended up spraining his left knee, and the pain lingered long enough to land him on the 45-day injured list, ending his season.

As Nunez heads into free agency again, he will likely serve the same role again. As he heads into his age-34, his best years are behind him but still serves his worth as a utility infielder. With Luis Guillorme and Andres Gimenez stepping up in his absence, two games are all Nunez will play with the Mets.

2020 Grades On 20-80 Scale (2021 Projection)

Hitting: 50 (45)

Power: 30 (25)

Run: 55 (50)

Arm: 45 (40)

Fielding: 45 (45)

Overall: 45 (40)