The Dodgers have agreed to a minor league deal with free-agent left-handed reliever Chris Nunn, according to his Twitter account.
We can not control what opportunities come our way. Adversity is inevitable, and the story never goes as planned. However, today marks a day one of the most storied franchises in history. I am thankful and intend to honor this opportunity, Go @Dodgers
— chris nunn (@thenatural515) April 17, 2019
Nunn, a 28-year-old, was originally drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 24th round of the 2012 draft out of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.
He has pitched at the minor league and independent ball levels for the past six seasons, posting a career 3.92 ERA with 346 strikeouts in 321 2/3 innings of work.
Nunn pitched in the Houston Astros organization last year after they took him in the 2017 Rule 5 Draft. He posted a 1.80 ERA with a 10.35 K/9 in 20 innings at the AA-level before being promoted and struggling with his command over a small sample at the AAA-level.
He signed with the Texas Rangers at the start of the 2019 season but he was released in spring training.
Standing at 6-5, Nunn is able to reach triple digits on the mound and recently went viral on twitter because of videos posted by Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) and Friedman’s Flatground App.
Retweet if your team could use a 6'5" LHP who throws 100mph…
Free Agent @thenatural515 99mph, 99mph and 100mph on consecutive pitches ?
[Just kidding, you don't have to RT] pic.twitter.com/b9fbS5MmSq
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 7, 2019
On April 12, Nunn threw for scouts from the Dodgers, Giants, Marlins, Mariners, Red Sox and Blue Jays and was sitting 95-97 mph, according to Darren Wolfson.
Chris Nunn, Mechanics (T100mph). #FGFreeAgent
6'5" 100mph LHP, Free to a Good Home.
[Maybe not exactly free, but, pretty inexpensive…and he does have all of his shots.] pic.twitter.com/6qck5KUjwY
— FlatGround (@FlatgroundApp) April 12, 2019
Nunn will head to the Dodgers’ minor leagues, although the level has not been announced. If he continues to develop, it would not be surprising to see Nunn pitch in the big leagues at some point this season or next season.
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